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Touching tribute Prince William pays tribute to his ‘extraordinary’ grandfather Prince Philip

The Queen is said to be bearing up stoically following the loss of the duke her “strength and stay”.

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Duke of Edinburgh with Prince George in Norfolk in 2015 (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)

Duke of Edinburgh with Prince George in Norfolk in 2015 (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)

Duke of Edinburgh with Prince George in Norfolk in 2015 (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)

Prince Philip has paid a heartfelt tribute to his grandfather Prince Philip, describing him as an “extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation”.

William is the first of Philip’s grandchildren to publicly honour his memory and in a statement spoke of his relationship with Kate and expressed his gratitude for the “kindness he showed her”.

The future king summed up the duke saying his “…life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family”.

Over the weekend the duke’s four children spoke movingly about the loss of their father and how the Queen is stoically coping after her husband of 73 years died peacefully on Friday.

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The Queen and Philip were joined by their grandsons Harry and William, with wife Kate, during celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The Queen and Philip were joined by their grandsons Harry and William, with wife Kate, during celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The Queen and Philip were joined by their grandsons Harry and William, with wife Kate, during celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The duke said about Philip: “My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.

“I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days.

“I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her.

“I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!

“My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”

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Kensington Palace tweeted the duke’s statement together with a touching new photograph of a young Prince George with his great-grandfather Philip.

George, a future King, was pictured sat by the duke’s side on the box seat of a carriage, as Philip held the reins and a whip.

Dressed in shorts and a knitted jumper, George is holding open a picture book in the photo taken in Norfolk in 2015.

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