The Queen has ‘lost her world’ after the death of Prince Philip, says his cousin

Prince Philip's cousin has paid tribute to him after his death and spoke of how the loss to the Queen will be "incalculable".

News of the Duke of Edinburgh's death was announced on Friday (April 9) morning at around midday with expressions of sorrow arriving from all over the world.

Lady Myra Butter, a cousin to the Duke of Edinburgh, spoke to ITV and described the sadness that his death will bring to many.

Praising her cousin Lady Myra said that "nobody could have done that job" as he did.

Poignantly when she was asked what the Queen has lost, and what her husband meant to her, she simply replied: "The world, I think. Incalculable."

"There's nobody, in my mind, who could have done that job. Nobody. Dedicated to it, and very intelligent, and youthful.

"He was a step behind walking, but he was never a step behind as a person."

Her Majesty and Prince Philip were married for 73 years and the chemistry and fondness between them has remained throughout.

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Prince Philip, who was 99 years old, had recently spent a month in hospital but had returned home in recent weeks recovered.

The BBC has postponed all non-news programming, while ITV followed suit with news updates throughout the afternoon as well as a number of documentaries about the man himself.

This morning's statement from Buckingham Palace read: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

"Further announcements will made in due course.

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Princess Anne has also paid tribute to Prince Philip, saying "life without him will be completely different" in a moving tribute to her dad.

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Anne, the second of four children Philip had with the Queen, said of his role as the monarch's consort: "It must have evolved quite dramatically from the early stages.

"In all sorts of ways (life would be different without him), in terms of within our family its fundamental as without him it would be completely different.

"But I think also from society’s perspective – he's been able to keep pace with the kind of technological changes that have such an impact… but at the bottom of all that, it’s not about the technology it’s about the people."

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