Prince Andrew has paid tribute to the Queen with this own brand of heartfelt statement to his 'mummy'.
While parents supposedly don't have favourite offspring, it was well-known that Queen Elizabeth had a soft spot for her disgraced second-born son.
As Queen Elizabeth's Lying-in-State draws to a close, the Duke of York released a heartfelt statement paying tribute to the Monarch – and in a direct nod to himself praises 'her love for a son'. The Queen was well-known for her support of Andrew during his sex scandals – after which he was forced to move away from official royal life.
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The Duke began the statement by addressing the queen as mum, mother and Your Majesty, acknowledging the different hats she wore.
The statement read: "Dear Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one.
"Your Majesty, it has been an honour and privilege to serve you.
"Mother – of the nation, your devotion and personal service to our nation is unique and singular; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways and I know you are looking on honouring their respect.
"Mummy, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your confidence I will treasure forever.
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"I have found your knowledge and wisdom infinite, with no boundary or containment.
"I will miss your insights, advice and humour.
"As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I will tread gladly into the next with you as my guide."
Prince Andrew released the statement after holding vigil for the Queen on Friday night.
He was joined by brothers King Charles and the Earl of Wessex, as well as his sister the Princess Royal, who together flanked their mother's coffin at Westminster Hall for 15 somber minutes as mourners filed past paying their final respects.
The Duke wore his honorary vice admiral Royal Navy uniform for the vigil which was the first time has been seen in uniform after stepping down as a working royal following the fallout from the Jeffery Epstein affair.
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