Prince Philip 'would quietly excuse himself' as Queen prepared young William to be King

In his tribute to his grandfather, William said he will “always be grateful” for the kindness Philip showed to his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.

He said three days after the Duke’s death: “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!”

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