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Kate Middleton Pays Tribute To Prince Philip & Queen Elizabeth’s Marriage With Pearl Necklace

Kate Middleton wore a pearl necklace and a pair of earrings to Prince Philip’s funeral, which were of special significance to the Queen and the late Princess Diana.

Kate Middleton has paid tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, and reigning British monarch Queen Elizabeth II by wearing a special piece of jewelry to her grandfather-in-law Prince Philip‘s funeral on April 17. While attending the service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a pearl necklace and a pair of earrings which belong to the Queen herself. The 39-year-old mother of three donned the Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker, and the Queen’s Bahrain Pearl Earrings for the somber occasion.

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Kate Middleton at Prince Philip’s funeral. Image: Shutterstock

She previously wore the necklace at the celebration of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th wedding anniversary in 2017. It was also loaned to the late Princess Diana, who was a big fan of pearls, for a banquet at Hampton Court Palace during the Dutch royal family’s visit to the U.K. The unique piece of jewelry was made from some of the finest cultured pearls, which were a gift from the Japanese government to Her Majesty.

The Queen wore the choker throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher‘s 70th Birthday dinner. Meanwhile, Kate’s Bahrain earrings were gifted to her grandmother-in-law on her wedding day in 1947. They feature a large round diamond with a smaller, circular diamond hanging below it. Kate previously wore the silver earrings to a Remembrance Day service in 2016.

Queen Elizabeth in the necklace. Image: Shutterstock

It was a somber day at Windsor Castle, as 30 of Philip’s closest family members said their final goodbyes. Kate’s husband Prince William were involved in the procession, as they walked behind the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh. His father Prince Charles led family members in the eight-minute long procession, while the Queen travelled in the state Bentley at the back of the ceremonial procession and sat alone, amid social distancing guidelines.

Emily Selleck

This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Meghan Markle: How She Paid Tribute To Prince Philip Despite Not Being Able To Attend Funeral

Meghan Markle watched Prince Philip’s funeral from home in California after not being cleared to travel during her current pregnancy, but she made sure to send a gift to the royal family ahead of the service.

Meghan Markle, 39, was unfortunately unable to attend Prince Philip‘s funeral at Windsor Castle on Apr. 17 but she made sure to let Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and the rest of the royal family know she was thinking of him at this time with a special gift. The Duchess of Sussex, who watched the funeral from her home in Santa Barbara, CA after her doctor advised her not to travel at the current stage of her second pregnancy, sent over a wreath and a handwritten note, Vanity Fair reported. The wreath, which was full of a variety of locally sourced flowers, was laid for the Duke of Edinburgh during his ceremony on Saturday.

The outlet also reported that Meghan’s husband Prince Harry, 36, who flew to the UK earlier this week after his grandfather died at the age of 99 on Apr. 9, also helped pick out the thoughtful wreath and it was full of special meaning. It was designed by Willow Crossley, who worked with the couple on the flower arrangements for their wedding in 2018 as well as for their son Archie‘s christening and the launch of the Hubb Community cookbook. They also specifically requested for it to include Acanthus mollis (Bear’s breeches), the national flower of Greece, to represent Prince Philip’s heritage, and eryngium (sea holly), to represent the Royal Marines.

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Prince Philip, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walk during a previous Christmas service. (Shutterstock)

The wreath also featured campanula, which represents gratitude and everlasting love, lavender for devotion, rosemary for remembrance, and roses in honor Prince Philip’s birth month, June. The card that came with the wreath was handwritten by Meghan.

The sweet gift comes in the midst of Harry’s first visit back to England since he and Meghan left the country after stepping down from their royal duties. It also comes just over a month after their shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey about their experience and struggles with royal life aired. The Duke of Sussex was one of only 30 people who attended Prince Philip’s funeral due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was seen walking behind the coffin of the late royal along with his brother Prince William, 38.

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Meghan Markle is seen smiling at Prince Philip during a previous event. (Shutterstock)

Harry’s father Prince Charles, 72, who is Prince Philip’s son, and his sister-in-law Kate Middleton, 39, were also part of the funeral, which took place at St. George’s Chapel

Erin Silvia

This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Kate Middleton borrows earrings given to Queen as wedding gift for Prince Philip funeral

Kate Middleton wore a necklace which belonged to the Queen Elizabeth II in what could be an act of solidarity with the monarch. She paired this with a black outfit and diamond earrings.
The royal wore a pearl choker which belongs to the Queen and was previously borrowed by Princess Diana. 

The four strand pearl choker was worn by the monarch during the 1980s and 1990s. 

Kate wore the necklace with drop diamond and pearl earrings which are also part of the Queen’s collection. 


She has borrowed them for several events in the past, mostly wearing the subtle jewels for formal occasions.

They were believed to be a wedding gift given the the Queen when she married Prince Philip in 1947.

The feature diamond studs with pearls hanging from chains covered in diamonds.

Kate has borrowed many pieces of the Queen’s jewellery over the years and seems to have chosen pieces with key sentimental value for the funeral today.

The mother-of-three covered up with a black face mask as she sat next to Prince William when they arrived. 

Prince William also wore a black face covering in the car. 

The Duke of Cambridge was seen in a black suit with a white shirt and black tie.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Prince Philip: His most memorable adventures across the globe – from Venice to Canada

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was a jet setter during his life. Not only did he travel to 119 countries representing the UK alongside Queen Elizabeth II, but he also travelled widely in his younger years amid something of an unconventional childhood and a former navy career. Express.co.uk looks back at some of his most monumental travel experiences and how you can visit these global hotspots.


Prince Philip first visited Venice during one of his school holidays from Gordonstoun as a 17-year-old, a year before his first meeting Princess Elizabeth.

During his visit, he stayed with his aunt Aspasia.

That summer experts say the young Philip frequented the famed Harry’s Bar and enjoyed some romances against the backdrop of the gondolas, islands and beaches of the city’s lagoon.

He would return again in May 1961 with the Queen as part of a four-day state visit to Italy, with a highlight being a moonlit gondolier ride along the Grand Canal serenaded by guitarists singing Italian love songs.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers an immersive ‘city-break on the water’ Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy cruise which may well have appealed to the Duke’s love of sailing. Staying in style aboard Uniworld’s stunning new ship – the Super Ship La Venezia – the cruise sails around Venice and her islands, and down the River Po.

A lead-in price for this summer is £1,959 (departing 13 June) for an all-inclusive seven-night cruise with a full programmed itinerary staying in luxury accommodation on the SS La Venezia, and return flights from London Heathrow.

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Prince Philip visited Australia for the first time during military service in 1940, travelling onboard the battleship Ramilles.

He was aged just 90 years old at the time.

This marked the beginning of a love affair with the country that would see him return 23 times.

The Duke of Edinburgh made his final visit down under in 2011 and was knighted for his services to Australia in 2015.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Explore Australia with Travelmarvel’s Treasures of Australia itinerary, which takes guests from Sydney to Melbourne to explore many of the cities and natural wonders that Prince Philip marvelled at during his visits.

Travelmarvel’s 17-day Treasures of Australia itinerary costs from £4,145 per person, twin share, and includes return scheduled flights from London Heathrow, all flights within Australia, 16 nights of accommodation, 14 breakfasts, five meals, overseas transfers, luggage porterage, a Travelmarvel Tour Director, and local guides in select locations.


Shortly after embarking on young married life, Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth spent a couple of years living in Malta where the Duke of Edinburgh was deployed following their royal wedding in 1947.

The young royal couple lived in a villa outside the capital of Valletta from 1949 to 1951, and it was said to have been amongst the happiest periods of their lives.

This was most likely due to being able to live in relative freedom before the Queen’s ascension to the throne.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Insight Vacations’ 6-days Easy Pace Malta trip is based just outside Valletta at the Waterfront Hotel in the resort of Sliema and includes expert guided explorations of Valletta and Mdina.

Valletta is known as The Fortress City, with highlights including the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the baroque St. John’s Cathedral, while Mdina is known as the Silent City for its shady streets and peaceful atmosphere.

Price start from £1,631 per person sharing (departing 22 April 2022) and include five nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation, transportation in luxury coaches, all experiences as per the itinerary and three additional meals with wine.


Princess Elizabeth was just 25 years old when her husband Prince Philip had to break the news to her that her father, King George VI, had died making her Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

They were in Kenya as part of an official visit representing the King, who was too ill to travel himself.

On the night he died were staying at a game lodge in Aberdare National Park, where they had been enjoying watching the elephants at their watering hole.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Trafalgar’s nine-day Wonders of Kenya itinerary spends a night in Aberdare National Park at the beautiful Ark Lodge which offers spectacular opportunities to watch the resident birdlife and wildlife from four viewing galleries.

Guests will also enjoy a number of safaris, including game drives in the Maasai Mara and the Samburu National Reserve, and stays in tented camps and lodges.

This trip leads in at £3,275 per person sharing (for a departure in November 2021) and the price includes eight nights’ accommodation, 23 meals, all transportation in luxury coaches and a full programme itinerary.

South America

Prince Philip went on a two-month royal flying tour of South America in 1962, taking in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Argentina, among other destinations.

He later accompanied the Queen on a state visit to Chile and Brazil in November 1968, which represented the first time a serving British monarch had visited South America.

During the trip, the couple also visited Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile and Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Prince Philip even met footballing legend Pelé and saw him score the 900th goal of his career at Rio’s Maracanã Stadium.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Costsaver Tours’ South America Discovery visits Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires and the highlights of Peru in a 15-day trip.

The trip leads in at £2,644 per person sharing (departing from June 2021 onwards) and includes 14 nights of B&B accommodation, seven further meals, orientation tours in Rio, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and transportation on the trip.


The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh made 12 official visits to the west coast province of British Colombia.

This included a visit in 1971 that marked B.C.’s centennial celebration of joining the Confederation.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Travellers can follow a similar journey to Prince Philip with APT’s luxury Rockies Explorer itinerary.

From Vancouver to Victoria, travellers will take in highlights including an exclusive breakfast at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s Cliff House Restaurant, meeting a Mountie in Banff and hearing tales of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

APT’s luxurious 13-day Rockies Explorer itinerary cost starts at £5,245 per person.

This includes return scheduled flights from London Heathrow, 11 nights of handpicked accommodation, a two-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey in GoldLeaf Service, a total of 19 meals, the services of an APT Tour Director and local guides in select locations. Price is based on a 23 April 2022 departure.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Philip apologized to Nixon in letter for 'lame' toast

In a handwritten note to the president, Philip lamented that he had failed to toast to Nixon’s health and success during a dinner in his honor, as protocol dictated.

WASHINGTON — Throughout his decades in public life, Prince Philip was known for putting his royal foot in his mouth with occasional off-the-cuff remarks that could be embarrassing. But his faux pas at a White House dinner with President Richard Nixon in 1969 was enough for Philip to actually lose sleep.
In a handwritten note to the president uncovered by archivists at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, the Duke of Edinburgh wrote to “humbly apologize” for failing to toast the president’s health as dictated by protocol during a “stag” dinner in his honor.
“After the brilliance of the other speakers and yourself, I am afraid my contribution was very lame,” Philip wrote to Nixon from Greenland on Nov. 7 after his solo U.S. trip had concluded. He added: “That night I woke up in a cold sweat when I realized I had forgotten to propose your health!”
Philip died last week at age 99, and his funeral is Saturday. He was married to Queen Elizabeth for 73 years.
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“I think the letter itself shows the character of Prince Philip that so much of the public in the U.K. and across the Commonwealth, and really across the world, have come to admire,” said Jim Byron, executive vice president of the Nixon Foundation. He said the letter was discovered before the coronavirus pandemic but made public this week, as a way of marking Philip’s death.
“It expresses some private feelings of a moment in time that the public really doesn’t always get a chance to see,” Byron added.
Known for his quick wit and willingness to be self-deprecating, Philip’s brand of cheekiness didn’t always go over well, and sometimes veered into racism. In 1995, he asked a Scottish driving instructor, “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?” Seven years later in Australia, when visiting Aboriginal people with the queen, he asked: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”
While visiting a military barracks, Philip asked a sea cadet instructor if she worked in a strip club, and even said to a woman who had lost two sons in a fire that smoke detectors were “a damn nuisance. I’ve got one in my bathroom, and every time I run my bath, the steam sets it off.”
During White House dinners, honored guests usually offer a toast to the president’s health and success. Philip wrote to Nixon that he couldn’t “begin to tell you how much I appreciated your very great kindness and hospitality at the White House. I was quite overwhelmed by the guests but delighted to meet such a distinguished company.”
He mentioned having then traveled to New York, where he was interviewed by Barbara Walters for NBC’s “Today” show.
“The weather in New York was horrible but otherwise all went well,” Philip wrote, “and I found Miss Walters particularly charming and intelligent. I hope we did a good piece.”
The long guest list for the dinner was all-male. It included Vice President Spiro Agnew, most of the members of Nixon’s Cabinet and nongovernmental notables like business magnate Ross Perot and Britain-born comedian Bob Hope.
Byron said Nixon almost certainly replied to Philip’s letter, but, with the library archives remaining closed because of the pandemic, what he might have said is unknown. What Philip said in his remarks — other than omitting wishing Nixon good health — is unknown for the same reason.
The dinner came a day after Nixon delivered his famous “silent majority” speech in which he implored a national audience to unite behind the continuing war in Vietnam until his administration could achieve “peace with honor.” Byron said top aide H.R. Haldeman, who later went to prison for his involvement in the Watergate scandal, noted in his diary how absolutely joyful the president was that night, given that his address had been positively received.
Nixon, who died at age 81 in 1994, was a bit older than Philip, but the two had known each other for years by then. As vice president, Nixon and his wife met with Queen Elizabeth and Philip in London. The Nixons gave the royal couple a tour of Washington’s sites when they made a state visit to the U.S. in 1959.
“Philip, by all measures, he was being kind,” Byron said of the letter. “And really expressing so much of his character.”

This article originally appeared on CBS8 – Entertainment

Sophie Countess of Wessex: 'At Queen's side' amid Prince Philip death body language shows

Speaking of the Queen he said: “She described his passing as a miracle and she’s contemplating, I think is the way that I would put it.

“She described it as having left a huge void in her life, but we the family – the ones that are closer – are rallying round to make sure we’re there.”

Prince Edward said: “It’s a bit of a shock.

“However much one tries to prepare oneself for something like this, it’s still dreadful shock, and we’re trying to come to terms with that. It’s very, very sad.”

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Emilia Romagna Grand Prix makes schedule changes in mark of respect to Prince Philip

The late Duke will have a ceremonial funeral, rather than a state funeral.

Many in the world of Formula One paid tribute to Prince Philip.


Our entire Team is saddened to hear of the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Flags will fly at half mast at our Milton Keynes Campus in remembrance of his devotion to Great Britain.


We are saddened to learn of the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.His life was dedicated to the service of his country, which he did with an unwavering devotion. Our deepest sympathies go to The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family.

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Prince Harry 'the teenager' vs 'duty-bound' William – Tributes to Prince Philip analysed

Prince Harry, 36, and Prince William, 38, are on very “separate paths”, as Harry himself admitted during his interview with Oprah Winfrey last month. While William is destined to be King, Harry has quit his role as a royal altogether and is pursuing a life from himself away from the monarchy with his wife Meghan Markle, 39, in the USA.
While William and Harry’s relationship has been characterised by distance in recent years, the brothers are united in grief over their grandfather Prince Philip’s death.

The Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully at Windsor Castle last Friday and both Harry and William are due to attend his funeral at St George’s Chapel this coming Saturday.

On Monday the brothers spoke out to honour Philip in separate tributes.

William’s kind words were shared on his official Kensington Palace social media channels while Harry posted his statement on his Archewell.com website.

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Language expert and author Judi James analysed Harry and William’s tributes to Philip and shared her insights with Express.co.uk.

Judi said: “In defining the man that was their grandfather both William and Harry appear to be defining themselves and endorsing their own lives and future choices at the same time, picking out mirrored qualities that they would naturally have empathy with and picking that reflected version of themselves in this very complex man to praise and honour.”

In Prince William’s tribute to his grandfather he wrote: “My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.

“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!”

William added: “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.”

As the future king, William is acutely aware of his own destiny and this comes through in his tribute, Judi claimed.

She said: “In many ways, he appears to be stepping behind the Duke in terms of loyalty to the Firm and confirming his own unwavering dedication to his own role as future king.

“He is clearly admiring these qualities in his grandfather and picking up the baton to continue this aspect of his own life role.

“William also speaks as a family man though, stressing ‘…the kindness he showed Kate’ and how his own children gained from their ‘special memories’ with him.

“There is some reference to being ‘mischievous’ and having an ‘infectious sense of humour’ to add emotional dimension but then William returns to more of a historic narrative and again waves that baton of duty in the air, telling the world that he will ‘continue to do what he would have wanted’ which is to ‘support the Queen in the years ahead.’

“This moving tribute is all about continuity and what sounds like a sense of honour and loyalty to the Firm.”

Harry,  on the other hand, seems to enjoy more freedom of expression in his tribute to Philip as he is no longer bound by royal protocol.

Harry’s tribute read: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour.”

 “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.

“He will 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.

“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.”

The heartfelt message was rounded off with, “‘Per Mare, Per Terram,'” – which means “By Sea, By Land” in Latin, and is the motto of the Royal Marines, of which Harry was Captain-General before he quit the Firm.

Judi said: “Harry’s tribute is equally moving but, as a very contrasting man to William and leading a very different life, Harry has chosen to highlight qualities that could easily be used to define himself.

“His version of his grandfather is ‘authentically himself’ with ‘charm’ and a ‘sharp wit’. ‘Beer in hand’ he was to Harry ‘master of the barbeque, legend of banter and cheeky right to the end’.”

Harry’s emphasis is on “being authentic” as opposed to the “duty and service” highlighted by William.

Judi said: “For Harry, this sense of ‘being authentic’ is clearly the most important and praiseworthy quality and in many ways, he seems to be explaining his own behaviour by picking it out.

“The choice of words here make Harry sound more like a teenager than a mature adult and it’s as though he found a playmate in his grandfather.

“It’s the version of Harry that we saw rapping with Corden in the US and it implies that Harry would have had the Duke’s approval for this type of behaviour.

“In terms of royal life and duty, Harry also selects a mirrored version of both his life and his grandfather’s to show a more formal and shared sense of duty and rapport. Both Harry and Philip were Captain-General of the Royal Marines and it is this Latin motto that Harry picks to supply the nod between two men who had done their duty via their military service.”

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Monty Don rages at royal attacks: ‘Respect’ Queen and Philip ‘It's not sycophantic drivel'

Monty Don, 65, has responded after viewers posted on social media about the rescheduling of Gardeners’ World in the wake of Prince Philip’s death. Writing to one viewer, he urged them to “please respect” people grieving over the Royal’s death.
Gardeners’ World did not air in its usual slot on Friday evening after news emerged that the Duke of Edinburgh had passed away earlier that day at the age of 99.

Presenter Monty took to Twitter to let viewers know about this on Friday afternoon.

He wrote to his 221,000 followers on April 9: “It is possible that tonight’s Gardeners World will be postponed due to extended news coverage as a result of the death of Prince Philip (sic).”

Monty then felt compelled to clarify the decision, asking a fan who has since deleted their tweet, to “please respect” those mourning.

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He wrote: “No, not sycophantic drivel but real feeling, real loss for a major figure who has been part of people’s lives. Please respect that.”

While the fan had deleted their tweet, Monty’s message came after many spoke about their disappointment over the news.

At the time one penned: “I was wondering about that and hope it is not.

“It’s such a helpful and comforting programme at the moment- I think it wouldn’t be inappropriate to show it x.”

One wrote: “Respect is the word. Respect for the life completed. Respect for the feelings of loss & grief.”

Another added: “Thank you, @TheMontyDon. Well said, Sir.”

“Thank you Monty for your kind words showing compassion and empathy,” penned a third.

Although Gardeners’ World was cancelled on Friday night, it then aired on Saturday evening instead.

Monty often responds to his followers on Twitter when they air their thoughts on the show.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

Lewis Hamilton called out by fans despite Prince Philip and DMX tributes

Lewis Hamilton came under fire from fans for not to posting a Twitter tribue to Prince Philip, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, but the F1 star did pay his respects on Instagram.  The Mercedes ace wrote a touching message to wrapper DMX, who died on the same day, and was quickly bombarded by supporters.
The Queen’s husband battled with health problems over the past few years and sadly passed away aged 99.

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place on Saturday and many leading celebrities around the world have paid tribue to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Rapper DMX also passed away on Thursday, five days after suffering a heart attack, with his family by his side.

The chart-topping artist was only 50 years old and his death has left the world saddened.

Hamilton paid his own special tribute to DMX, of whom he is a big fan.

“I’m devastated to wake up to the death of DMX,” the seven-time F1 world champion wrote.

“I grew up listening to him, his words and stories got me through some difficult times as a kid and I’m so grateful for his wisdom and light. Gone too soon but I hope on to a more peaceful place. Rest in peace DMX.”

The following day Hamilton reposted Vogue’s tribue to Prince Philip alongside the message: “So sad… my thoughts and prayers go out to the royal family.”

However, fans had already started criticising.

“But no word on the death of Prince Philip, a man who did so much good for the underprivileged youth in so many ways through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, founded in 1956. He stood for all that’s great about the UK,” one angered person wrote.

Another added: “Disappointed in you Lewis, no respect for a much bigger and better man you’ve chosen to ignore the passing of, and disrespect for his wife – suggest you return the honour they bestowed upon you!! Was a massive fan now not so much.”

A third said: “Prince Philip has died mate. Probably did a lot more for society than DMX!”

And a forth commented: “You took a knighthood from our queen and can’t mention her husband in your tweets! Shameful! My son, who looks up to you for inspiration I shall be pointing him in another direction from now on.”

A fifth wrote: “Yeah he was a real role model and such an inspirational character. No mention of the death of a true legend, role model and inspiration – HRH Duke of Edinburgh, you know, the husband of your Queen. No wonder you are becoming one of the most hated people on the planet.”

Although Hamilton came under heavy criticism, there were some who stuck up for the 36-year-old.

“I see everyone complaining about you not saying anything about Prince Phillip,” one person wrote.

“It’s shocking for me to see how obsessed some UK citizens are with the monarchy.”

Another said: “His own hard work brought him the honour. He owes nothing to the royals.”

And a third added: “For all of you blasting Lewis for condolences to DMX ahead of Royalty, Lewis is from hardship to Kingship not born into it. Bad decisions of DMX in life stem from poverty, a fight royalty never knows. So if you’ve battled to the top you can identify.”