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'Proud beyond words!' Queen gushes over Charles and William 'taking on baton' from Philip

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The Queen gushed over Prince Charles and Prince William for their hard work promoting better debate about the environmental challenges facing the modern world. She noted the two royals have been following in the footsteps of her late husband, Prince Philip, who was a known environmentalist and supporter of animal causes. Her Majesty said: “Prince Philip was always mindful of this sense of passing the baton.

“That’s why he created The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which offers young people throughout the Commonwealth and beyond the chance of exploration and adventure.

“It remains an astonishing success, grounded in his faith in the future.

“He was also an early champion of taking seriously our stewardship of the environment, and I am proud beyond words that his pioneering work has been taken on and magnified by our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William – admirably supported by Camilla and Catherine – most recently at the COP climate change summit in Glasgow.”

Discussing the loss of her husband of 73 years, the Queen admitted to feeling sad at the prospect of celebrating her first Christmas without him.

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She said: “Although it’s a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones.

“This year, especially, I understand why.

“But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work – from around the country, the Commonwealth, and the world.

“His sense of service, intellectual curiosity, and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible.

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“This year, especially, I understand why.

“But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work – from around the country, the Commonwealth, and the world.”

The Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 in April.

The Queen celebrated her first Christmas without her husband at Windsor Castle, where she was joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex alongside their children were also in attendance.



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