“I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.” – Prince William

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William said on Monday that he would miss “his grandpa” Prince Philip but that the late duke would have wanted the family to get on with the job. 

“My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family,” the Duke of Cambridge said. 

“I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”

Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth who had been at her side throughout her 69-year reign, died at Windsor Castle on Friday.

“My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation,” William said. “Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead.” 

Full Statement:

My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.

I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days. I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her. I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!

My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kate Holton)

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