Prince Philip’s cousin mourns his death as he misses ‘THAT telegram’ on his 100th birthday

Prince Philip’s cousin mourns his death as he misses ‘THAT telegram’ on his 100th birthday

06/10/2021

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Prince Philip would today have been celebrating his 100th birthday. Sadly, the Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle, aged 99, on April 9, 2021.

He missed receiving THAT telegram by just 2 months and 1 day

India Hicks

Today, official social media accounts for members of the British Royal Family have shared touching tributes to the late Duke.

Including the official account for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who received a heartwarming rose dedicated to Prince Philip.

Princess Eugenie, 31, shared a picture of her grandparents stood outside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, saying: “Thinking of Grandpa on what would have been his 100th birthday.”

Now, Prince Philip’s second cousin, India Hicks, daughter of Lady Pamela Hicks, has shared a moving tribute.

In view of her 269,000 followers, former Ralph Lauren model India, 53, shared a picture of her mother, Prince Philip, and Lady Pamela’s father, Lord Mountbatten.

Alongside the post, the former model penned: “Today would have been Prince Philip’s 100th Birthday. He missed receiving THAT telegram by just 2 months and 1 day.

“My mother spent many summers with her cousin Philip during their childhood (seen here seated between him and her father). She spent more time with Prince Philip during both Commonwealth Tours.”

India went on to add: “At one point onboard SS Gothic they all became addicted to deck croquet, the outcome of which depended on how much the ship was rolling and how recently the decks have been washed down.”

The mother-of-five continued: “They played quite sedately but Prince Philip was having none of that, introducing instead deck hockey ‘minus rules’.

“By the time they reached Fiji there were four sprained ankles, four seriously crushed fingers and countless minor injuries but as Prince Philip always managed to come out quite unscathed the games continued until the day they came ashore.”

The post that has since racked up thousands of likes was soon inundated by messages of condolences from supporters.

“Such amazing memories. Thank you for sharing your mum with us,” wrote one.

While a second added: “Wonderful post. Thank you!”

“Such an amazing man. He was indeed the most fascinating character. Such a shame he didn’t live to celebrate his centennial landmark. What an amazing photo,” commented a third.

Before a fourth added: “Such a beautiful, precious photograph. Sending so much love.”

India’s mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, 92, served as a Lady-in-waiting to the Queen during the early years of her reign.

While India acted as a bridesmaid to her godfather, Prince Charles, during his wedding to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Now, the philanthropist works alongside the disaster relief agency Global Empowerment Mission and provided support on the ground in The Bahamas, where she lives shortly after Hurricane Dorian in August 2019.

The author continues her work for the organisation as well as the Harbour Island Foodbank who provide food for those who lose their jobs following the shutdown in The Bahamas.

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