The funeral of Prince Philip concluded. (Symbolic photo-AP)
Prince Philip Funeral: At the funeral, the hymns and doctrines were recited by the departed family members themselves and reflected in his ‘unwavering loyalty’ to his wife, Elizabeth II, in the service of Britain and the Commonwealth.
The ceremony officially began at St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle with a minute’s national silence at 3 pm local time on Saturday, a ceremony without any sermon that the Duke himself had desired. He died at the age of 99 on Friday. Earlier, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Saturday, “The Duke of Edinburgh had agreed to the funeral arrangements in its lifetime, which reflects the military influence and personality of the Duke”.
Married 73 years ago
At the end of the ceremony, the Duke’s coffin was taken to his final resting place. Elizabeth was wearing a black dress during this time and she was riding in a stately Bentley car on the funeral procession. Other members of the royal family were walking behind them. Upon reaching the chapel, Elizabeth sat there following the guidelines of physical distance due to the epidemic. At the time of Philip’s funeral, the Dean of Windsor said, ‘We are inspired by courage, luck and faith in our unwavering commitment to the service of our Queen, Nation and Commonwealth.’ Duke’s coffin was carried in a Land Rover car which Sometimes he designed himself. His body was accompanied by his children and grandchildren. The Queen started her day by releasing a photograph of her late husband in Scotland, sitting on the grass. Elizabeth (94) was married to Philip 73 years ago and he described her as his ‘strength and stagnation’.
Only 30 people attended the final ceremony
No member of the royal family said anything about the Duke in the funeral program and only 30 people attended the entire event. He also followed the rules of social distance apart from applying masks. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also watched the program on TV like thousands of others. Officials said Philippe’s Royal Navy cap and sword were placed on the coffin with a floral wheel. A squadron of soldiers from the army’s Grenadiers Guards Regiment brought their coffin to the hall. The funeral was also attended by Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince William and Harry.