Prince William and Kate Middleton lift the veil on Prince Philip’s death toll on the royal couple in April.
The couple sent thank you cards to supporters who expressed their wishes and condolences after Philip’s death and admitted that dealing with his death was a difficult business.
“They will all be missed by their beloved grandfather and great-grandfather, but your post has brought great solace in this difficult time,” the post said, shared by the blog Gert’s Royal Replies.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thank you for your kind words after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh,” says the memorandum on thick, glossy cardstock. “Their Royal Highnesses have been incredibly moved by the many thoughtful messages they have received in recent weeks.”
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“This card looks a lot more durable than the couple’s normal photo card,” the post also read, adding, “That’s very sweet like that, a goodbye to Prince Philip.”
Clearly still mourning Philip’s death, the warm message was accompanied by a photo of Queen Elizabeth II’s late husband taken in 2012 during his Diamond Jubilee Armed Forces parade and rally at Windsor Castle.
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Sent on official Kensington Palace stationery, “The front of the card features the couple’s individual monograms, W&C under the crowns of the children of the apparent heir. The reverse of the card has a photo credit, ( c) Anthony Devlin, for the interior photo. “
Gert’s Royal Replies believes that the card would “probably be a much more precious memory for the recipients than their usual photo card”, so it was “although they made something of it that would last a very long time”.
The Royal Blog also noted the card’s black border, a typographic feature which they said meant “mourning” and is an “old tradition of the Victorian era”.
“Although some royals use this black mourning border, not all royals need to use it,” the post also mentioned.
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The Duke of Edinburgh had undergone heart surgery earlier this year, but his health problems had started long before.
In 2011, he was rushed to hospital by helicopter after suffering from chest pain and being treated for a blocked coronary artery. In 2017, he spent two nights at King Edward Hospital and was hospitalized for 10 days in 2018 for hip replacement surgery.
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Philip was also hospitalized in December 2019, spending four nights at King Edward Hospital for what the palace said was the planned treatment for a pre-existing condition.
Philip died in April at the age of 99 after a month-long hospital stay. He and the Queen had been married for 73 years previously.
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Following Philip’s funeral – which Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle was unable to attend due to a pregnancy – the warring brothers Prince Harry, 36, and William, 39, were also filmed walking through side of Middleton, 39, when they were released.
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