Queen ‘touched’ and ‘grateful’ for Prince Philip tributes ahead of his funeral

The Queen has been "touched" by the public's messages of condolences and tributes to Prince Philip, since his death a week ago.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said the royal family are "grateful" for the support shown to them from across the world, over the past seven days.

The Duke of Edinburgh's final send off will be televised on Saturday as the 99-year-old's funeral takes place at Windsor Castle.

On behalf of the Queen, the spokesperson said: "Her Majesty and the Royal Family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to see and hear so many people sharing fond memories of the Duke in celebration of his life."

The palace believes the outpouring of respect for the late duke reflects just how much he did before and during his role as the monarch's husband, The Sun reports.

"The tributes received from young and old are truly a testament to the remarkable life and lasting endeavours of His Royal Highness," the statement continued.

Speculation that brothers Prince William and Harry will walk beside each other at the funeral, was ended by reports their cousin Peter Phillips will be in between them.

It is alleged the Queen has given specific instructions for Peter to split the brothers who are believed to have fallen out since Harry's move to the US with wife Meghan Markle.

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A Royal source said she does not want anything to "detract" from what the day is about, "commemorating the life of her extraordinary husband."

With the addition of social distancing in accordance to government coronavirus guidelines, the public are unlikely to see the princes any closer than four metres during the service.

Particularly as William will be walking ahead of Harry as they head into St George's Chapel for the service while Harry will follow with the Earl of Snowden.

Princess Anne and Prince Charles will lead the procession.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the final details of Philip's funeral today but said they would not be "drawn into perceptions and drama".

A spokesman added: "The arrangements have been agreed and represent Her Majesty's wishes.

"All of the arrangements have been signed off by Her Majesty.

"All the arrangements are being done to meet with the Duke's wishes and Her Majesty making the final decision."

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