WATCH | Charles’ touching tribute to “dear papa” Prince Philip

The Prince of Wales has spoken publicly for the first time since the passing of his father the Duke of Edinburgh, saying that the Royal Family has been “deeply touched” by the kindness of people worldwide as they “share our loss and our sorrow”.

His statement comes after confirmation that his funeral will take place next Saturday and will be accompanied by a national minute’s silence to acknowledge the incredible contribution of the Duke to our national life.

“I particularly wanted to say that my father, for the last seventy years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to the Queen, to my family, and to the country – and also to the whole of the Commonwealth” said the Prince of Wales in a statement outside his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire.

“As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously. He was a much loved and appreciated figure, and apart from anything else I can imagine, we are so deeply touched by the number of other people here – and elsewhere around the world and in the Commonwealth – who also, I think, share our loss and our sorrow.

“My dear papa was a very special person who, I think, above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him.

“And from that point of view, we are – my family – deeply grateful for all that. It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”

The passing of the Duke of Edinburgh has seen tributes pour in from around the world, as Commonwealth heads of state and a procession of past and present US presidents reminisce about the man who served Britain for more than 70 years and saw generations of leaders come and go.