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Queen left with ‘huge void’ in her life after Philip’s death – Prince Andrew

The Queen has described the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh as “having left a huge void in her life”.

Prince Andrew revealed the personal feelings of his mother the Queen after attending a church service where members of the royal family said prayers for Philip as the nation remembered him.

He movingly described the passing of his father as resonating with many people, saying: “We’ve lost the grandfather of the nation.”

Andrew was joined at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, by the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor for a Sunday service.



The Duke of York during a television interview at the Royal Chapel of All Saints

The duke said about his father’s death: “She described it as having left a huge void in her life, but we the family – the ones that are closer – are rallying round to make sure we’re there…”

The Earl of Wessex told reporters that Prince Philip’s death has been “a dreadful shock.”

He said: “It’s been a bit of a shock. 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.



The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor

“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.

“And it just goes to show, he might have been our father, grandfather, father-in-law, but he meant so much to so many other people.”


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The Queen is “thinking of others before herself”, the Countess of Wessex said as she left a church service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

The Earl of Wessex added: “As always. But bearing up, and again it’s just that wave of affection for him (the Duke of Edinburgh) and just those lovely stories.

“They just mean so much and the tributes have been just fantastic. That’s really, really important and we really do appreciate it.”




Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury paid tribute to Philip during a remembrance service at Canterbury Cathedral and described the duke as someone who had a “remarkable willingness” to “take the hand he was dealt in life”.

Justin Welby, speaking at a remembrance service on Sunday for Philip, said the royal family was dealing with the “blow” of bereavement as anyone who has suffered grief will know.

He addressed a socially distanced congregation at the service from Canterbury Cathedral, which was also streamed live online.


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Mr Welby said: “For His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, there was a willingness, a remarkable willingness, to take the hand he was dealt in life, and straightforwardly to follow its call.

“To search its meaning, to go out and on as sent, to inquire and think, to trust and to pray.”

He also noted that although Philip was a man of great faith, he would have “harrumphed” at the idea of “over-spiritualisation”.

He said: “Where we find lives that have prophetic aspects of foreseeing and practical applications of inspiring, as with Prince Philip, we see signs of this new creation of the spirit of God.

“We should not exaggerate. The duke would have been the first to harrumph strongly at over-spiritualisation of the world he found, let alone of himself.”

While Philip’s death has been recognised and reported on worldwide, Mr Welby told those watching that for any family the pain of bereavement is personal, saying “loss is loss”.

He said: “For the royal family, as for every other, no words can reach into the depth of sorrow that goes into bereavement.

“We all know that it is not simply a factor of age or familiarity. It is not obliterated by the reality of a very long life remarkably led, nor is the predictability of death’s arrival a softening of the blow.

“Loss is loss.”

The archbishop urged prayers for the family and others who are dealing with grief.

He said: “We can indeed pray that the Duke of Edinburgh may rest in peace and rise in glory.

“We may pray for comfort. We may pray and offer love for all who find that a great life leaves a very great gap.

“For the royal family and the millions who have themselves suffered loss, we can know that the presence of Christ will bring peace, and the light of Christ will shine strongly, and it is in that light that we can strengthen one another with eternal hope.”

It is expected Mr Welby will officiate at the funeral service in St George’s Chapel alongside David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, on Saturday afternoon.

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