The Princess Royal has paid tribute to her father’s can-do attitude and inquisitive nature as she remembered his life on what would have been his 100th birthday yesterday.
Speaking with ITV News from her home of Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire in her first interview since Prince Philip‘s death in April, Princess Anne, 70, said the family ‘all have to move on’, adding: ‘But it’s important to remember.’
The mother-of-two was presenting a special centenary award for the Prince Philip Medal from The Royal Academy of Engineering to Dr Gladys West at her home in Virginia, USA.
She explained: ‘There were not many people who understood just how broad his interests were and how supportive he was to an astonishingly wide range of organisations.’
The Princess Royal, 70, has revealed her grief for her father as she remembered his life in her first interview since Prince Philip’s death in April (pictured together in 2012)
Speaking from her home of Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, Princess Anne, 70, said the family ‘all have to move on’
Recalling his can-do attitude, she said: ‘If anything broke, there was always a thought of ,”Have a look at this and see if you can mend it”.
She said Prince Philip’s practicality had helped to shape her childhood, saying: ‘Your life experience makes a huge impact…He’d seen a lot of it and across a really wide area of both work and industry and in academia.
‘He probably asked more questions than he gave opinions. He was always good at that.’
During the brief interview, Princess Anne also presented the Prince Philip Medal to Dr Gladys West at her home in Virginia, USA to recognise how her work.
In the first interview she has given since her father’s death in April, Anne said Prince Philip’s practicality had helped to shape her childhood
After her father’s death in April, Princess Anne paid tribute to Prince Philip, describing him as her ‘teacher, supporter and critic’.
She said: ‘You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready.
‘My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate.
‘His ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills comes through all the organisations with which he was involved.
The Princess Royal previously said it was an ‘honour and a privilege’ to follow in Prince Philip’s footsteps
‘I regard it as an honour and a privilege to have been asked to follow in his footsteps and it has been a pleasure to have kept him in touch with their activities.
‘I know how much he meant to them, in the UK, across the Commonwealth and in the wider world.
‘I would like to emphasise how much the family appreciate the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he also touched. We will miss him but he leaves a legacy which can inspire us all.’
Yesterday members of the royal family took to social media to pay tribute to Prince Philip.
The Queen received a rose plant named ‘the Duke of Edinburgh ‘, which was planted in the East Terrace Garden in a memorial at Windsor Castle earlier this week
The rose (pictured being gifted to the Queen) was planted in a mixed rose border at Windsor Castle on Wednesday
Prince Philip died of ‘old age’, his death certificate revealed. The Duke of Edinburgh died ‘peacefully’ aged 99 on April 9, Buckingham Palace announced at the time.
The Prince of Wales, 72, paid his respects to his father by posting an adorable black and white throwback photograph which showed a young Prince Charles welcoming the Duke home from a trip to Malta in 1951.
Elsewhere, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to the Kensington Royal Twitter and shared two snaps of the Queen planting a beautiful ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ rose in the East Terrace Garden in Prince Philip’s honour on Wednesday.
The deep pink commemorative perennial plant was officially named in memory of the Duke who died aged 99 on April 9 (pictured, the couple together as they marked their Diamond Wedding Anniversary)
The monarch received the shrub last week from the aptly-named Keith Weed, President of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
The deep pink commemorative perennial plant was officially named in memory of the Duke who died aged 99 on April 9.
Royalties from the flowers’ sale will go towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Living Legacy Fund, which helps young people take part in the scheme.