Prince Charles visits guards to thank them for bringing ‘dignity’ to his father Prince Philip’s funeral

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Prince Charles has visited the guards who took part in his late father Prince Philip’s funeral to share his personal thanks to them.

The Prince of Wales, 72, visited the Welsh Guards in his first public appearance following the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday 17 April.

Charles paid a visit to the barracks of the First Battalion Welsh Guards in Windsor on Wednesday 5 May.

Speaking during the visit, Prince Charles said: “I was so enormously proud of those of you who formed part of the complement during my father's funeral recently.

“If I may say so, what a wonderful credit not only to the Welsh Guards but also the Households Division and all those who were on parade, for what you all did.”

The future King added that the Royal Family was also “deeply moved” by their participation in the event, which was planned by the Duke of Edinburgh before his death.

He added: “People from other countries rang me up to say that they had never seen anything quite so marvellous, so beautifully done and with such dignity and style.

“Of course it is something with which you are all rightly famed, but I know my father would have been also enormously touched because he had dreamt up this particular way he wanted it done,“ Charles continued. “So you did him proud — and you certainly did make your old Colonel very proud indeed.

Prince Charles is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, a role which was passed down to him from his father Philip in 1975.

It comes after Prince Charles reportedly headed to his quiet Welsh cottage to grieve privately for his father following the funeral.

Charles is said to have stayed in Llwynywermod in Llandovery by himself just 24 hours after saying goodbye to his father.

A source told MailOnline last month: “Charles felt he wanted to reflect alone. He also wants to attend to the thousands of letters sent to him in condolence of his father's death.

“He is acutely aware that this is a hugely significant moment in his life and he feels like he has the weight of the world of his shoulders.

“All his life he has been heir to throne, but Prince Philip was the patriarch of the family. Overnight that's changed, and it's impacted him both professionally and personally.

“He needs time to think and contemplate the future of the Royal Family after what was a very difficult week,” the insider expressed.

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Charles spoke highly of his father Prince Philip in an emotional tribute on the day after Philip’s passing.

Speaking to press from Windsor Castle, his son said: “My father, I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable devoted service to the Queen, to my family, and to the country, and also to the whole of the Commonwealth.

“As you can imagine my family and I miss my father enormously, he was a much loved and appreciated figure.”

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