Prince William’s heartbreaking tribute to Philip during visit – ‘Would’ve been so pleased’

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William and Kate visited Durham today where they spoke to children who had benefited from the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift fund which was set up in 2011. During the visit, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also spoke to children who had completed their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. In a heartbreaking moment, William spoke to Evan Jones, 18, and Lee Middleton, 23 who had both received their gold awards.

In conversation, William said: “Do you know he was my grandfather?”

“Sadly he died a few weeks ago.

“He would have been so pleased that you got your awards.”

The pair spoke at the Cheesy Waffles Project which helps children with learning difficulties.

The charity has received £1million from the wedding fund which was established to support initiatives across the country.

It received support from The Key, one of the 26 charities chosen in 2011 for the Charitable Gift Fund.

A tweet from the Duke and Duchess said today: “Fun and games at the Cheesy Waffles Project, who support young people with additional needs across County Durham.

“CWP receives support from The Key, one of 26 charities chosen by The Duke and Duchess in 2011 to benefit from donations to their Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund.”

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The royals have begun to return official duties following the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh two weeks ago.

The Queen herself carried out her first public duties since the funeral of her 99-year-old husband.

Speaking over a videolink, the Queen held a call with the new ambassadors for Latvia and the Ivory Coast today.

Last week, Her Majesty had also carried out some minor engagements at Windsor Castle following the funeral.

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Looking ahead to the Trooping of the Colour in June, the Queen will hold a scaled-back event due to the coronavirus restrictions, it has been reported.

Thousands usually flock to the event in central London but will unable to do so for the second-year running due to the pandemic.

Earlier today, The Guards regiment tweeted details of the scaled-back event before the tweet was quickly deleted.

The tweet said: “In a smaller ceremony at Windsor Castle this year, the Scots Guards will Troop their Colours in front of Her Majesty The Queen.

“The event will be broadcast live on BBC One.”

Buckingham Palace has yet to confirm the scaled-back event.

Due to the pandemic, the Queen has also spent the majority of her time at Windsor Castle.

It is thought she will permanently move to Windsor Castle going forward and use Buckingham Palace to hold official engagements, or even delegate some events in London to Prince Charles.

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