The Princess Royal paid tribute to her father’s can-do attitude and curious nature as she recalled his life on what would have been his 100th birthday yesterday.
Speaking to ITV News from her home at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire in her first interview since Prince Philip’s death in April, Princess Anne, 70, said the family ‘must all move on’, adding: ‘But it’s important to remember .’
The mother of two presented a special award for the Prince Philip Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering to Dr Gladys West at her home in Virginia, USA.
She explained, “Not many people understood how broad his interests were and how supportive he was to an astonishingly wide range of organizations.”
The Princess Royal, 70, has revealed her grief for her father as she recalled his life in her first interview since Prince Philip’s death in April (pictured together in 2012)
Speaking from her home, Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, Princess Anne, 70, said the family ‘must all move on’
She recalled his can-do attitude and said, “When something broke, there was always a thought, ‘Take a look at this and see if you can fix it”.
She said Prince Philip’s practicality had shaped her childhood, saying: “Your life experience has a huge impact… He had seen a lot of it and in a very wide area of both work and industry and academia.
He probably asked more questions than he gave opinions. He was always good at that.’
During the short interview, Princess Anne also presented the Prince Philip Medal to Dr Gladys West at her home in Virginia, USA, to acknowledge her work.
In the first interview she’s given since her father’s death in April, Anne said Prince Philip’s practicality had helped 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’re never really ready for it.
“My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but it is above all his example of well-lived life and generosity that I wanted to emulate.
“His ability to treat each person as an individual with their own skills comes through all the organizations he was involved with.
The Princess Royal previously said it was an ‘honor and a privilege’ to follow in Prince Philip’s footsteps
“I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been asked to follow in his footsteps and it was a pleasure to have kept him informed of their activities.
“I know how much he meant to them, in the UK, in the Commonwealth and around the world.
“I want to emphasize how much the family appreciates the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he has touched. We will miss him, but he leaves a legacy that 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 called ‘the Duke of Edinburgh’, which was planted in the East Terrace Garden in a memorial at Windsor Castle earlier this week
The rose (pictured as a gift to the Queen) was planted in a mixed rose border at Windsor Castle on Wednesday
Prince Philip died of ‘old age’, according to his death certificate. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully on April 9 at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace announced at the time.
The Prince of Wales, 72, paid his respects to his father by posting an adorable black and white photo showing a young Prince Charles welcoming the Duke home from a trip to Malta in 1951.
Elsewhere, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went to the Kensington Royal Twitter and shared two photos of the Queen planting a beautiful ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ rose in the East Terrace Garden on Wednesday in honor of Prince Philip.
Meanwhile, the Queen received a rose plant called ‘the Duke of Edinburgh’, which was planted earlier this week in the East Terrace Garden in a memorial at Windsor Castle.
The deep pink, perennial memorial plant was officially named in memory of the Duke who died on April 9 at the age of 99 (pictured, the couple together as they celebrated 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 memorial plant was officially named in memory of the Duke who died on April 9 at the age of 99.
The royalties from the flower sales will go to the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Living Legacy Fund, which is helping young people participate in the scheme.