Emotional Sophie Wessex and daughter Woman Louise Windsor view floral tributes someday earlier than Prince Philip’s funeral

April 16, 2021 – 3:11 PM BST

Danielle Stacey

The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, were visibly moved as they viewed floral tributes for the late Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, which have been laid outside St George’s Chapel ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday.

Prince Edward55, Sophie, 56, and Sophie, 17, were all dressed in black attire as they read touching messages from members of the public.

While looking over handwritten letters from children, Sophie could be heard saying “how sweet” before speaking to her husband Edward about the amount of bouquets that have been gathered.

A drawing of a flower with a note from Sophia, aged five, read: “You will be greatly missed.”

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It comes after the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall viewed the thousands of floral tributes at Marlborough House in central London on Thursday.

The bouquets and cards had been moved from Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks to the private gardens of the Grade I-listed mansion.

The Royal Parks will continue to move the flowers during this period of national mourning. Marlborough House Gardens was chosen so as not to encourage crowds from gathering outside the royal palaces due to COVID-19.

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The Wessexes read touching messages from members of the public

Members of the public had been asked not to leave floral tributes at the Queen’s London home or Windsor Castle, where Philip peacefully passed away aged 99, to prevent crowds from forming amid the pandemic.

But that didn’t stop mourners from laying hundreds of bouquets outside the royal residences to pay their respects. Railings were erected outside Buckingham Palace, again for crowd control, and flowers were propped up against them. Others left floral tributes in Windsor.

Last Saturday, the Earl and Countess of Wessex were pictured driving to Windsor Castle to comfort the queen following the news of the Duke’s passing on 9 April.

A tearful Sophie spoke briefly to reporters, saying: “The Queen has been amazing.”

The Wessexes, along with their daughter Louise, also attended a church service at The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor last Sunday.

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