Prince Philip: Royal Family releases Kate’s photo of Queen and duke with seven great-grandchildren

The Royal Family has released new photographs of the Duke of Edinburgh following his death at the age of 99.

They include an image taken by the Duchess of Cambridge of the Queen and Prince Philip surrounded by seven of their great-grandchildren at Balmoral Castle in 2018.

The previously unseen photo shows Prince Louis cradled in the arms of the Queen, a rare image of the monarch holding one of her 10 great-grandchildren.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s other children Prince George and Princess Charlotte are on either side of the monarch.

Peter Phillips’ daughters, Savannah and Isla, are close to their great-grandfather and at the other end of the sofa are Zara and Mike Tindall’s children Lena – held by her cousin Isla – and Mia.

An image, in a tweet from the account of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, shows Philip and a young Charles on horseback playing polo.

In another photo, posted on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s Twitter account, William and Kate are seen with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Philip, and Her Majesty at Balmoral in 2015.

William is holding George’s hand, while Kate is holding baby Charlotte.

A message on the KensingtonRoyal Twitter account read: "Today we share, along with members of the @RoyalFamily, photographs of The Duke of Edinburgh, remembering him as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather."

On Tuesday, the Queen returned to her royal duties – just four days after her husband’s death on Friday.

On Wednesday, Princess Eugenie posted a tribute to her grandfather on Instagram, saying the duke would be "so touched by all the tributes that have been shared with me the past few days".

Posting a picture of her and elder sister Beatrice with the duke, she said her memories of her grandfather included learning "how to cook, how to paint, what to read" as well as his sense of humour.

The duke’s daughter, Princess Anne, shared her memories of her father’s love of yachting while visiting the Isle of Wight.

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place on Saturday in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and members of the military have been rehearsing for the funeral at Pirbright Barracks in Surrey.

Before the pandemic, plans had been for about 800 attendees but coronavirus measures mean only 30 people will be allowed to attend.

It has not been confirmed who will be there, but Prince Harry will be among them after flying in from America and immediately going into quarantine.

His wife, the Duchess of Sussex, has been advised not to travel as she is heavily pregnant.

Under the funeral plans, the duke’s coffin will be carried to the chapel on a specially-modified Land Rover, which he helped to design.

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