The Queen is “thinking of others before herself” as she mourns the loss of her husband, says her daughter-in-law Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

Sophie, who is close to the monarch, spoke to reporters on Sunday as she attended a church service with husband Prince Edward, the Queen and Prince Philip's youngest son, and daughter Lady Louise Windsor.

Prince Andrew, who stepped down from royal duties in 2019 over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, said his mum the Queen has described the death of her husband as “having left a huge void in her life”.

Speaking at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, Edward and Sophie remembered the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, as a kind and funny man who "always took a personal interest" in everyone he met.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor discuss Prince Philip's death
The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, comment on Prince Philip's death

Asked how the Queen was, Sophie, 56, replied: "Thinking of others before herself, she's amazing."

Edward, 57, added: "Yes, as always. But bearing up.

"But again, that wave of affection for him and those lovely stories, they just mean so much and the tributes have been so fantastic and that's really really important and we really do appreciate it."

Sophie added: "And I think it's so lovely for so many people to learn about what he did because I think quite a lot of things that have come out will have surprised some people, and how intrinsic he was to every element of society if you look at it and it's just lovely.

"I mean, I have heard things which I didn't even know as well, so for many people they'll have been learning a lot about him, which I think is important.

The Countess of Wessex, with her daughter Lady Louise Windsor, talks to Cannon Martin Poll, Domestic Chaplin to Her Majesty The Queen after a church service
The Countess of Wessex, with her daughter Lady Louise Windsor, talks to Cannon Martin Poll, Domestic Chaplin to Her Majesty The Queen
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Queen, Prince Philip, and Princess Anne wave to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the couple's wedding
The Countess of Wessex with her husband Edward and her in-laws, the Queen and Philip, at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018

"And to the wider family and to so many other countries where he is well remembered. That outpouring from all over the world is so appreciated."

Philip died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday morning, just two months before his 100th birthday. A ceremonial royal funeral will be held at St George's Palace, Windsor Castle, on Saturday afternoon.

The Earl of Wessex spoke of coming to terms with his father's death, saying: "It's been a bit of a shock, however much one tries to prepare oneself for something like this, it's still a dreadful shock and we are sort of trying to come to terms with that and it's very, very sad.

"But I have to say, that the extraordinary tributes and the memories that everybody has had and been willing to share has been so fantastic and it just goes to show, he might have been our father, grandfather, father in law, but he meant so much to so many other people and just being here this morning from Windsor Great Park and he was a ranger here for more years than I think any other ranger and he meant so much to so many other people here.

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"And it's the same those who lived and worked at Balmoral, at Sandringham, for all those past and present he means a huge, huge amount to them, very personal, they all had their own personal memories and stories and our hearts go out to all of them as well."

After speaking to local wardens who had shared their memories of the duke, Sophie said: "He always exchanged words with everybody because it didn't matter what anybody was doing in and around the estate here and everywhere else, they all meant a lot to him and he always took a personal interest in everything that they were doing, so they have all got stories to tell and most of them are quite funny as well."

Edward added: "He went carriage riding round here on a regular basis, but he would go to places that are quite all over the place...."

Sophie interjected: "And got pulled out of a few ditches round here I seem to remember as well!"

Edward said: "Oh, well, in the early days yes, he would have a few problems."

Prince Philip and the Queen chat through the window of his Land Rover
Philip and the Queen chat through the window of one his Land Rovers in 2018
The Queen and Prince Philip during "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for her 90th birthday
The Queen and Philip during "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for her 90th birthday in 2016

Sophie cheekily added: "And more recently, too."

In 2019, Philip, then 97, was driving a Land Rover Freelander when he was involved in a serious car crash involving a mother and a baby.

Andrew, who attended the Sunday service, told how the Queen has described the loss of her beloved husband Prince Philip as "having left a huge void in her life", their son Prince Andrew revealed today.

The Duke of York said the monarch was "feeling it more than everybody else" but was remaining "incredibly stoic", as he described his father's death as a "terrible loss".

Andrew, 61, said: "The Queen as you could expect is an incredibly stoic person and she described his passing as a miracle, and she is contemplating is the way I would put it.

"She described it as having left a huge void in her life but we, the family, the ones who are closer, are rallying round to make sure that we are there to support her and I know there is a huge amount of support, not just for her, but for everybody as we go through this enormous change."

Andrew was speaking in public for the first time since his disastrous appearance on BBC Newsnight in November 2019, where his relationship with convicted sex offender Epstein was exposed.

The Duke of York paid tribute to his father and thanked the public for the "absolutely outstanding" tributes.

Andrew said his passing at the age of 99 during the pandemic felt as though the family was "in the same boat" as so many around the world who have lost loved ones to Covid-19.

He said: "It's a terrible loss.

"My father said to me on the telephone a few months ago, we're all in the same boat and we must always remember that but occasionally we, in the family, are asked to stand up and show compassion and leadership.

"And unfortunately with my father's death, it has brought at home to me not just our loss but the loss that everybody else has felt for so many people who have died and lost loved ones during the pandemic, and so we are all in the same boat, slightly different circumstances because he didn't die from Covid, but we are all feeling a great sense of loss.

"But at the same time the tributes have been absolutely amazing, that I have seen and the messages that I am getting have been absolutely outstanding and I just want to say how grateful I am, we are, for these tributes.

"He was a remarkable man, I loved him as a father. He was so calm.

"If you had a problem he would think about it and that's the great thing I always think about, he was always somebody you could go to and he would always listen, so it's a great loss.

"I think the way I would put it is we have almost lost the grandfather of the nation and I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother who is feeling it, probably more than everybody else.

The Duke of York added: “I know there is a huge amount of support not just for her (the Queen) but for everybody as we go through this enormous change.”

Honouring his father on Saturday, heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, 72, spoke movingly of his “dear Papa”, who he said had devoted himself to the Queen, his family and the country for some 70 years.

Speaking from his Gloucestershire home of Highgrove, the Prince of Wales said his father had “given the most remarkable, devoted service to the Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth”.

He added: “As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously,” and said Philip would be “deeply touched” by the people around the world sharing “our loss and our sorrow”.

Prince Andrew discusses the death of his father Prince Philip
Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties in 2019 over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Charles pays tribute to Philip
Heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, 72, spoke movingly of his “dear Papa”

Charles said: “My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that.

“It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”

Earlier on Saturday, the Queen, 94, paid a touching tribute to her late husband as a tweet was posted by the Royal Family's official Twitter account.

The account shared the Queen's moving quote about her love for Philip from their 50th wedding anniversary.

She said: “He (Philip) has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”

Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in central London
Philip, 99, was last seen in public when he left a London hospital on March 16

The Queen was speaking in November 1997 during a lunch at Banqueting House in London, in which she looked back on “a remarkable 50 years”.

The Queen, Charles and Prince William will on Saturday reunite with Prince Harry, who is flying in from California to attend the service for the Philip.

Harry, 36, will not be joined by his pregnant wife Meghan Markle, 39, who has been advised by her doctor not to travel to the UK for the funeral, or their one-year-old son Archie.

Saturday's ceremonial royal funeral in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, will be like no other, with the Queen and her family wearing face masks and socially distancing as they gather to say their final farewell amid coronavirus restrictions.

Only 30 people – expected to be the duke's four children and their spouses, eight grandchildren and other close family – will attend as guests.