Prince Philip’s last days: Duke ‘had a twinkle in his eye right to the end’

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PRINCE PHILIP had “a twinkle in his eye right to the end” according to a former palace spokeswoman.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. Tributes poured in for the longest-serving consort to a monarch in British history. Philip’s funeral will take place on Saturday.

Following his death, former palace spokeswoman Ailsa Anderson said the Duke’s many qualities stayed with him “right to the end”.

She told People Magazine: “Oh gosh, he was charming! He still had a twinkle in his eye right to the end.

“When he spoke to you, you thought you were the only person who mattered in the world.

“It was like a lighthouse beacon shining onto you, and you feel like the only person he wanted to talk to.”

The former aide added how the Duke was also humble and engaging.

She continued: “He would always ask people what they were reading.

“He never talked about his life.

“You had to prompt the stories out of him.”

Following Philip’s death, a statement from Buckingham Palace read: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Prince Philip royal timeline

Prince Philip royal timeline (Image: Express)

Members of the Royal Family have all paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Charles paid tribute to his “dear Papa” and said: “My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that.

“It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”

Prince Philip’s other children have all paid tribute to him following his sad passing.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Getty)

Princess Anne added: “You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready.

“My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well-lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate.”

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at 3pm on Saturday, April 17.

The ceremony will be held at St George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, and will be televised.

Prince Philip passed away on Friday

Prince Philip passed away on Friday (Image: Getty)

Due to coronavirus restrictions, just 30 people will be allowed to attend, socially distanced.

Today the list of guests was announced, they include: The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Sophie Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, Viscount Severn, Prince William, Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Earl of Snowdon, Lady Sarah Chatto, Daniel Chatto, Duke of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, and Countess Mountbatten, Penelope “Penny” Knatchbull.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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