‘I will miss my Grandpa’: Prince William’s touching tribute to his grandfather

Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:47 pm
Prince Phillip and Prince William enjoy the build up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Prince William has said that he will “miss my Grandpa” in a touching tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Kensington Palace also shared a new photograph of a young Prince George with his great-grandfather Philip alongside the message from William.

The image was taken in Norfolk in 2015 by the Duchess of Cambridge.

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The Duke of Cambridge has described the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on Friday, as "an extraordinary man" (Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge)

‘He would want us to get on with the job’

The Duke of Cambridge said in his statement: "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."