Charles and Camilla view flowers left in memory of Philip
By Tony Jones
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have made their first joint public appearance since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh to see flowers left in his memory.
Charles and Camilla made an emotional visit to Marlborough House â the home of the Commonwealth â in central London, where floral tributes laid at the gates of Buckingham Palace are brought each evening.
Charles and Camilla were pictured stopping to look at the bouquets of flowers left by those wanting to honour the duke.
Items left in tribute include a model of a Land Rover similar to the one that will bear Philipâs coffin on Saturday, with the words âThe Duke R.I.Pâ on the roof.
Next to it, a card from âMarian & Marumâ read: âYour memory will never fade. Rest in Peace.â
Another read: âWords cannot even begin to express our sorrow. You are in our prayers.â
One card said: âHRH A True Gentleman. Thank you for your devoted service to our country. We shall miss you.â
Some notes were written for the Queen: âSending our love and condolences on the loss of your beloved Prince Philip, yours always, love Layla, Lis and Neil xxxx.â
One card quoted the monarchâs famous comment about her husband: âWe are so sorry for your profound loss, Your Majestyâs âstrength and stayâ will endure in our hearts always.â
Meanwhile, the Earl of Wessex has thanked holders and participants of the Duke of Edinburghâs Award, and the International Award, for sharing their memories of his father and their experiences of the scheme.
Edward said about Philip: âHe may have departed this world, but his spirit and ethos lives on through his award, through each and every life touched, transformed, inspired; then, now and in the future.â
In a tribute at the weekend, Charles described his late father as a âvery special personâ, and praised him for giving âthe most remarkable, devoted service to the Queen, to my family and to the countryâ for the last 70 years.