It also happens to be her
grandson Prince Harry’s 38th birthday. It is unlikely the family will
publicly celebrate the event. He will no doubt be with his wife Meghan
Markle at their UK-based home in Windsor.
Royal fans were delighted to
see the two couples put on a united front during their time of grief. On
Monday, the Duke of Sussex had paid tribute to his “guiding compass”,
“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,” he said.
“She was globally admired
and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her
life and now her everlasting legacy.
Prince Harry with the Queen back in 2019
“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.
“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.”
Thanking the late monarch, he
concluded: “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.”