Danielle Stacey The Earl and Countess of Wessex were visibly moved as they viewed floral tributes for the Duke of Edinburgh at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, on Friday
The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, were visibly moved as they viewed floral tributes for the late Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, which have been laid outside St George’s Chapel ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday.
Prince Edward , 55, Sophie, 56, and Sophie, 17, were all dressed in black attire as they read touching messages from members of the public.
While looking over handwritten letters from children, Sophie could be heard saying “how sweet” before speaking to her husband Edward about the amount of bouquets that have been gathered.
A drawing of a flower with a note from Sophia, aged five, read: “You will be greatly missed.”
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The bouquets and cards had been moved from Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks to the private gardens of the Grade I-listed mansion.
The Royal Parks will continue to move the flowers during this period of national mourning. Marlborough House Gardens was chosen so as not to encourage crowds from gathering outside the royal palaces due to COVID-19.
The Wessexes read touching messages from members of the public
Members of the public had been asked not to leave floral tributes at the Queen’s London home or Windsor Castle, where Philip peacefully passed away aged 99, to prevent crowds from forming amid the pandemic.
But that didn’t stop mourners from laying hundreds of bouquets outside the royal residences to pay their respects. Railings were erected outside Buckingham Palace, again for crowd control, and flowers were propped up against them. Others left floral tributes in Windsor.
A tearful Sophie briefly spoke to reporters, saying: “The Queen has been amazing.”
The Wessexes, along with their daughter Louise, also attended a church service at The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor last Sunday.
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