Prince William ‘broke away’ from ‘chaperoning’ Queen to make solo Prince Philip tribute

Prince William 'broke away' from Queen for visit says expert

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Prince William made a moving tribute to Prince Philip during a public engagement that held huge significance for the late royal. The Duke of Cambridge had been visiting the BAE Systems shipyard in Govan to witness the construction of HMS Glasgow and speak to ship workers. ITV Royal Rota podcast host Chris Ship explained what happened.

He told listeners: “It was William who was the chaperone for the first two days.

“He broke away from the Queen to do a solo engagement.

“And he spoke about his grandfather.

“After that, Princess Anne took over chaperoning for the next couple of days.”

In his speech, William had said: “It is a real honour to see the navy’s incredible new Type 26 ships under construction.

“My family’s affection for the Royal Navy is well known.

“As I saw the work taking place here today, I was thinking of my grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

“He would have been fascinated and excited to see such advances in skills and technology being put into practice.”

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The Duke was accompanying the Queen during some of her Holyrood Week visits.

Each summer the monarch and other members of the Royal Family carry out visits across Scotland celebrating Scottish culture, achievement and communities.

Last year her usual visit was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

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William’s tribute comes only three months after Philip’s passing.

Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke of Edinburgh had died on April 9.

He was 99 years old, making him the longest-serving consort in British history.

William attended his grandfather’s funeral with other close family and friends in mid-April.

The ceremony was massively scaled down due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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