Queen shares tear-jerking tribute she first made to Prince Philip in 1997

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Queen Elizabeth II has shared a tear jerking tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, that she first made in 1997.

Prince Philip died on April 9 2021 in his sleep with his wife of 73-years, Queen Elizabeth II, at his side.

Buckingham Palace confirmed his passing, saying that the Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully at his Windsor Castle home.

Tributes have flooded social media, and a gun salute in honour of Philip's memory will be fired at midday today.

Ahead of the salute, the official Royal Family Twitter account shared a touching tribute to Philip from the Queen that she first said in 1997.

In the tribute, Her Majesty said Prince Philip had been her "strength and stay" throughout her reign.

The Queen added that she and the entire Royal Family owe him a "greater debt than he would ever claim, or we shall know."

Elizabeth II’s full tribute to her husband said: "He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know."

Prince Philip is said to have refused to go back to hospital the morning before he died as he became "gravely ill."

A source told the Telegraph there was "no way" he would have wanted to die in hospital and wanted to be in his own bed at Windsor Castle.

The Queen was comforted by the couple’s three sons, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew in the hours following Philip's death.

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Prince Andrew, who lives at Royal Lodge on the Queen's Windsor estate, is said to have arrived at Her Majesty's private apartment through the back entrance at around 10.45am.

Prince Edward was next to arrive, bolting to his mother's side by 11.15am, with Prince Charles arriving by the afternoon from Highgrove, his Gloucestershire estate.

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