William, Prince of Wales, paid tribute to the late Queen, his grandmother, for the “wisdom and reassurance” she gave him.
His wife, Catherine, the Princess of Wales, “had twenty years of her guidance and support,” he said in the statement, which struck a personal tone.
His three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, “have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives,” he said.
“She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.”