He went on: “You were so calm and composed during the service and said your words with such conviction that I knew everything was alright.
“I have watched you grow up all these years with pride under the skillful direction of Mummy, who, as you know, is the most marvelous person in the world in my eyes, and I can, I know, always count on you, and now Philip, to help us in our work.
“Your leaving us has left a great blank in our lives. But do remember that your old home is still yours and do come back to it as much and as often as possible.”
The pair were near inseparable until his untimely death in 1952, which left the young Elizabeth – then just 25-years-old – heartbroken.
The Queen-to-be was in Kenya with her husband Prince Philip at the time of her father’s death, and cut the rest of her trip short to return to London – where she took her place as reigning monarch.