The Queen left a heartfelt goodbye letter on Prince Philip’s coffin from 'Lilibet'

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Buckingham Palace confirmed the tragic news this month that Prince Philip had passed away, aged 99.

'It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,' Buckingham Palace announced in a statement.

'His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.'

Royal family members have paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh and have been rallying around the Queen, with Prince Harry even flying back to the UK and HM's 'gang of four' stepping up to support her.

This weekend saw Prince Philip's private funeral, with just 30 attendees invited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Guests included valued staff, close friends and royal family members, supporting Queen Elizabeth as they celebrated Prince Philip's life and said their goodbyes.

While a lot of the royal family's proceedings were private, the Queen did make a heartfelt statement, with Her Majesty leaving a handwritten note on her late husband's coffin, signing it with his nickname for her, 'Lilibet'.

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The couple famously wrote letters to each other over the course of their marriage, and the final letter from Her Majesty was laid on top of Prince Philip's coffin with a wreath from his wife.

Our thoughts are with the royal family at this tragic time.

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