Queen attends private mass for Prince Philip as other royals gather at church service

Prince Philip: Queen 'absolutely devastated' says expert

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The Queen has described the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh as “having left a huge void in her life”, her son Prince Andrew said today. He shared the personal feelings of his mother after attending a church service where members of the royal family said prayers for Philip as the nation remembered him. However, Her Majesty appears to have paid her respects differently this morning. 

Royal expert Rebecca English tweeted: “Her Majesty The Queen celebrated mass privately in Windsor Castle today.

“Just to confirm, however, that it was not in the Private Chapel where #PrincePhilip’s coffin is resting.”

Andrew described the death of his father as resonating with many people, saying: “We’ve lost almost the grandfather of the nation.”

His brother the Earl of Wessex said Philip’s death was a “dreadful shock” and the family was still “trying to come to terms with that”.

The Countess of Wessex candidly described the circumstances of Philip’s death as “very peaceful” when she chatted to a member of the congregation, saying it was if “somebody took him by the hand and off he went”.

Andrew said members of the family have been rallying round to support the Queen as she deals with the death of her partner of more than 70 years.

The Duke of York 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.

Andrew said: “The Queen, as you would expect, is an incredibly stoic person

“She described it as having left a huge void in her life but we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we’re there to support her.”

Sophie and Edward appeared visibly moved as they spoke about the Queen, with their daughter by their side, after the service.

The Queen is “thinking of others before herself”, the countess said, and Edward added: “As always. But bearing up, and again it’s just that wave of affection for him and just those lovely stories.

“They just mean so much and the tributes have been just fantastic. That’s really, really important and we really do appreciate it.”

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