The Queen sends message to the public ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral

The Queen has sent a message to well-wishers who have offered messages of condolence and tributes following the death of her husband Prince Philip. 

The 94-year-old monarch and her family are “grateful” for the kindness and support shown by people around the world, and “touched” by the tributes, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said.

It came as new details about the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, to be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday afternoon, were released on Thursday.

The Queen will sit by herself and wear a face mask throughout the 50-minute service, and Princes William and Harry will not walk shoulder to shoulder during an eight-minute procession before the funeral.

Speaking on behalf of the Queen, a Buckingham Palace 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 tributes received from young and old are truly a testament to the remarkable life and lasting endeavours of His Royal Highness.”