Prince Charles misses Queen Mum’s ‘wisdom’

Prince Charles has revealed he misses his beloved grandmother “everyday”.

The future king described his sadness at the loss of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died in March 2002 at the age of 101.

Speaking at the unveiling of the Queen Mother Memorial Gates at Glamis Castle in Angus, Scotland – the queen mother’s childhood home – the prince said: “Like many here, I suspect, I miss my grandmother every day. I miss her vitality, her interest in the lives of others, her courage and determination, her perceptive wisdom, her calm in the face of all difficulties, her steadfast belief in the British people and above all her sense of mischievous humour.”

“These are all qualities and characteristics we recall with love, pride and gratitude and the physical presence of these gates provide a fitting memorial in the most fitting family place.”

The iron gates took six months to weld and feature the queen mother’s coat of arms. They were funded by the Queen Mother Memorial Fund, set up in 2003 by former education minister Jack McConnell.

The fund raised over £1 million which has been spent on the gates and a memorial in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.