The Queen wiped away tears and was forced to mourn alone away from her family in St George’s Chapel during Prince Philip’s Covid-hit Windsor Castle funeral today as she said an emotional final goodbye to her ‘strength and stay’ after their extraordinary 73-year life together.
Her Majesty looked grief-stricken and bowed her head in reverence as she accompanied her beloved husband’s coffin on its final journey while their eldest son Prince Charles cried as he walked behind the casket into church followed by other devastated royals.
The Queen stands alone as she watches Prince Philip’s coffin being carried by soldiers on its final journey into St George’s Chapel, Windsor today for the funeral of her beloved husband
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin was covered in his personal standard and carried his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers with a handwritten note from his wife as pallbearers placed him on to his extraordinary self-designed green Land Rover Defender hearse in the castle’s quadrangle packed with hundreds of armed personnel.
After the eight minute procession and the 50 minute service, his coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault. A lament was played by a lone piper of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Last Post was then 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 castle. Harry and William decided to walk back with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and were seen smiling speaking animatedly as they were reunited for the first time in a year where their relationship became fractured.
The emotional 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, wiping tears from her eyes.
Her Majesty was then driven to St George’s Chapel with her lady in waiting Susan Hussey, before being sat alone at the front of the church where she stood and bowed her head during the national minute’s silence. She looked at the coffin throughout the poignant service, where the majority of her children and grandchildren were on the verge of tears.
Following behind the coffin was the royal procession, led by Philip’s children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. The grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, followed but the feuding brothers were separated by their cousin Peter Phillips, viewed as a ‘peacemaker’ between the two.
The Duke of Cambridge entered the chapel one place ahead of his younger brother, as the mourners filed into the historic gothic chapel without saying anything to each other. But they later spoke as they walked back to the castle, with Kate taking a step back to let them spend time alone.
The Queen had decided that no royals should wear military uniform after Prince Andrew demanded to dress as an Admiral and Prince Harry was stripped of his titles. They were allowed to wear their medals, however. Andrew was seen driving away in a casual suit and aviator sunglasses around an hour after the funeral ended.
As the world said goodbye to Prince Philip, it also emerged:
Her Majesty then put on her spectacles as she sat alone and looked towards the altar during the poignant service
The Queen is greeted by the Right Reverend David Conner, Dean of Windsor, as she arrives at St George’s Chapel followed by Camilla and Kate
The emotional Queen wipes away a tear in the back of the royal Bentley as she saw the procession
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge look towards Philip’s coffin before it was lowered into the Royal Vault
William and Kate bow their heads and clasp their heads in prayer during the service
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn and Sophie, Countess of Wessex listen to the service
Prince Harry was sat directly across from his older brother and his wife Kate having flown in without his wife Meghan
(top row, left to right) Zara and Mike Tindall, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie, (front row, left to right) the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh
Viscount Severn, (L), Sophie, Countess of Wessex (C) and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor sit together in chapel waiting for Prince Edward to sit with them
Princess Eugenie of York (R) and her husband Jack Brooksbank sit quietly together with their hands clasped
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby praised the extraordinary life of the Duke of Edinburgh
Her Majesty’s head remained bowed throughout the heartbreaking walk from the car to the church
Her Majesty, with tears in her eyes, looks on after she had a moment of quiet reflection by her husband’s coffin
The Queen’s Bentley followed the coffin from the castle to the church, behind the Land Rover and her family marching together
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones, Peter Phillips, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence prepare to set off from the castle behind the coffin
Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence follow Prince Philip
rincess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence follow Prince Philip down from the castle to the chapel
Members of the Royal family march behind the coffin during the ceremonial funeral procession of Britain’s Prince Philip
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard is carried to the purpose built Land Rover
Members of the Household Cavalry lined the route of the ceremonial procession and lowered their heads as the coffin passed them
Members of the military stand for a minutes’ silence before the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip had links to 42 regiments before he died on April 9 aged 99
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, center, Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Viscount Severn watch the procession, as Prince Charles and Princess Anne walk past, from the Galilee Porch of St George’s Chapel
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex holds his mask as he follows The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin into St George’s Chapel
Kate was impeccably dressed for the occasion and once outside the chapel, the Duchess wore a long buttoned coat over her Roland Mouret dress
The Queen leaves St George’s Chapel after the emotional funeral of her husband Prince Philip
Prince Charles looked grief stricken as he followed his father on the final journey to church
Prince Philip’s cap and sword atop the coffin as it was carried on the Land Rover hearse he helped design
The purpose built Land Rover Defender hearse waits for Philip’s coffin to be carried out from the castle
The coffin was lowered gently on to the Land Rover hearse
The bearer Party found by The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards carry the coffin of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the purpose built Land Rover Hearse
The Duke of Edinburgh’s casket was covered in his personal standard and carried his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers as masked pallbearers lowered him on to his extraordinary self-designed Land Rover hearse
Prince Philip’s coffin has emerged from Windsor Castle as the Royal Family joined the Queen in mourning her husband at his funeral
The Royal Family’s procession was led by Prince Charles and Princess Anne who looked emotional following the casket
The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex, who have a troubled relationship, did not walk shoulder to shoulder with their cousin Peter Phillips between them