The Daily Telegraph

Duke of York pays tribute to ‘Mother of the nation’

- By Victoria Ward

THE Duke of York has paid tribute to the late Queen, saying: “Mummy, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your confidence – I will treasure forever.”

Prince Andrew said he would miss his mother’s “insights, advice and humour” and would forever hold her close to his heart. His tribute was accompanie­d by a black and white photograph taken by society photograph­er Cecil Beaton of his mother holding him as a newborn in March 1960.

The Duke enjoyed a close relationsh­ip with his mother, who showed him unconditio­nal love and support. Sources have told how he relied heavily on her counsel when he found himself engulfed in scandal over his links with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke addressed his tribute, released yesterday, to: “Dear Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one.”

He went on: “Your Majesty, it has been an honour and privilege to serve you. Mother – of the nation, your devotion and personal service to our nation is unique and singular; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways and I know you are looking on honouring their respect.”

The Duke said he had found his mother’s “knowledge and wisdom infinite, with no boundary or containmen­t”. He added: “As our book of experience­s closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I will tread gladly into the next with you as my guide. God save the King.”

The late Queen stayed loyal to her son throughout the Epstein scandal. In 2019, days after she had effectivel­y sacked him as a working royal after his damaging interview, she was photograph­ed out riding with him.

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