The black-and-white image,
which was shared on Instagram on Monday, showed the grandmother-and-grandson
duo sharing a laugh after attending Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding to Thomas
Kingston at St George’s Chapel in May 2019.
Alongside the throwback photo
was Prince Harry’s statement, in which he paid tribute to his “guiding
compass” the Queen. “In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her
Majesty, The Queen – and in mourning her loss – we are all reminded of the
guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty,”
“She was globally admired
and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her
life and now her everlasting legacy.
“Let us echo the words
she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can
bring comfort to all of us now: ‘Life, of course, consists of final partings as
well as first meetings.’
“Granny, while this final
parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first
meetings – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the
first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling
wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.
Buckingham Palace’s Instagram account shared this photo
“I cherish these times
shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are
already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes
to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III.
“Thank you for your commitment
to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your
infectious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited
now, and both together in peace.”