Prince Edward and Sophie view flowers and tributes for Prince Philip ahead of funeral

16 Apr 2021, 16:31

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Prince Edward and wife Sophie have been spotted looking over the heartfelt messages and tributes to Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex said goodbye to the Duke of Edinburgh last week.

Paying their respects today (April 16), the couple visited St George’s Chapel to look at the thousands of flowers and tributes to Philip.

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie viewed flowers at Windsor Castle (Credit: Sky News)

Prince Edward and Sophie visit Windsor Castle

Edward, 57, and Sophie, 56, were also joined by their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, 17.

The family were seen reading the touching notes in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh.

At one point, Sophie read out a handwritten letter amongst the pile.

Read more: Prince Philip funeral: Queen will ‘behave with extraordinary dignity’

Dressed in black, the trio stayed for around 15 minutes before leaving.

The outing comes shortly after Prince Charles and Camilla looked at tributes at Marlborough House Gardens.

During the visit, the pair seemed visibly moved as they read through the heartfelt notes.

Edward and Sophie were joined by their daughter Lady Louise Windsor (Credit: Sky News)

According to Hello! magazine, one card read: “Your memory will never fade. Rest in Peace.”

In addition, a second said: “We are so sorry for your profound loss Your Majesty’s ‘strength and stay’ will endure in our hearts always.”

The public were urged not to lay flowers to prevent crowds – but that didn’t stop royal fans.

Edward pays tribute to his father

Meanwhile, Edward recently shared a touching statement to his beloved father.

The Earl of Wessex told ITV: “My parents have been such a fantastic support to each other during all those years and all those events and all those tours and events overseas.

“To have someone that you confide in and smile about things that you perhaps could not in public. To be able to share that is immensely important.”

Prince Edward shared a close bond with his father (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Furthermore, it’s believed Edward and Sophie have fully supported the Queen in recent days.

Following Philip’s death, the pair were spotted visiting the monarch at Windsor.

As the couple left and drove through crowds outside the castle, Sophie had tears in her eyes as she said the Queen “has been amazing”.

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Sky News’ royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills shared: “The Earl and Countess of Wessex have just driven past the crowds outside Windsor Castle.

“Sophie had tears in her eyes and told me through the car window ‘the Queen has been amazing.’”

Edward and Sophie also share 13-year-old James, Viscount Severn.

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