Prince Charles shared a touching childhood photo with royal fans to thank them after sending notes of sympathy to Clarence House following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The 72-year-old Prince of Wales has sent tickets to royal fans who have expressed their condolences after Prince Philip’s death on April 9 at the age of 99.
A fan has shared Instagram how they got the card, which contained a former photo of father-and-son on a boat trip.
The photo was accompanied by a printed letter written by Prince Charles, thanking the person for his good wishes.
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The 72-year-old Prince of Wales has sent tickets to royal fans who have expressed their condolences to Clarence House following the death of Prince Philips on April 9. Charles shared this photo of them on a motor boat, dating back to childhood, in the notes sent
A typewritten note accompanied the photo of Prince Charles and Prince Philip, in which the Prince of Wales said letters of sympathy had been “a great comfort to him.”
Royal fans on social media said the beautiful photo was ‘nostalgic’, while some commented that it was appropriate for Charles to share a photo of him and Philip on a boat, as they both served in the Royal Navy.
The letter accompanying the photograph read: “The Prince of Wales thank you very much for your very kind sympathy.
His Royal Highness has been deeply moved by the many generous messages that have come in in recent days; they have offered great comfort in this very sad time, ”it went on.
“The Prince of Wales would like to say thank you very much and best wishes,” he added.
In the photo, a young Charles sits next to his father as they advance in a motorboat. Prince Philip, dressed in a sweater, sits at the helm and looks confidently ahead, while his eldest son smiles at him.
This photographed father-and-son moment captured Philip and Charles’s shared interest in sailing and water sports. In 1971, at the age of 23, Charles followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and decided to join the Royal Navy.
Prince Charles said he was ‘touched’ by the condolences from royal fans after his father’s death (pictured at Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17)
Royal fans noted that it was appropriate for Charles to share a photo of him and his father on a boat, as they both served in the Navy.
He enrolled that year for a six-week course at Royal Naval College Dartmouth, before serving on the guided missile destroyer HMS Norfolk until 1972.
The Duke of Edinburgh completed a term as a cadet at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth when he was 17. From 1972 to 1973, Charles served on the frigate HMS Minerva and in 1974 he served on HMS Jupiter.
In 1974 he joined the 845th Naval Air Squadron, operating from HMS Hermes, and during his last ten months of active service in the Royal Navy in 1976 took command of the coastal mine hunter HMS Bronington.
Meanwhile, Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 and fought for England during World War II. In January 1940 he was commissioned as a midshipman and spent four months on HMS Ramillies protecting Australian convoys in the Indian Ocean before completing shorter posts.
Prince Philip sat next to Prince Charles on a visit to Dorset in October 2017, before the Duke of Edinburgh retired from his royal duties
In February 1941, he became a sub-lieutenant, illustrating himself in various naval operations, leading to his becoming a lieutenant just a year and a half later, in July 1942.
In October 1942 he became one of the youngest members of the Royal Navy to be promoted to First Lieutenant while serving on HMS Wallace.
After his marriage to the Queen on November 20, 1947, from 1949, Prince Philip was stationed in Malta, where he served as First Lieutenant of the destroyer HMS Checkers. In July 1950 he was promoted to lieutenant commander and was given command of the frigate Magpie.
Prince Philip and Prince Charles in their uniforms, with military orders and heirs’ medals, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012
His active naval career ended in July 1951, but in June 1952 Philip was promoted to commanding officer.
Royal fans loved the intimate photos of father and son sharing a special moment.
“That’s beautiful, and that photo of father and son in a boat, it’s so appropriate,” said one.
‘This is just a precious image. “He’s got Philip all to himself,” said another.
“Such a beautiful, nostalgic photo for PC,” wrote another.