As military bands played and the royal family’s procession carried their coffin to the church, Prince Philip was laid to rest on Saturday at a funeral ceremony that marked the UK, the crown, and his 73-year-old wife, Queen Elizabeth II. Was given the honor of lifetime service.
Setting an example in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, the widowed British Emperor sat alone at the ceremony, dressed in black and bowed his head in prayer.
Philip, who was two months shy of his 100th birthday, killed on 9 April, was honored at a service at Windsor Castle, steeped in military and royal tradition, but down with his own personality Was also hidden. The entire royal procession and funeral was kept out of public view within the grounds of the palace, a 950-year-old royal residence 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of London, but was shown live on television.
Coronavirus restrictions meant that instead of 800 bereaved people in the longstanding plans for Philip’s funeral, only 30 people were allowed inside the palace’s St. George’s Chapel, including the queen, her four children, and her eight grandchildren. Were.
Following the rules of strict social distance during the epidemic, the queen also set an example in grief, sitting apart from family members who were placed around the church.
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, sat before the emperor with his wife Camilla. Prince Andrew Queen had two seats to the left. Prince William and his wife, Kate, sat directly opposite his brother, Prince Harry, who had traveled back from California without his pregnant wife, Meghan.
Before the funeral the British people kept a minute’s silence in honor of Philip. Under the soft spring sunshine, some locals first stayed outside the palace to drop flowers, but people heeded requests from police and the palace not to gather due to an epidemic.
Philip’s coffin traveled to the chapel on a specially adapted Land Rover designed by the prince himself. The coffin was draped to his personal standard and topped with his Royal Navy cap, sword and garland of flowers.
For the procession, senior military commanders lined the front of the vehicle. Philip and the Queen’s children – Charles, Princess Anne, Andrew and Prince Edward – walked behind the heart, while the 94-year-old Queen traveled to the chapel in a Bentley car.
Grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry also went after the coffin, though not shoulder to shoulder. The brothers, whose relationship has been strained between Harry’s decision to relinquish royal duties and relocate to California, left his cousin Peter Phillips, Anne’s son.
For many viewers, the moment evoked memories of William and Harry in 15 and 12, behind the coffin of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, along with her grandfather Philippe, in a London ceremony.
Later on Saturday, the two brothers were seen walking together and mourning as mourners left the chapel after the service.
The funeral reflected Philip’s military ties, both as a ceremonial commander of several units and as a veteran of the war. More than 700 military personnel took part, including army bands, Royal Marine Buglers, and an honor guard from the armed forces.
Inside the Gothic chapel, the setting for centuries of royal weddings and funerals, the service was simple and very simple.
The ceremony began with Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury entering the chapel next to the coffin, followed by Philip’s children and three of his eight grandchildren as a four-member, socially distant vocalist ” I am the resurrection and the life. “
There was no sermon at Philippe’s request, and no family was stunned or read in keeping with the royal tradition. But Dean of Windsor, David Conner, said that the nation had Philip’s “unwavering loyalty to our queen, her courage to the nation and the Commonwealth by her courage, patience and faith.”
Philip spent nearly 14 years in the Imperial Navy and saw action in the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific during World War II. Many of the elements of his funeral had a maritime theme, including the hymn “Eternal Father, save from the strong”, associated with sailors and asking God: “O hear us when we cry to you / At sea.” For those in distress. “
Leading the prayer, Konner said: “Make him believe in his ancient promise that you will never be with those who go to sea in ships and do your business in the great waters.”
As Philip’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault, the Royal Marine Buglers sounded the “action station”, an alarm that prepares the sailors for battle. Its inclusion, following the traditional bugle call of “The Last Post”, was Philip’s personal request.
Philip was placed in the vault along with the remains of 24 other royals, including the three kings of England. But this will likely not be their permanent resting place. After the Queen’s death, she and Philip are expected to be buried at the Royal Burial Ground on the Frogmore Estate close to Windsor Castle.
Along with Philip’s children and grandchildren, 30 funeral guests included other senior royals and several of their German relatives. Philip was born as a prince of Greece and Denmark and, like the queen, belongs to a group of European royal families.
After the funeral, Buckingham Palace released a photo of the Queen and Philip of Philip, smiling on blankets on the grass in the Scottish Highlands in 2003. Mahal said that the casual photo was Rani’s favorite.
For decades, Philip was a fixture of British life, famous for establishing the Duke of Edinburgh’s award program, which encouraged young people to challenge themselves and in a blunt manner, which at times contained derogatory remarks Was involved. He lived under the shadow of his wife, but his death led to his role and being appreciated by many in Britain.
“She was a character, a complete character,” Jenny Jeeves said as she watches the floral tribute in Windsor. “He was fun, he was fun. Yes, they made quite a few gaffes, but it depends on how you took it. Just a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and a good example for all of us. “