Royal News Roundup: Prince Philip's Passing, the Royal Family's Response & More
HERE, ALL THE ROYAL NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 16, 2021.
It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.? The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
- Last Friday, the British royal family announced Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, died "peacefully at Windsor Castle" at the age of 99. They shared the news in a statement, which was posted on the royal website and on Twitter that read, "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh."
Queen Elizabeth attended an engagement for the first time since the loss of her husband this week, even though she is currently in her 8-day mourning period. Per the Court Circular—which documents daily engagements conducted by members of the royal family—the 94-year-old monarch hosted a ceremony on Tuesday at Windsor Castle for Earl Peel, who recently left his post as Lord Chamberlain.
On Wednesday, Prince Charles, 72, visited the growing Prince Philip memorial at Marlborough House Gardens in London. Prince Charles attended the outing alongside his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, who offered comfort during his time of need. During the outing, the royal couple appeared visibly touched as they admired flowers, cards and posters that were left in honor of his father.
- On Thursday, we got a never-before-seen photo of Meghan Markle on social media. Writer and creator of NBC’s Suits, Aaron Korsh, shared a throwback image featuring the cast, including the duchess, on his personal Twitter account. He captioned the post, “Back when we were young. Before all the hubbub. Photo by @halfadams.”
All of the statements made by members of the royal family
Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, immediately paid tribute to Philip on their joint social media accounts. In fact, they completely changed their Twitter page, replacing their main photo with one of Prince Philip. In addition, on both Twitter and Instagram, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge changed their profile pictures.
Shortly after the announcement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who no longer have any active social media accounts, changed the homepage of their official Archewell website to include a message. “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021. Thank you for your service... You will be greatly missed,” the statement read.
Prince Charles also made a statement for his father on behalf of the royal family. His words were shared in a video on the Clarence House Instagram account. The Prince of Wales began, "I particularly wanted to say that my father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to the Queen, to my family, and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth."
Prince Harry honored his late grandfather in a brand-new heartfelt statement. The Duke of Sussex released a sweet message via the Archewell communications team, reading, “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next.”
The same day, William shared a personal statement in honor of the Duke of Edinburgh on Instagram. The throwback post featured a sweet snap of his grandfather and his oldest child, Prince George, riding in a carriage and smiling at the camera. And according to the caption, Kate Middleton took the photograph herself.
On Wednesday, the 31-year-old granddaughter of Prince Philip, Princess Eugenie, posted a special tribute on social media. The slideshow features two photos of the princess and Prince Philip. The first one shows Princess Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, standing alongside their grandpa. It’s followed by a candid shot of young Princess Eugenie receiving a pat on the head by Prince Philip.
Other messages shared on behalf of the late-royal
To celebrate Prince Philip's life, the @RoyalFamily instagram account shared a stunning quote from Her Majesty The Queen that dates back to 1997. In the quote, Queen Elizabeth II speaks of her husband, saying, "He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know."
On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth and Prince William released not one, but two, images of the late royal spending quality time with the seven youngest members of his family. The first throwback shows Philip and Her Majesty with their great-grandchildren while the second image, which was taken at Balmoral in 2015, features the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiling for the camera with their two eldest children as well as Philip and Liz.
This week, the royal family took another walk down memory lane in a separate slideshow on IG. The post features photos of the late prince posing with various members of the family, including a young Prince Charles. The caption read, “Today, members of the Royal Family have shared photographs of The Duke of Edinburgh, remembering him as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather.”
Want to know more about Prince Philip’s funeral?
- Prince Harry flew across the pond this week ahead of the services
- When and where are the proceedings taking place and how can you watch them?
- Palace says Princes William & Harry will not walk side by side at Prince Philip’s service
- No one in the royal family will be in military uniforms at the funeral
- How to send a message of condolence to Queen Elizabeth and her family
- Here’s who will be attending the funeral service
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