This is the family's first Father's day without Prince Philip following his death earlier this year
On the occasion of Father's day, the Queen shared a picture of three generations of royal dads while Prince Charles, Kate and William also paid tribute to the late Prince Philip in a series of touching tributes.
The Royal Family's official Twitter and Instagram account posted a picture of the monarch with her own father, King George VI alongside Prince Philip and a young Prince Charles. The black-and-white photo was taken at Balmoral back in 1951, two years before the Queen's coronation. The caption reads, "To all dads everywhere, we wish you a very special Father’s Day. To mark #FathersDay we are sharing this photograph of The Queen with her father, King George VI, and Prince Philip watching a young Prince Charles sitting on a statue at Balmoral in 1951."
Prince Charles shared photos with Prince Philip and his two sons to mark the occasion. The tweet also featured pictures of Camilla with her father, Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand, who died in 2006. The tweet read, "To all Papas everywhere, and to those who may be missing their Dads today, we are thinking of you and wishing you a special #FathersDay."
Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a short clip featuring pictures of the couple's fathers, Prince Charles and Michael Middleton, along with their own children. The caption read, "Wishing fathers everywhere a happy Father’s Day." They included a photo of Prince Philip and the Queen with a number of their great-grandchildren.
Wishing fathers everywhere a happy Father’s Day pic.twitter.com/bqU3FeICA7— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 20, 2021
This is the family's first Father's day without Prince Philip following his death earlier this year. Last week Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, shared that his death had left a 'giant-sized hole' in the lives of the royal family as she broke down in tears in an emotional interview with BBC Radio 5's Naga Munchetty. "Well, he's left a giant-sized hole in our lives. Unfortunately, the pandemic has slightly slewed things in as much as it's hard to spend as much time with the Queen than we would like to. The normal way of things isn't normal yet. So we're not necessarily doing the things that we would have normally done with him. So I think the whole grieving process is probably likely for us to take a lot longer," she said, according to the Mirror.