Prince William has issued a statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, paying tribute to the woman who was both his sovereign and his grandmother.
In his statement, the new Prince of Wales hails the Queen as “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.”
William then offers a personal note of reflection. “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,” he states.
The Queen, he adds, “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.”
He concludes by writing, “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.”
Statement from the new Prince of Wales- Prince William on the loss of his grandmother the Queen pic.twitter.com/PJkO1JXzIT
— James Briggs (@jamescbriggs) September 10, 2022