The Queen has been left with a ‘huge void’ in her life after the death of husband Prince Philip

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The Queen has been left with a “huge void” in her life after the death of her husband Prince Philip, their son Prince Andrew has said.

The Duke of York has paid tribute to his father, saying his mother is an “incredibly stoic” person in the wake of the family loss.

He said: “She's contemplating.

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“She described it as having left a huge void in her life but we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we're there to support her.”

Prince Andrew, 61, added of his late father: “He was a remarkable man.

“I loved him as a father. He was so calm. He was always someone you could go to. We have lost the grandfather of the nation.”


Prince Andrew joined his brother Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise to attend a private Sunday service at the Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.

The Earl of Wessex, who is the Queen's youngest son, said of his father's passing: "However much one tries to prepare oneself for something like this it's still a dreadful shock."

"And we're still trying to come to terms with that. And it's very, very sad.

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"But I have to say that the extraordinary tribute and the memories that everybody has had and been willing to share has been so fantastic."

Details of Philip’s funeral were released on Saturday. Whilst the service will be broadcast live, his widow, The Queen has approved his wishes to not have a state funeral, instead opting for a royal ceremonial funeral.

Prince Philip's coffin will be transported to St George's Chapel in a Land Rover which was designed with his help.

Members of the Royal Marines and air stations close to the Prince will be selected as pall bearers, with the coffin emerging from the state entrance of Windsor Castle at 2:40pm.

Those in the quadrangle will then be able to pay their respects, whilst members of the public are being asked to stay away due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

According to ITV: "The duke's body will then be transported five minutes later to the West Steps via a procession which will take eight minutes, while the Curfew Tower bell tolls.

"The band of the Grenadier Guards and military chiefs will accompany the procession, to reflect the duke's close relationship with the services.

"Upon being received at the steps, Royal Marines will take the coffin from the Land Rover and carry it up the steps, backed by Household Cavalry pipers, pausing for a national minute’s silence at 3pm.

"Only the Royal Family and the duke’s private secretary will attend the ceremony inside the chapel, leaving others within the grounds to disperse in silence."

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