Princess Eugenie has arrived at Windsor Castle for the funeral of her grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, in her first public appearance since the birth of her two-month-old son, August Philip, named in Prince Philip’s honour.
Eugenie, who is the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, wore her brunette tresses in a natural wave across her shoulders and donned a black jacket as she arrived by car at Windsor Castle, accompanied by her husband Jack Brooksbank this afternoon.
The Queen’s granddaughter, who gave birth to her first child with Jack in early February, was seen stepping out of her vehicle and arriving at St George’s Chapel, while wearing a black face mask to stay protected amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, older sister Beatrice donned a long collared jacket and a round hat embellished with a large black bow as she joined her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Princess Eugenie (pictured) has arrived at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, for the funeral of her grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh
Eugenie (pictured right), who is the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York , wore her brunette tresses in a natural wave across her shoulders and donned a black jacket as she arrived by car at Windsor Castle, accompanied by her husband Jack Brooksbank this afternoon
Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, 34, who named their first child after Prince Philip, were among the 30 guests who were invited to attend the funeral.
The Duke of Edinburgh showed his dedication for his two granddaughters by attending each of their weddings, most recently Beatrice’s intimate ceremony to Edoardo at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, in July last year.
Looked up to as the patriarch of his family, Prince Philip became a mentor for younger royals who continued to turn to him over the years. Eugenie once described him as the rock of the family.
The Queen’s four children, eight grandchildren and their respective spouses have come together today to support Her Majesty following the death of her husband last week at the age of 99.
Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, pictured left, alongside other members of the royal family including the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Beatrice
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S DEDICATION TO HIS GRANDDAUGHTERS: BEATRICE SHARES LESSON SHE LEARNT FROM HER GRANDFATHER WHILE EUGENIE NAMES SON AFTER PHILIP
The Duke of Edinburgh showed his dedication to his granddaughters in turn by making rare public appearances to attend Eugenie and Beatrice’s weddings.
In her last engagement before Philip’s death, Beatrice shared a lesson she learned from her grandfather explaining how he encouraged her not to become ‘obsessed with solutions’ and to focus on the journey to get there instead.
The Queen’s granddaughter divulged the words of wisdom inspired by the late Duke of Edinburgh while speaking speaking at a virtual event on March 31.
She was announcing her patronage with non-profit organisation 20:40 which aims to help young people collaborate on socio-economic issues.
Prince Philip became a mentor for younger royals, with Eugenie previously describing her grandfather as the rock of the family (pictured at Eugenie and Jack’s wedding in 2018)
When asked to share advice with young future leaders during the webinar, Beatrice told them not to become obsessed with the ‘solution’ while trying to solve problems because their journey will always have ‘twists and turns’.
She went on to urge them not to become ‘disheartened’ by obstacles and to remain ‘focused’ on what they are trying to achieve, a lesson she said was inspired by her grandfather Prince Philip.
Speaking from her home, Beatrice, who donned a white and blue striped shirt, said: ‘One of the things that I’ve always been inspired by is keeping your curiosity and don’t be afraid to un-think and un-learn.
‘But also don’t feel like you have to have all the answers yourself, one of the things that has always helped me, and this actually is inspired by my grandfather, whose turning 100 this year, but you kind of become obsessed with solving the problem, don’t become obsessed with the solution.
‘Because your route to actually finding a way to get through that problem will be different and the path will be different, and it might twist and turn.
‘So don’t be disheartened if your first path is not the one you think you have to stick to. Keep focusing on what you’re trying to achieve and you’ll get there.’
Meanwhile, Eugenie paid tribute to her beloved grandfather earlier this year by naming her newborn son after him.
Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, who married in October 2018, named their first child, a son born in February, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.
But tragically, due to lockdown restrictions, it is thought that Eugenie never had the opportunity to introduce her newborn sons to her grandfather before his death last Friday at the age of 99.
Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh earlier this year by naming their first child, a son born in February, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank
The Queen’s granddaughter also recently paid tribute to her beloved grandfather on Instagram earlier this week as she said she would remember his ‘spectacular life’.
In the post, Eugenie said she ‘would remember learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read’ as well as her grandfather’s ‘favourite beer’ and BBQing ability.
She finished the statement by posting: ‘Thank you for your dedication and love for us all and especially Granny, who we will look after for you.’
She posted: ‘Dearest Grandpa, we all miss you. You would be so touched by all the tributes that have been shared with me the past few days.
’People remember sitting next to you at a dinner, or shaking your hand once, who remember you saying hello in passing, or remember how much their DofE award meant to them.
’I remember learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read. I remember laughing at your jokes and asking about your spectacular life and service in the navy.
‘I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day.
‘I remember your hands and your laugh and your favourite beer.
’I will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great grandchildren.’
She finished the post by thanking the Duke for his service, before signing off: ‘With all my love, Eugenie.’
The royal shared two images alongside the emotional post, including one alongside sister Princess Beatrice on The Royal Balcony At The Investec Derby Festival At Epsom In Surrey in 2017.
Another showed Prince Philip patting a then eight-year-old Eugenie affectionately on the head on Christmas Day at Sandringham in 1998.
Eugenie once described him as the rock of the family.
Speaking in the 2016 ITV documentary Our Queen at Ninety, Princess Eugenie said of Philip: ‘I think Grandpa is incredible. He really is strong and consistent. He’s been there for all these years, and I think he’s the rock, you know, for all of us.’
The Queen’s granddaughter Eugenie recently paid tribute to her beloved grandfather on Instagram earlier this week as she said she would remember his ‘spectacular life’