The Queen has released a statement on the occasion of her 95th birthday in which she said her family is “deeply touched” by all of the warm messages they have received in the wake of Prince Philip’s death.
The monarch, who is marking her birthday with muted celebrations at Windsor, said that she continues to be reminded of the extraordinary impact Prince Philip has had on countless people.
In full, The Queen said: “I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.
“While as a family we are in a great period of sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.
“My family and I would like to thank you for tall the support and kindness shown to us in recent days.
“We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countess people throughout his life.”
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died peacefully at Windsor Castle on April 9.
Eight days later, his funeral service took place at St George’s Chapel where he was laid to rest in the Royal Vault.
The Queen and Prince Philip had been married for 73 years, with the Duke being the longest serving consort in history.