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Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visit the gardens of Marlborough House in London to look at the flowers and messages left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace, following the death of Prince Philip.
Britain’s Prince Charles appeared close to tears Thursday as he viewed thousands of floral tributes left for his “dear Papa,” Prince Philip.
The 72-year-old heir to the throne could not hide his grief as he was joined by wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in viewing the tributes collected at Marlborough House Gardens at St. James’s Palace in London.
“Charles and Camilla were very emotional,” one onlooker told the Times of London.
“They were taken aback by the flowers,” they added, admitting it was “quite a sight to see them all laid out.”
Buckingham Palace had actually asked well-wishers to refrain from leaving flowers in tribute to Philip, 99, the longest-serving royal consort in British history and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 74 years. The palace said it was to keep people safe during the pandemic.
The bouquets, notes and gifts kept coming, however, and each day have been removed from outside Buckingham Palace and other royal residences to join the huge collection at Marlborough House.
They were sent from around the world, including some from well-wishers in the US, included a model of a Land Rover similar to the one that will bear Philip’s coffin at his funeral Saturday.