A few days after Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh passed away, his only daughter, Princess Anne, put out a touching statement to honor him and the legacy he left behind.
Following the heartbreaking death of Prince Philip, his daughter, Princess Anne, penned a heartfelt tribute in honor of him. The post, which was shared on Instagram, included a sweet photo of Anne with her father and a moving statement which read:
"You know it's going to happen but you are never really ready. My father has been my teacher…"
Princess Anne posing for a portrait at her home at Gatcombe Park in late February 2020. The photo was released to celebrate the Princess's 70th birthday | Photo: Getty Images
The princess's tribute continued saying that her father's well-lived life and freely given servitude were his most important characteristics that she most wanted to emulate.
She also praised his ability to regard every person as an individual in their own right through every organization with which he was involved. Anne added that she sees it as an honor and privilege to have been able to follow in her late father's footsteps.
The statement also revealed that she enjoyed keeping her father in the loop with the activities of the many organizations he was deeply invested in, including in the UK, the Commonwealth, and across the globe.
Concluding her message, Princess Anne thanked the royal family's supporters, who shared messages and memories of how the late Prince Philip touched their lives. She wrote that they would miss him dearly as they continue to be inspired by his legacy.
According to [Philip's] daughter-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, his passing was gentle and peaceful
Princess Anne is not the only child of the late Prince Philip to pay tribute to him. Her older brother, Prince Charles, also paid homage to the late Duke of Edinburgh in a statement.
The prince appeared in a pre-recorded statement, in which he spoke of the incredible and impactful life his father lived, as well as the legacy he left behind. He began:
"...I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him."
Speaking in his Tetbury, Gloucestershire country home, Charles solemnly added that the kind words being offered to their family would sustain them and help them during such a challenging period.
The late Prince Philip passed away in his sleep at Windsor Castle on the morning of Friday, April 9, at the age of 99. Windsor Castle is where he and Queen Elizabeth have spent most of the past year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to his daughter-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, his passing was gentle and peaceful, a death fitting for a man of his character. Prince Philip was the nation's longest-serving consort, and he will be dearly missed.