Prince Charles shared a touching children’s picture with royal fans to thank them after sending notes of sympathy to Clarence House after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The 72-year-old Prince of Wales sent postcards to royal fans who expressed their condolences after the death of Prince Philip on April 9 at the age of 99.
A fan shared on Instagram how they received the card, which includes a previous photo of a father and son on a boat trip.
The photo was accompanied by a printed letter written by Prince Charles, in which he thanked the man for his letter of good wishes.
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The 72-year-old Prince of Wales is sending cards to royal fans who have expressed their condolences to Clarence House following the death of Prince Phillips on April 9. Charles shares this photo of them on a speedboat dating back to his childhood in the notes sent
A typed note accompanies the photo of Prince Charles and Prince Philip, in which the Prince of Wales says the letters of condolence were “a great consolation to him”.
Royal fans on social media said the cute photo was “nostalgic”, while some said it was appropriate for Charles to share a photo of him and Philip on a boat, as they both served in the Royal Navy.
The letter accompanying the photo read: “The Prince of Wales thanks you very much for your very kind message of sympathy.
“His Royal Highness was deeply moved by the many generous messages received in recent days; they provided great comfort in this very sad moment, he continued.
“The Prince of Wales sends you his warmest thanks and best wishes,” he added.
In the photo, young Charles is sitting next to his father while riding a speedboat. Prince Philip, dressed in a jumper, sits at the head and looks confidently forward, while his eldest son looks at him with a smile.
This father-son moment captured the common interest of Philip and Charles in sailing and water sports. In 1971, at the age of 23, Charles followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and decided to serve in the Royal Navy.
Prince Charles said he was “moved” by the condolences sent by royal fans after his father’s death (pictured at Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17)
Royal fans noted that it was appropriate for Charles to share a photo of him and his father on a boat, because they both served in the Navy.
This year he enrolled in a six-week course at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth before serving on the HMS Norfolk guided missile destroyer until 1972.
The Duke of Edinburgh completed his term as a cadet at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, when he was 17 years old. From 1972 to 1973, Charles served on the frigate HMS Minerva, and in 1974 served on HMS Jupiter.
In 1974, he joined the 845th Naval Air Squadron, operated by HMS Hermes, and for his last ten months active service in the Royal Navy in 1976 took command of the coastal minesweeper HMS Bronington.
Meanwhile, Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 and fought for England during World War II. In January 1940, he was appointed midshipman and spent four months at the HMS Ramillies, defending Australian convoys in the Indian Ocean before taking up shorter positions.
Prince Philip sat next to Prince Charles during a visit to Dorset in October 2017, before the Duke of Edinburgh resigned from his royal duties
In February 1941 he became a lieutenant and illustrated himself in several naval operations, which led him to become a lieutenant only a year and a half later in July 1942.
In October 1942, he became the youngest member of the Royal Navy to be promoted to First Lieutenant during his post at HMS Wallace.
After his marriage to the Queen on November 20, 1947, from 1949, Prince Philip was stationed in Malta, where he served as the first lieutenant of the destroyer HMS Checkers. In July 1950, he was promoted to lieutenant commander and commanded the frigate Magpie.
Prince Philip and Prince Charles in their uniforms showing heirs to military orders and medals during the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012.
His active naval career ended in July 1951, but in June 1952 Philip was promoted to commander.
Royal fans liked the intimate photos capturing father and son sharing a special moment.
“It’s beautiful and that picture of a father and son in a boat that’s so appropriate,” said one.
“It’s just an expensive image. He has Philip for himself, ‘said another.
“Such a beautiful, nostalgic photo for a computer,” wrote another.