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Prince Philip dies: Tearful Countess of Wessex says ‘the Queen has been amazing’ as she leaves Windsor Castle

Written by on 10 April 2021

Prince Edward’s wife Sophie had tears in her eyes as she told Sky News that “the Queen has been amazing” following the death of her husband, as she left Windsor Castle after visiting the monarch.

The Countess of Wessex made the remarks to Sky’s royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills shortly after midday, having arrived with her husband about an hour earlier to mark Prince Philip’s death.

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Prince Edward and his wife Sophie arrive at Windsor Castle Image: Prince Edward and his wife Sophie arrived at Windsor Castle shortly after 11am The royal couple left the grounds of Windsor Castle shortly after midday Image: The royal couple left the grounds of Windsor Castle about an hour later

Around half an hour later, Prince Andrew was seen leaving Windsor Castle after visiting the Queen.

The Duke of York waved to the public as he drove his Range Rover down a street packed with crowds.

The government has warned people to continue following COVID-19 rules in the wake of the royal death, and to not gather at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.

However, hundreds of people have already travelled to the royal residences.

Prince Andrew waved at the public as he drove away from Windsor Castle Image: Prince Andrew waved at the public as he drove away from Windsor Castle The Queen and Prince Philip arrive for lunch to mark their golden wedding anniversary in 1997 Image: The Queen and Prince Philip pictured marking their golden wedding anniversary in 1997

Edward and Andrew were seen leaving Windsor Castle after gun salutes marking Philip’s death began in London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh at midday.

Gun salutes also took place aboard some Royal Navy ships and in Gibraltar.

The duke had strong military links, including serving with the navy during the Second World War.

The Royal Family had earlier shared the Queen’s moving golden wedding anniversary tribute to Prince Philip.

A tribe on the remote island of Vanuatu which hailed Prince Philip as a god is expected to mark his death with ritual wailing and ceremonial dancing.

The villagers believed the Duke of Edinburgh to be a reincarnation of an ancient warrior who left the archipelago to fight a war.

Philip had maintained a respectful 50-year relationship with the tribe before his death on Friday.

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