The Queen wiped away tears and was forced to mourn alone in St George’s Chapel during her husband’s Windsor Castle funeral today as she said her emotional final goodbye to her ‘strength and stay’ after their extraordinary 73-year life together.
The Queen’s Bentley followed the coffin from the castle to the church, behind the Land Rover and her family marching together
Her Majesty looked grief-stricken and bowed her head in reverence as she accompanied her beloved Philip’s coffin on its final journey as their eldest son Prince Charles cried as he walked behind the casket into church followed by other devastated royals.
Philip’s coffin had his standard, navy cap and a sword given to him by the Queen’s father when they married 73 years ago as the Queen sat alone on the left as it was placed ahead of the altar
The Duke of Edinburgh’s casket was covered in his personal standard and carried his sword, naval cap, and a wreath of flowers as pallbearers lowered him onto his extraordinary self-designed Land Rover hearse in the castle-packed quadrangle packed with hundreds of armed personnel.
His coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault and lament was played by a lone piper of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Last Post was sounded by buglers of Philip’s beloved Royal Marines who then played Action Stations at the specific request of The Duke of Edinburgh.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, pronounced the Blessing before the 30 royal mourners silently filed out of the church into cars to take them the short journey back to the castle.
The Queen had arrived at the funeral as the national anthem played and the royal Bentley stopped next to her beloved husband’s coffin, where she poignantly paused for a moment of reflection as cannons fired and bells tolled in remembrance of the duke.
Her Majesty was then driven to St George’s Chapel with a lady in waiting, before being sat alone at the front of the church where she stood alone and bowed her head during the national minute’s silence.
The Queen leaves St George’s Chapel after the emotional funeral of her husband Prince Philip
The Duke of Cambridge entered the chapel one place ahead of his younger brother, as the mourners filed into the historic gothic building without saying anything to each other.
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As the world said goodbye to Prince Philip, it also emerged:
- The Queen sat alone having wiped her eyes as she followed her husband’s final journey with his coffin borne on the back of a Land Rover;
- Prince Harry and Prince William saw each other for the first time in a year after falling out over Megxit. They didn’t utter a word on the walk to church but spoke after the service with the Duchess of Cambridge walking with them;
- Philip’s funeral service began with a national minute’s silence in a service reflecting his ‘unwavering loyalty’ to Queen and country, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby praised Philip’s ‘life of service to the nation and Commonwealth’ at the service;