The Queen has described the death of her husband Prince Philip as “having left a huge void in her life”.
The Duke of York revealed the personal feelings of his mother the Queen after attending a church service where members of the royal family said prayers for the Duke of Edinburgh 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 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…”
Canon Martin Poll, chaplain to Windsor Great Park, greeted Edward, Sophie, their teenage daughter and Andrew before the service.
Looking sombre and reflective, the royal party spoke to workers from the Windsor estate and the congregation when they arrived at All Saints, which the Queen normally attends outside of lockdown.
The royals thanked everyone for their support particularly over the last few days following the duke’s death on Friday.
The Queen is “thinking of others before herself”, the Countess of Wessex said as she left the church service.
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.”
Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby 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”.
He told the congregation at the cathedral, and those watching online: “For the royal family, as for every other, no words can reach into the depth of sorrow that goes into bereavement.”