Sombre Prince Charles and Camilla pictured looking at flowers left by public in memory of Prince Philip

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have been photographed viewing flowers left by members of the public in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip died on Friday 9 April at Windsor Castle at the age of 99.

Now, ahead of his funeral this weekend, the Duke’s eldest son has been pictured looking sombre as he inspects tributes left for his father outside Buckingham Palace and other royal residences.

The flowers have now been moved to Marlborough House Gardens, which is next to St James’s Palace in central London.

This is so as to discourage crowds from gathering outside the royal residences, which would result in a breach in government guidelines given that large gatherings are not permitted under coronavirus restrictions.

It wasn’t just flowers that had been left by members of the public, but items and cards, too, including a model of a Land Rover akin to the one that will bear Prince Philip’s coffin at the funeral Saturday, that had the words “The Duke R.I.P” inscribed on the roof.

According to PA, there was also a card from “Marian & Marum” that read: “Your memory will never fade. Rest in Peace.”

Another card described the Duke as a “true gentleman” while one read: “Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. You are in our prayers.”

Some cards were left for the Queen, including one from a family that read: “Sending our love and condolences on the loss of your beloved Prince Philip, yours always, love Layla, Lis and Neil xxxx.”

Another card addressed to the Queen stated: “We are so sorry for your profound loss, Your Majesty’s ‘strength and stay’ will endure in our hearts always.”

Dressed in a dark blue pinstripe suit and a white shirt with a black tie, Prince Charles appeared close to tears as he surveyed the tributes with his wife.

Camilla was dressed entirely in black, wearing a black blazer and pleated skirt.

The photos come ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral, which is due to take place on Saturday afternoon at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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