Prince Philip death: Princess Anne wears black outfit for first royal engagement since father's demise
The 70-year-old wrote about her father, Prince Phillip's death: "You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready"
Princess Anne was spotted for the first time after her father’s death in clothes that showed she was in mourning. Prince Philip breathed his last on Friday, April 9. Princess Anne, 70, the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh was seen in a black coat and trousers along with large sunglasses as she arrived on the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
After the demise of the oldest member of the royal family, Anne issued a very emotional statement that read, “You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready. My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate. His ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills comes through all the organizations with which he was involved.”
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She continued, “I regard it as an honor and a privilege to have been asked to follow in his footsteps and it has been a pleasure to have kept him in touch with their activities. I know how much he meant to them, in the UK, across the Commonwealth and in the wider world. I would like to emphasize how much the family appreciates the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he also touched. We will miss him but he leaves a legacy which can inspire us all.”
The funeral of Philip, who was about to turn 100 in June, has been scheduled for Saturday, April 17. It is expected that Anne along with other family members, including Prince Harry, who has returned to the UK from the US, will take part in the Ceremonial Royal Funeral at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. They all will reportedly be following Covid-19 related health and safety needs for the event.
HELLO! reported that for the ceremony, the Queen’s daughter will dress differently than other women members of the royal family. The magazine has stated that Anne is expected to wear her military uniform since royals have worn them at state occasions since the 19th century. Despite the fact that she was not in the military like her two brothers Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, she owns an honorary Rear Admiral title.
In 2002, when Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother died and during her funeral in April, royals - who hold a military rank - donned full military uniforms. Anne also chose the trousers of a Rear Admiral, which was kind of unique at that time.
However, during the Saturday ceremony on April 17, other women of the famous family, including The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, and Eugenie will wear black dresses, tights, and other forms of dress that will indicate that they are in mourning.
Meanwhile, on Anne’s tribute to her father, several people reacted in the comment section of the Instagram post. One user wrote, “My condolences to the entire family. Loss of a parent no matter the age is always heartbreaking.” Another one said, “Absolutely loving seeing these photos of clearly such a wonderful husband and father.” “The Prince was all man, an OG and a class act,” the third added.