The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share touching tribute to Prince Philip

Leah Sinclair
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared a touching tribute to Prince Philip.

The royal couple posted a black-and-white image of the Duke of Edinburgh on their official Royal Foundation website on Friday.

The image, which shows the late Duke smiling, was shared after Buckingham Palace announced the duke’s death.

Prince William was due to appear at last night’s Bafta awards but withdrew following his grandfather’s death.

"In light of The Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, The Duke of Cambridge will no longer be part of Bafta programming this weekend," the Bafta said in a statement.

"Our thoughts are with the Royal Family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy at this time."

William is expected to walk behind his grandfather’s coffin alongside brother Harry at next week’s funeral.

A memorial service was held this morning at Canterbury Cathedral as part of eight days of mourning ahead of next Saturday’s funeral.

During the service Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said The Duke of Edinburgh had a "remarkable willingness" to "take the hand he was dealt in life".

Speaking at the remembrance service he said: "It is God who creates, God who calls, and God who sends.

"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."

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major spoke of the support given to the Queen by the Duke of Edinburgh over the years.

He told BBC’s Andrew Marr: "Consider the position the Queen is in. She is the head of state, that is a very lonely position in many ways.

"There are a limited number of people to whom she can really open her heart, to whom she can really speak with total frankness, to whom she can say things that would be reported by other people and thought to be indelicate.

"Of the handful of people to whom she can speak frankly, her husband, Prince Philip, was obviously the first one.

"At times of difficulty, he was the person who was there, he was the person to whom she could unburden herself.

"And when you’re facing a sea of problems, as she so often was, and sometimes when you’re overwhelmed by what has to be done, someone who understands that, someone that can take part of the burden, someone who can share the decision-making, someone who can metaphorically - or in the case of Prince Philip, I think, probably literally - put their arms around you and say ‘it’s not as bad as you think, this is what we have to do’.

“I think when you talk of him being a great support, that was it."

The Duke of Edinburgh died following a month-long hospital stay earlier this year and underwent surgery for a pre-existing heart condition last month.

He was discharged on March 16 and returned to Windsor Castle where he and the Queen had been spending the latest lockdown with a small group of household staff.

Philip was just weeks from his milestone 100th birthday on June 10.

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