Prince William has released a statement following the death of Prince Philip and said the Duke of Edinburgh would want the Royal Family to ‘get on with the job’.
The 38-year-old called his grandfather ‘an extraordinary man’ in the tribute and revealed he ‘will always be grateful’ for how he treated his wife, Kate Middleton.
He said: “I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days.
“I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her.
“I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!
“My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation.
“Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead.
“I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”
The Royal Family confirmed Prince Philip had died with a statement on Friday, April 9.
It read: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“Further announcements will be made in due course.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Prince Philip’s funeral will take place on April 17.
It will be held at St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, and will be televised.
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