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Queen Elizabeth’s funeral: Prince Andrew remembers ‘mummy’


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Ahead of the Queen’s funeral, Britain fell silent for a moment of reflection as royal relatives – including Prince Andrew and Camilla, the new Queen Consort – made statements of remembrance.

Ahead of the monarch’s public service, the Duke of York broke his silence to remember his “mother, mother, Your Majesty”.

He paid tribute to his mother Elizabeth, saying: “Mum, your love for your son, your compassion, your concern, your confidence, I will cherish forever.”

Andrei hailed the late monarch for her “endless knowledge and wisdom that knows no bounds or restraint”, adding: “I will miss your insight, advice and humour”.

He accompanied his words with a black-and-white photo taken by public photographer Cecil Beaton of his mother holding him as a newborn in March 1960.

Prince Andrew shared a photo of his newborn with his mother. Photo: Buckingham Palace

Andreiwho retired from public life due to his friendship with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in 2019, said: “As our book of experiences closes, another opens,” adding that he is “excited to step into the next one with you as my guide.”

The Queen’s disgraced second son has paid millions of pounds to settle a civil case for sexually assaulting a woman he claimed he had never met.

Australian Virginia Giuffre sued him for allegedly sexually abusing her when she was 17 after being sold by Epstein.

Duke denied the claim.

In January, ahead of his court settlement, the Queen stripped the Duke of all his honorary military duties, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and he gave up his HRH style.

But since his mother’s death, Andrew has been a public presence at family events – and has worn military uniform to funeral services, even though his nephew, Prince Harry, an Afghanistan veteran, has been told not to.

The royal family’s official Twitter account did not share Andrew’s statement.

On Sunday night (local time), the account featured comments from the Queen Consort, who shared a personal memory of the Queen.

Camilla, the king’s wife, recalled how her mother-in-law saw the funny side of the shoe mishap.

In a televised speech in tribute to the late monarch, Camilla described the Queen’s “beautiful blue eyes” and how her gaze can be a little off if you “dare to question” her equestrian knowledge.

The queen consort, who has known the monarch for decades, said the queen had a clear line between her public duties and her private life, and her summer holiday at Balmoral in Scotland was a moment for “her enjoyment”.

Her tribute aired shortly before the national moment of silence at 8pm local time.

Speaking about her wedding day on 9 April 2005, the Queen Consort said: “I remember coming from here, Clarence House, [to] went to Windsor the day I got married when I probably wasn’t firing on all cylinders, I was very nervous and for some unknown reason I wore a pair of shoes, one with an inch (2.5cm) heel and the other had a two inch (five centimetre) heel.

“I mean the hop-a-long talk and there’s nothing I can do.

“I was halfway in the car before I realized it, and you know, she…she saw it and laughed about it and said, ‘Look, I’m so sorry,’ and she had a good sense of humor. »

The late monarch was never happier than when visiting his thoroughbreds at the royal stud or watching them race, with Camilla commenting on his “passion for racing”.

The Queen Consort said: “She was able to escape to Sandringham. She had a stud farm next door. She could go every day, see her foals, do, you know, the next meetings for the year. I think she always kept it, you know, her, her private part.

“You wouldn’t dare question her or argue with her about how horses are bred or how they run because you’ll get a very steely blue-eyed look again.”

Camilla said: “She’s made it a rule that she has her private time and her private hobbies and then her public role, and I think that’s very important that, you know, the diary is planned so you know when you in the service.

“Then when she went to Scotland in August, you know that was the moment she had fun.

“Even though she was probably working, you know, with her red boxes all over the place, she could have a family, she could do what she loved.”

Camilla also spoke about the Queen’s “unforgettable” smile in pre-recorded words.

“She has such beautiful blue eyes that when she smiles they light up her whole face. I will always remember that smile, you know, that smile is unforgettable,” she said.

– from AAP


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