The funeral of Prince Philip begins with the Royal Procession
Queen Elizabeth II, wearing a black face mask and sitting alone, said goodbye on Saturday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle to her over-73-year-old husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The sending of Prince Philip, he died last week at the age of 99, was very unusual – partly because the coronavirus restrictions meant that the ceremony had to be reduced, but also because the family rift followed the very public.
Members of the royal family — Philip’s four children, Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward, and some of his grandchildren, including William and Harry — walked behind the coffin in a dark procession to lead the chapel.
As is customary, the family did not praise him, but Windsor Dean David Conner, who led the funeral service, spoke of “many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us.”
“We are inspired by our constant loyalty to our queen, in her service to the nation and the commonwealth, in her courage, strength and faith,” he said. “Our lives have been enriched by the challenges he has set for us, through the encouragement, kindness, humor and humanity he has given us.”
As a result of British pandemic regulations, funerals were reduced, including a limit of 30 guests in church service. The queen and some family members in attendance wore masks and were six feet apart in the chapel.
But the subordinate service reflected not only the reality of a pandemic’s life, but also Philip’s desire for the ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The prince was deeply involved in the organization of the event, planning it for many years.
Prior to the ceremony, his coffin was taken Saturday evening from a private chapel in Windsor Castle to the Castle’s Interior Hall, where prayers were said.
The ceremony was full of symbolism and a gesture to Philip’s life dedicated to the royal family and Britain. The Grenadier Guards, a centuries-old regiment of the British Army, which had been colonel by the Duke of Edinburgh for more than four decades, was placed in a tomb that the prince had helped design. The vehicle, modified by the Land Rover Defender, then led a small procession to St. George’s Chapel, also on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The process of designing the van began 18 years ago, and arrangements were being made until 2019. The wide rear section was adapted to Philip’s specifications and the original vehicle was repainted in “dark green bronze”, common in the military. use, at his request.
Philip served in the Royal Navy, watched the battle in World War II and his navy hat and sword were placed in a coffin before the funeral service. He carried the coffin his personal flag, Which pays homage to Greek heritage and British titles. Numerous other military groups were represented during the procession, and a group of Royal Marines carried his coffin to St. George’s Chapel.
Members of the royal family – Philip’s four children, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, and some of his grandchildren, including William and Harry – walked behind the coffin as he walked to the chapel. Those with military titles of honor are expected to wear suits that show medals rather than uniforms, apparently out of respect for Prince Harry, who was forced to relinquish his military titles when he stepped down from royal duties.
The queen arrived at the chapel by car. Before the service began, there was a one-minute national silence.
It was discussed how the family dynamics would play out, as the funeral would be the first time Prince Harry returns to Britain. he left as king. The service was also provided after he and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a few weeks later. he did a bomb interview with Oprah Winfrey where they surfaced their problems with the royal family.
Funeral services will last less than an hour. A choir of four sang the music chosen by Prince Philip, but it was far from the seated guests, in line with public health guidelines.
His body will then be buried in the royal vault in St. George’s Chapel. The flags that have been flown at half of the staff at the royal residences since his death will remain in Britain until Sunday.