Charles and Camilla view Prince Philip tributes at Marlborough House


An emotional Prince Charles fought back tears and looked to the heavens today as he and his wife Camilla went to see the tributes left for his father Prince Philip following his death aged 99 six days ago.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were moved by the sea of bouquets, cards and other items left by mourners in the Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace. 

The flowers and condolence messages were transferred from outside the palace and the parks such as St James’ Park to the nearby private gardens at Marlborough House, which is the headquarters of Commonwealth Foundation.

Marlborough House is just along The Mall from Buckingham Palace in central London, and Charles had tears in his eyes this morning while inspecting the flowers and reading cards left for his father as well as notes laid for his mother and other mourning members of the Royal Family. 

Flowers left at Windsor Castle, where the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral takes place tomorrow, have also been collected and placed in the grounds for royals to see them. 

A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘Today, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Marlborough House Gardens to view a selection of flowers left by members of the public in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh.

‘The flowers and condolence messages have been moved from outside Buckingham Palace and within the Royal Parks to the private gardens at Marlborough House. 

‘The Royal Parks will continue to move the flowers during this period of National Mourning. Marlborough House Gardens was chosen so as not to encourage crowds from gathering outside the Royal Palaces due to Covid-19.’ 

It comes as: 

  • Members of the Royal Family will not wear military uniform at Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle on Saturday;
  • The Commandant General of the Royal Marines has spoken of the ‘generous’ time Philip gave to the regiment;
  • Princess Eugenie paid a heartfelt tribute to her ‘dearest Grandpa’, pledging to look after ‘Granny’ for him;
  • Princess Royal reminisced fondly about learning to sail as a child with Philip as she returned to public duties.

The Prince of Wales surveys the tributes as he visits the gardens of Marlborough House in London to view the flowers

Prince Charles looks at flowers and messages today which were left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace

Prince Charles looks at flowers and messages today which were left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London this morning

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London this morning

The Prince of Wales appears emotional as he views the tributes with the Duchess of Cornwall at Marlborough House today

The Prince of Wales appears emotional as he views the tributes with the Duchess of Cornwall at Marlborough House today

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House today to view the flowers and messages

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House today to view the flowers and messages

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London today to view the flowers

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London today to view the flowers

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London today to view the flowers

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London today to view the flowers

Marlborough House on Pall Mall in London is the international headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Foundation, and was built for Sarah Churchill, the first Duchess of Marlborough, and in 1711. 

The building later became a royal palace and has been a residence for dowager queens, princes, dukes and duchesses over the years. It became the Commonwealth’s headquarters in 1959 at the request of the Queen.

It comes as it was revealed members of the Royal Family will now not wear military uniform at Philip’s funeral. It is understood the Queen has decided that senior royals attending the service should be in civilian clothing.

The move means the Duke of Sussex will not have to face being one of the only close family members who is not in uniform at Saturday’s service.

Harry lost his honorary military titles after deciding to step down as a senior working royal. 

Reports had also suggested that the Duke of York, who spoke of his father as being ‘the grandfather of the nation,’ was considering wearing an admiral’s uniform.

Andrew stepped down from royal duties over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2019.  

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall look at messages about Philip on a bench at Marlborough House today

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall look at messages about Philip on a bench at Marlborough House today

The Prince of Wales appears emotional at the gardens of Marlborough House in London to view the flowers today

The Prince of Wales appears emotional at the gardens of Marlborough House in London to view the flowers today

The Duchess of Cornwall visits the gardens of Marlborough House in London today as she looks at a Land Rover tribute

The Duchess of Cornwall visits the gardens of Marlborough House in London today as she looks at a Land Rover tribute

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall look at the flowers today which have been moved to Marlborough House

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall look at the flowers today which have been moved to Marlborough House

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall view a selection of flowers today that have been left by members of the public

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall view a selection of flowers today that have been left by members of the public

The flowers and condolence messages were moved from outside Buckingham Palace to nearby Marlborough House today

The flowers and condolence messages were moved from outside Buckingham Palace to nearby Marlborough House today

Prince Charles appears emotional today as he goes to see flowers and tributes at Marlborough House laid in tribute to Philip

Prince Charles appears emotional today as he goes to see flowers and tributes at Marlborough House laid in tribute to Philip

He was due to be promoted to Admiral in 2020 to mark his 60th birthday but this did not go ahead following the fallout from his disastrous Newsnight appearance.

The no-uniform rule has been described as ‘the most eloquent solution to the problem,’ a military source told The Sun.

The decision is a break with tradition for ceremonial royal funerals and will contrast with the strong military presence which will be on show to honour Philip, who served with distinction in the Second World War.

Protocol suggests that Harry, who did two tours of Afghanistan, can only wear a suit with medals at royal functions. 

As plans were finalised for the funeral, the royal family released a touching photo of the Queen and the duke surrounded by their great-grandchildren.

The previously unseen image shows the Queen and the duke sitting with the youngsters on a sofa during a family get-together and with the little ones appearing on best behaviour.

The Duchess of Cambridge captured the moment on her camera in 2018 when the Queen and Philip’s seven great-grandchildren were at Balmoral.

A number of other images showing the duke with members of the royal family – including his son the Prince of Wales – were posted on official royal Twitter accounts. 

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London to view the flowers today

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London to view the flowers today

Charles and Camilla view the flowers and messages left by members of the public today in tribute to Prince Philip

Charles and Camilla view the flowers and messages left by members of the public today in tribute to Prince Philip

Flowers, tributes and messages left by members of the public have been moved to Marlborough House, pictured today

Flowers, tributes and messages left by members of the public have been moved to Marlborough House, pictured today

The flowers and condolence messages have been moved from outside Buckingham Palace and within the Royal Parks

The flowers and condolence messages have been moved from outside Buckingham Palace and within the Royal Parks

Flowers, tributes and messages left by members of the public have been moved to Marlborough House in London today

Flowers, tributes and messages left by members of the public have been moved to Marlborough House in London today

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London today to view the flowers

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London today to view the flowers

The Queen has continued to work as she grieves, carrying out an official engagement on Wednesday to formally welcome her new Lord Chamberlain to his post.

She hosted a ceremony at Windsor Castle for Baron Parker who will oversee Philip’s funeral as part of his role as the most senior official in the royal household.

The image of the Queen and the duke with the young members of the family is a snapshot of a typical day at her private Scottish home where she entertains family, friends and politicians during the summer.

Cradled in the arms of the Queen is Prince Louis, a rare image of the monarch holding one of her great-grandchildren.

The full line-up of royal children includes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte either side of the Queen who holds their brother Louis.

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 his daughter Mia. 

Prince Philip tributes

Prince Philip tributes

Notes, pictures and a model Land Rover left as part of tributes to Prince Philip which are at Marlborough House today

Notes left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace  which have been moved to Marlborough House today

Notes left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace  which have been moved to Marlborough House today

Cards and drawings by children are among the tributes left by members of the public in London after Prince Philip's death

Cards and drawings by children are among the tributes left by members of the public in London after Prince Philip’s death 

Notes left by members of the public following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh are now on display at Marlborough House

Notes left by members of the public following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh are now on display at Marlborough House

A card written to the Queen is among the tributes left by members of the public which are now at Marlborough House

A card written to the Queen is among the tributes left by members of the public which are now at Marlborough House

A model Land Rover left by a member of the public outside Buckingham Palace which has been moved to Marlborough House

A model Land Rover left by a member of the public outside Buckingham Palace which has been moved to Marlborough House

Notes and artwork left by members of the public following the death of Prince Philip are on display at Marlborough House

Notes and artwork left by members of the public following the death of Prince Philip are on display at Marlborough House

Flowers on display today at Marlborough House in London, which is the headquarters of Commonwealth Foundation

Flowers on display today at Marlborough House in London, which is the headquarters of Commonwealth Foundation

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Broadlands in November 2007. The Duke died aged 99 at Windsor last Friday

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Broadlands in November 2007. The Duke died aged 99 at Windsor last Friday

A black and white picture posted on Charles and Camilla’s official Twitter account, taken in 1966, shows Philip and Charles sitting on polo ponies with mallets and helmets in hand during a match.

The image was posted alongside a more modern image of the duke with his son and the duchess in the moments after William and Kate’s Westminster Abbey wedding.

William and Kate also shared memories of Philip and the Queen, posting an image taken at Balmoral in 2015 on their official Twitter account showing the couple with their children George and Charlotte.

Earlier yesterday, the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie paid a heartfelt tribute to her ‘dearest Grandpa’, pledging to look after ‘Granny’ the Queen for him.

The Princess Royal also reminisced fondly about learning to sail as a child with her father as she returned to public duties.

Anne visited the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on the Isle of Wight where she met spoke fondly to club members of her ‘links’ and ‘early memories of sailing’ there. 



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