Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles Visit Memorial to Prince Philip

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Annie Goldsmith
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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles Visit Memorial to Prince Philip
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Today, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited Marlborough House Gardens, viewing flowers and mementos left by the public in memory of Prince Philip. The gifts were moved from outside Buckingham Palace to the private gardens at Marlborough House, as to discourage crowding during the pandemic. However, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall got to privately parse through the remembrances of Charles's late father.

The garden is currently filled with floral arrangements, cards, and small gifts. One mourner left a toy Land Rover, with "The Duke" written on its roof. Drawings from children depicted the late Prince Philip, alongside "Rest in Peace." The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall walked through the gardens, reading notes and picking up various trinkets. This visit is part of the royal family's "two-week mourning period" in honor of Prince Philip, who died last week at age 99.

Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The decision to move these mementos from Buckingham Palace to Marlborough House is one of the COVID-19 precautions the royal family is implementing for memorial events. Prince Philip's funeral, this Saturday, April 17, was also modified in light of the pandemic. The event will be small, with less than thirty masked attendees, and will not have the same pomp and fanfare of a standard royal funeral. The event, however, will be televised for mourners across the world.

Last week, Prince Charles released his own emotional personal statement in memory of his late father. "As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously," he said. "He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow."

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