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Prince William pays tribute to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, for her 'kindness and sense of humour' in new book

Catriona Webster

Published 22/08/2015 | 18:43

(Left-right) the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony at Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 13, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
(Left-right) the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony at Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 13, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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Prince William has paid tribute to the Queen's life of service in a preface to a new biography of his grandmother.

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William, father to Prince George (2) and three-month-old Prince Charlotte,  highlights the "example and continuity" set by the Queen during her turbulent reign, praising her as a "model for a life of service to the public".

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge talk to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Duke of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge talk to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Duke of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool
The Duke of Edinburgh (left), Queen Elizabeth II the Duchess of Cornwall (third left) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (right) with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 5, 2015. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced earlier who the godparents for Charlotte will be. They are Laura Fellowes - the daughter of one of Diana, Princess of Wales's sisters, and friends Sophie Carter and James Meade, Kate's cousin Adam Middleton and William's close friend Thomas van Straubenzee. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

He also reflects on her private character, noting her "kindness and sense of humour" and "love of family and home" in a very personal account.

Writing in the preface to 'Elizabeth II: The Steadfast', William reflects on the technological and social changes the 89-year-old Queen has witnessed since her birth in 1926.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a service of celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on June 4, 2013 in London, England. The Queen's Coronation took place on June 2, 1953 after a period of mourning for her father King George VI, following her ascension to the throne on February 6, 1952. The event 60 years ago was the first time a coronation was televised for the public. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a service of celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on June 4, 2013 in London, England. The Queen's Coronation took place on June 2, 1953 after a period of mourning for her father King George VI, following her ascension to the throne on February 6, 1952. The event 60 years ago was the first time a coronation was televised for the public. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

He said: "I think I speak for my generation when I say that the example and continuity provided by The Queen is not only very rare among leaders but a great source of pride and reassurance.

"Time and again, quietly and modestly, The Queen has shown us all that we can confidently embrace the future without compromising the things that are important.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte
IN FAVOUR, OUT OF FAVOUR: From left, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and his wife Catherine

"From a personal point of view, I am privileged to witness the private side of The Queen, as a grandmother and great-grandmother.

"The Queen's kindness and sense of humour, her innate sense of calm and perspective, and her love of family and home are all attributes I experience first-hand."

William also pays tribute to his grandfather Prince Philip, 94, who he said had "devoted his life" to supporting the Queen.

He adds: "All of us who will inherit the legacy of my grandmother's reign and generation need to do all we can to celebrate and learn from her story.

"Speaking for myself, I am privileged to have The Queen as a model for a life of service to the public."

The biography was written by former home and foreign secretary Lord Douglas Hurd and will be published on August 27.

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