Celebrities are paying tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip on the day of his funeral.
British national treasure and TV icon Sir David Attenborough fondly remembered his “friend” on the BBC’s live coverage of the service.
He praised Prince Philip for his great appreciation of the environment and conservation work, the field to which the broadcaster has dedicated his life.
“He was right there at the beginning at a time when conservation didn’t mean much to many people. Even in the 1950s and ’60s he saw it universally,” he said. “The World Wildlife Fund owed a huge amount to his presence. When he spoke about conservation, he spoke about it with passion and knowledge.”
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Prince Philip, the longest-serving consort in British history, died aged 99.
Sir David added of his character: “He was an extraordinary combination of being formidable and friendly. You knew he was there. He had an amazing presence. It was an extraordinary balancing act between formality and informality.”
Attenborough reflected on Prince Philip’s life and achievements in a special ITV News program last week,The Duke Fondly Remembered.
Meanwhile, Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan tweeted a photograph of Prince Philip and the Queen from their honeymoon and wrote: “Thinking of The Queen today as she says goodbye to the love of her life.”
He later posted a photo of the Queen sitting alone in the chapel, as per coronavirus restrictions.
“Has there ever been a more heart-breaking picture of The Queen?” he asked.
On social media, many said that they were heartbroken and deeply saddened at scenes of the monarch sitting by herself during the funeral, while others interpreted it as yet another example of her great strength in the face of adversity.
Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue recalled the “honour” of meeting Prince Philip four years ago at Windsor Castle.
“RIP HRH Prince Philip,” she wrote simply.
One Direction singer Liam Payne took a slightly more creative approach to his tribute, painting a detailed watercolour of the Duke in his youth that he shared on Instagram.
“Rest in peace HRH Prince Philip, finished this off whilst listening to your life what a great legacy left behind,” he captioned the artwork.
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