Days after her brother, now known as King Charles III, issued a statement following the death of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne has released her own moving tribute.
In it, the Princess Royal revealed that she was “lucky” to share the last 24 hours with her mother.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to accompany her on her last trips. Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these trips has been both humbling and uplifting.”
On Tuesday, Princess Anne accompanied her mother’s coffin on the flight from Edinburgh to London, where she was to be received by King Charles and her queen consort.
Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren, Princes William and Harry, along with their spouses, are expected to lay the coffin at Buckingham Palace.
As the UK continues its 10-day period of mourning, those wishing to pay their respects line the streets to see the Queen’s coffin or lay flowers at London’s memorials.
Not only the citizens of the United Kingdom have been in mourning, but people from all over the world have expressed their condolences to the entire Royal Family.
Princess Anne thanked everyone for her great love during an extremely difficult time for her family.
“We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and everyone who shares our sense of loss. They may have reminded us how much of their presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted.”
“I am also very grateful for the support and understanding extended to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the additional responsibilities of The Monarch.”
To my mother, the Queen, thank you.