Edward VIII praises Queen Elizabeth II's reign in 1969
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The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9, aged 99, and had been married to the Queen for over 70 years. Throughout the week, people continued to leave flowers at royal residences across the country. The British monarch issued a statement on Thursday in which she expressed her deep gratitude to the public for their messages of support.
On behalf of the Queen, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “Her Majesty and the Royal Family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to see and hear so many people sharing fond memories of the Duke in celebration of his life.
“The tributes received from young and old are truly a testament to the remarkable life and lasting endeavours of His Royal Highness.”
The Palace also released further details about the upcoming funeral ceremony on Saturday.
Prince William and Harry will walk apart for their grandfather’s funeral.
They will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips as they follow behind Prince Philip’s coffin.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: “The arrangements have been agreed, and they represent Her Majesty’s wishes.”
The Palace also confirmed that none of the Royals would be appearing in military uniform.
Instead, they will wear morning coat with medals or day dress.
Reports have suggested the decision may have been taken to spare embarrassment for Harry, who was stripped of his military titles after quitting the Royal Family.
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Prince Charles and Princess Anne will lead the procession of Royals walking behind the coffin as it travels from Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel.
Both William and Harry will walk behind Andrew and Prince Edward.
Inside the chapel, as a bearer party of Royal Marines carry the coffin to the catafalque, William will walk next to Peter Phillips, and ahead of Harry.
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