In his first public comments since Prince Philip’s death, the Duke of Cambridge said he felt “lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life”.
He pledged that he and the Duchess of Cambridge would “continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead”, adding: “I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”
The statement from Kensington Palace was shared alongside a previously unreleased photograph of a young Prince George with his great-grandfather Philip.
George is pictured sat beside the duke on the box seat of a carriage, as Philip holds the reins and a whip. In the image, taken in Norfolk in 2015, the young future king is dressed in shorts and a knitted jumper and is holding open a picture book. The image was taken in Norfolk in 2015.
In the statement, William said: “My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.
“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. I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her.
“I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!
“My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”