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Prince William mourns Queen Elizabeth II’s death

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As he reflected on how the world had lost an “extraordinary leader,” Britain’s Prince William said on Saturday that he knew the day would come when his “Grannie” Queen Elizabeth II would no longer be with him, but that it would take some time for the realisation to set in.

The 40-year-old said in his first statement as the Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, posted on Instagram, that he would support his father, the new monarch, in order to honour the memory of the late monarch.

William concluded his brief statement by saying, “I knew this day would come, but it will take some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.

William concluded his brief statement by saying, “I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.”

Prince William said, “On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute 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 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.”

The late Duke of Cornwall thanked his late grandmother for her generosity toward him and his family and said he was grateful on behalf of his generation for her “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 a 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.”

As they observed the floral tributes left by members of the public at the gates of Windsor Castle, the Queen’s royal residence in Berkshire, south-east England, he was soon joined by his wife, Catherine Princess of Wales, as well as his brother Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle.

The foursome shook hands and spoke to members of the public gathered at the castle to pay their respects in the wake of the Queen’s passing, in what is perceived as a moment of royal unity amid reports of tension between the two brothers. After ruling for 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch with the longest reign in the UK, passed away on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96.

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