Charles and Camilla visibly emotional as they read notes to Philip at tribute

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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles appeared visibly emotional as they looked at the floral tributes and read messages left for Prince Philip following his death aged 99.

The tributes, which were initially left outside Buckingham Palace, have now been moved to the gardens of Marlborough House, which is the headquarters of the Commonwealth Foundation.

It is Charles's first public appearance since his dad's death last Friday.

As well as hundreds of bunches of flowers, there were a number of touching messages that Charles took the time to read.

A Clarence House spokesperson said: "Today, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Marlborough House Gardens to view a selection of flowers left by members of the public in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh.

"The flowers and condolence messages have been moved from outside Buckingham Palace and within the Royal Parks to the private gardens at Marlborough House.

"The Royal Parks will continue to move the flowers during this period of National Mourning. Marlborough House Gardens was chosen so as not to encourage crowds from gathering outside The Royal Palaces due to Covid-19."

Philip's funeral will take place on Saturday with only 30 people in attendance in line with the current Covid-19 restrictions.

The flowers and tributes were moved to avoid them becoming a spectacle and attracting a crowd.

Officially mourners have been asked to make a charity donation instead of laying flowers, but that has not stopped some people paying their respects with floral tributes.

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One message read: "Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow, you are in our prayers."

Another, addressed to the Queen, said: "Sending our love and condolences on the loss of your beloved Prince Philip yours always love Layla, Lis and Neil xxxx."

A third card read: "Your memory will never face. Rest in Peace."

Marlborough House is a fitting place for Philip's tributes given his long association with the Commonwealth and its member states.

The Duke of Edinburgh undertook 229 solo visits to Commonwealth countries between 1949 and 2016, with many more trips made alongside the Queen.

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