‘Your Message Has Proved Great Comfort’—See Kate and William’s Response to Expressions of Condolence Following Prince Philip’s Death
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Prince Philip died at the age of 99 in April, and the royal family were presumably inundated with messages of condolence from the public.
Now we’ve been provided with a glimpse at the thank-you note with which Duchess Kate and Prince William responded to one such message.
It said, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thank you for your kind words following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.
“Their Royal Highnesses have been incredibly moved by the many thoughtful messages they have received in recent weeks. They will all miss their much loved grandfather and great-grandfather, but your message has provided great comfort at this difficult time.”
The Condolence reply from the Cambridges following the death of Prince Philip.
— Gert’s Royal Replies (@GertsReplies) August 18, 2021
The thank-you note bears a black border, which the royal family uses on its official stationary during a period of mourning, and enclosed was a photo of Philip in his military uniform.
When he died, Kate and William posted a picture of a two-year-old Prince George being taken for a carriage ride with his great-grandfather.
In the sweet phoot, which was snapped in Norfolk in 2015 by Kate, Philip holds the horses’ reins and a whip in his hands while beside him on the carriage seat George has a picture book spread on his lap and is wearing a very cute blue Icelandic jumper.
Describing his grandfather’s life as “defined by service”, William 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.”
He went on, “My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation.”