Princess Anne: 'I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my mother's life'

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Princess Anne released a heartfelt statement paying tribute to her late mother, the Queen, last night.

Within it, the Princess Royal confirmed that she was there for the last moments of the Queen's life. She said she felt 'fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother's life'.

The Queen's only daughter, 72, also shared how it was 'an honour and a privilege' to accompany the Queen on her final journey as she travelled alongside the late monarch's coffin to London.

Princess Anne wrote how the outpouring of love shown to Great Britain's longest-serving monarch as she travelled through Scotland from Balmoral to Edinburgh was 'humbling' and 'uplifting'.

The princess was in Scotland when the Queen was taken ill - and reportedly stayed at her bedside at Balmoral while senior royals arrived to say their final farewells.

'We will all share unique memories,' she wrote. 'I offer my thanks to each and every one who share our sense of loss.

After remarking on the Queen's profound 'contribution to our national identity' she thanked the public for the 'support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles' as he steps up to assume his duties as King. During the period of national mourning - and beyond.

The touching tribute was posted alongside a cosy mother-daughter photo of Anne and The Queen sat on a sofa in the White Drawing Room of Drawing Room of Windsor Castle. The picture was taken to mark the late monarch's 90th birthday in 2016.

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The sentiment with which she ended her statement - released on the Royal Family's Instagram account - really echoed the spirit of the nation. 'To my mother, The Queen, thank you.'

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