Prince William pays tribute to 'Grannie' in sweet statement

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Prince William has released his first statement since the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II, paying tribute to his grandmother. In the sweet post, the newly-appointed Prince of Wales refers to the Queen's "wisdom and reassurance" that he feels incredibly "grateful" to have experienced from over the years.

Referring to the late monarch as his 'Grannie', William said that "I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real".

He also mentioned his wife Catherine, now the Princess of Wales, and their three children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, expressing how grateful he was that they spent quality time with the Queen creating memories together "that will last their whole lives". The Queen has twelve great-grandchildren in total.

In reference to the tragic passing of the Prince of Wales' own mother, Princess Diana, William also added that the Queen was "by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life."

Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

The full tribute reads: "On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.

I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen's wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.

My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.

She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life.

I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.

I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age, but always relevant to us all.

My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen.

I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can."

The statement came on the same day that King Charles III was proclaimed King in a declaration ceremony to the Accession Council. The Prince of Wales attended in his new position as heir to the throne.

Later, Prince William travelled back to Windsor to join the Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they met with well-wishers outside the castle.

The nation is now in a period of national mourning, with a number of events and ceremonies planned over the coming days in the lead-up to Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, which will be a national Bank Holiday, on Monday 19th September.

Our thoughts are with the royal family at this sad time.

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