Supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne has shared an extremely rare vintage photo of her grandmother, grinning next to a young Prince Philip on her Instagram Stories.
In the photo, aristocrat Angela Delevingne is sitting alongside a 17-year-old Philip, taken on Venice Beach in 1938.
Cara’s sister Poppy also posted the photo on her social media, writing in the caption: “My cousins remember her saying that after meeting him, she thought he’d make someone a very good husband one day. How right she was.”
A year following that moment, Philip was introduced to Queen Elizabeth II, the woman who would become his wife for 73 years.
Cara’s grandmother Angela passed away in 2015 at the ripe age of 102.
The royal family announced Prince Philip’s death on Friday, saying in a statement, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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.”
Since then, Philip’s grandson’s William and Harry have paid their own personal tribute.
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“My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family,” William said in a new statement.
“I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days.
“I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her. I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!
“My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”
Harry expressed similar sentiments.
“My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour,” said Harry in a statement released on Monday shortly after his brother’s tribute.
“He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next.”
Harry’s warm and personal tribute to a “master of the barbecue” came after he returned to the UK from California on Sunday.
He said the Duke of Edinburgh would be “be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke”.
“But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end,” Harry said.
“He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’
“So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered-by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts.”
Harry concluded with the Latin phrase, “Per Mare, Per Terram”, the Royal Marines motto meaning “By Sea, By Land”.
Prince Philip will be laid to rest on Saturday, with only 30 people to attend the funeral, as a result of tough coronavirus restrictions.