Princess Anne pays touching tribute to her ‘teacher, supporter and critic’ father Prince Phillip following sad death

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Princess Anne has become the latest member of the Royal family to pay tribute to her father Prince Philip following his death.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, sadly passed away at Windsor Castle on Friday, Buckingham Palace announced.

His only daughter Anne, 70, has now issued a touching statement in memory of her late father, calling him her "teacher, supporter and critic."

The Princess Royal said: "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.

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"His ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills comes through all the organisations with which he was involved.

"I regard it as an honour 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 emphasise how much the family appreciate 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," she finished.

Anne followed her brother Prince Charles and sister-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex, in speaking on Philip's death.

Charles address the media on Saturday afternoon: "My father, I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable devoted service to the Queen, to my family, and to the country, and also to the whole of the Commonwealth.

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"As you can imagine my family and I miss my father enormously, he was a much loved and appreciated figure.

"Apart from anything else, I can imagine him so deeply touched by the number of other people here, and elsewhere around the world and in the Commonwealth who also share our loss and our sorrow.

"My dear papa was a very special person who, I think above all else, would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him."

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Sophie told a group of mourners following a private Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor: "You know it's going to happen but when it happens it's just this massive, massive hole.

"It was so gentle, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went. Very, very peaceful and that's all you want with somebody isn't it?

"I think it's so much easier for the person that goes than the people left behind, we're all sitting here looking at each other going 'This is awful'."

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