Prince Philip funeral: Royal family follow coffin in procession
Following the end of Prince Philip’s funeral, the Queen invited 15 members of the Royal Family to Windsor Castle. This move is in line with the Government’s regulations on coronavirus. It is not known who, out of the 30 people who attended the funeral, was picked by the sovereign.
The funeral procession started at 2.41pm, with Prince Philip’s coffin arriving at St George’s Chapel seven minutes before the funeral.
Then, the nation fell silent for a minute before the beginning of the service at 3pm.
The funeral ended a few minutes before 4pm, with Prince Philip’s coffin being lowered into the Royal Vault.
Prince Philip met the then Princess Elizabeth in 1939 when she visited the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, where he was training to be a naval officer.
He served with distinction during WWII and was mentioned in dispatches for his bravery during the 1941 Axis invasion of Crete.
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Philip gave up his Greek and Danish titles to marry Princess Elizabeth in 1947, shortly before she became Queen in 1952.
The funeral was attended by the couple’s four children; Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
It was the first royal meeting since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave an incendiary interview to Oprah Winfrey last month.
As they were leaving the chapel, Harry and William were spotted chatting to one another – for the first time since March 2020.
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Following Prince Philip’s death on Friday, members of the Royal Family have taken to social media to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. On Wednesday evening, the Royal Family posted a range of heartwarming images.
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Queen Elizabeth II sat alone today in St George’s Chapel as she said her final goodbyes to Prince Philip, who she had been married to for more than 70 years.
As the Queen entered St George’s Chapel, she turned and bowed her head one last time at Philip’s coffin before joining the Dean of Westminster in St George’s Chapel.
Sitting socially distanced from other members of the Royal Family, the Queen’s emotions were hidden by her black and white face mask.
However, one body language expert explained that the monarch still managed to look “very determined” despite the circumstances.
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The Royal Family joined the Queen today in St George’s Chapel to say their final goodbyes to Prince Philip who died at the age of 99 on April 9.
A body language expert has shared how Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has shown herself to be “strongly supportive”.
Members of the Royal Family including Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Kate Middleton attended Prince Philip’s funeral today which took place in Windsor Castle.
After the service had finished, the family could be seen walking out together, with the Duchess of Cambridge walking beside the Countess of Wessex.
Walking side-by-side out of St George’s Chapel, the Countess could be seen placing her hand on Kate’s back as she wiped away her tears.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, body language expert Judi James explained that Sophie has shown herself to be “strongly supportive”.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attended Prince Philip’s funeral today alongside her husband, Prince Charles.
An expert has shared how Charles “appeared overcome by grief”.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles joined other members of the Royal Family to say their last goodbyes to Prince Philip today who died at the age of 99 on April 9.
The couple sat socially distant from their family members in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Kate Middleton joined Prince William today for Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle.
Fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the Duchess’ outfit and makeup look.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, stood on her own as she watched the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin pass her, which was being carried through the grounds of Windsor Castle on a Land Rover hearse.
Prince Philip’s coffin was followed by his children including Prince Edward and Princess Anne.
In-line with royal protocol, Kate wore an all-black outfit along with special pieces of jewellery.
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7.10pm update: Prince Philip’s coffin to be moved after the Queen’s death
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin is to remain in the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel until the death of the Queen, a royal historian has explained.
Professor of History of Monarchy Anna Whitelock wrote on Twitter: “The Duke’s coffin will now rest in the Royal Vault until, in time, he is joined by the Queen and together they will be buried in the King George VI’s memorial chapel with the Queen’s father and mother. He will now wait for her.”
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Following the funeral of Prince Philip, Princess Diana’s brother simply tweeted: “Goodness – what a stunningly moving ceremony”.
The tribute came after members of the Royal Family closest to the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen said goodbye to the longest-serving royal consort.
Gayle King, a US broadcaster, spoke to her viewers on CBS about the relationship between the Dukes on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral. The confidant of the Sussexes said today it is known the brothers are not on the best of terms.
“They didn’t stand shoulder to shoulder when their mother was buried. This was by the Queen’s design.
“At the end of the day, this is a family that’s grieving.
“I would suspect all of the family differences would be set aside for the day.”
5pm update: Nicola Sturgeon offers condolences to the Queen
Speaking following the funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “On behalf of the people of Scotland, I once again express my deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.
“The many tributes paid to The Duke of Edinburgh in recent days have shown the depth of his contribution to public life over more than 70 years as well as his longstanding ties to Scotland.
“Many have reflected on his distinguished wartime record, his commitment to countless charities and organisations, and his love and support for The Queen throughout their marriage.
“Today, as The Queen and the Royal Family mourn the death of a loved one, we take this opportunity to celebrate and honour an extraordinary life.”
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4.20pm update: Boris Johnson pays tribute to Prince Philip
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was photographed paying tribute to Prince Philip at 3pm today.
The Prime Minister stepped outside of Downing Street and bowed his head as a sign of respect for the Duke of Edinburgh while observing one minute of silence.
The picture of Mr Johnson was later shared on Twitter by Downing Street with the caption: “In Memoriam HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021.”
Prince William and Harry were spotted talking to each other after they left St George’s Chapel in their first face-to-face chat seen in public as Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge helped break the ice.
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to play peacemaker for the two brothers.
The emotional service saw the Royal Family say last goodbyes to Prince Philip with a poignant and moving funeral organised with the help of the Duke of Edinburgh himself.
3.55pm update: The Queen travels back to Windsor Castle alone
The Queen entered her car and left the church alone, while the other attendees walked back to the castle.
Prince William and Prince Harry were spotted speaking to one another – for the first time in public since March 2020 – during the walk.
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3.52pm update: Prince Philip’s funeral ends
Moved members of the Royal Family leave the chapel following the end of the funeral.
The Queen was the first member of the family to exit the chapel, alongside the Dean of Windsor and Archbishop of Canterbury.
3.50pm update: Prince Philip’s coffin lowered into the Royal Vault
Prince Philip has been lowered into the Royal Vault.
The poignant moment was televised – for the first time in history.
As he was laid to rest, the Garter King of Arms proclaimed the Duke’s “styles and titles” which were read out in full.
Among the titles mentioned, there was also “husband”.
3.40pm update: The prayer read by the Dean of Windsor – and selected by Prince Philip
This is the prayer read by The Dean of Windsor, Register of the Most Noble Order of the Garter: “O GOD of the spirits of all flesh, we praise thy holy name for thy servant Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who has left us a fair pattern of valiant and true knighthood; grant unto him the assurance of thine ancient promise that thou wilt ever be with those who go down to the sea in ships and occupy their business in great waters.
“And we beseech thee that, following his good example and strengthened by his fellowship, we may at the last, together with him, be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
The Duke personally chose readings and songs to be played during the service.
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3.30pm update: The Archbishop of Canterbury delivers a reading
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, reads the Second Lesson, taken from the Gospel of John.
It details a conversation between Martha and Jesus.
Jesus said to her: “I am the Resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, He who is coming into the world.”
3.02pm update: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award pay tribute to Prince Philip
Just after the minute of silence ended, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s official Instagram page paid tribute to Prince Philip.
The brief post read: “Thank you, Your Royal Highness, for the incredible legacy you leave through (the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award), empowering young people across the world with the skills, confidence and resilience to make the most of life and make a difference to the world around them.”
3:01pm update: Hundreds of people have fallen silent in Windsor
Hundreds of people have fallen silent in Windsor to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Mourners lined up outside the castle and paused for the silence, while others on the nearby Long Walk did the same.
People were seen holding Union flags, partners wore matching hats while others clutched flowers.
Among them was artist Kaya Mar, 65, who stood alongside an oil painting of Philip that he made last week.
Armed officers stationed above surrounding buildings watched on as the crowd joined the nation in paying tribute to the Queen’s husband.
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Prince Philip funeral live: The Land Rover designed with the help of Prince Philip during the funeral procession
Prince Philip funeral live: The Queen appears to be wiping away a tear
The Queen took a final look back at the coffin of her beloved husband of 73 years before entering St George’s Chapel.
The Queen, who turns 95 next week, was caught by the camera as she looked back to the Land Rover carrying the coffin of Prince Philip one last time before joining the Dean of Windsor inside St George’s Chapel.
The monarch, who married Prince Philip in 1947, followed the procession taking the Duke of Edinburgh from Windsor Castle to the chapel by car.
2.48pm update: The Queen wipes away a tear
The Queen appears to have wiped away a tear while sitting in a car next to a lady in waiting.
The monarch is saying goodbye to her beloved husband of 73 years.
2.41pm update: The procession begins
Prince Philip’s coffin is being put on the Land Rover hearse he helped create.
His four children are standing behind him, waiting for the Duke to begin his last journey.
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Prince Philip funeral live: The gloves and hat used by Prince Philip while carriage riding
Prince Philip funeral live: Prince Philip’s carriage and pony arriving at Windsor Castle
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2.15pm update: Prince Philip’s carriage and ponies arrive at Windsor Castle
The prince was known for his love of carriage riding.
His hobby, which he picked up in his 50s, will be represented during the procession from the castle to the chapel.
The two ponies, born in 2018, and the carriage will be in the Quadrangle as the hearse carrying the Duke passes by to go to St George’s Chapel.
On the seat of the carriage, there are the hat, gloves and whip used by Prince Philip while carriage riding as a memento.
This poignant and touching detail had been agreed by the Duke of Edinburgh himself.
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Crowds have been gathering steadily in Windsor to pay tribute to the Duke.
Many were photographed looking at the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery travelling along the Long Walk.
Some were spotted donning custom face masks, black covering including a picture of the Duke.
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Prince Philip funeral live: Prince Charles was photographed arriving at Windsor Castle
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1.45pm update: Zara Tindall arrives at Windsor with husband Mike
Zara and Mike Tindall were photographed arriving at Windsor Castle to join other members of the Royal Family in mourning.
Zara and Mike recently became the parents of their first son, Lucas Philip Tindall, born at the end of March.
1.15pm update: Prince William and Kate seen arriving at Windsor Castle by car
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen arriving at Windsor Castle by car.
The pair were wearing black face masks.
1.10pm update: Prince Charles spotted arriving at Windsor Castle
Prince Charles has been seen arriving at Windsor Castle.
The mourning son of Prince Philip wore a black face mask as he was being driven inside the Queen’s residence in Berkshire.
His wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in a second car alone.
Prince Philip funeral live: Members of the Royal Family arriving at Windsor Castle
Prince Philip funeral live: Prince Charles wearing a black face mask
Prince Philip funeral live: Members of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive at the Long Walk
Prince Philip’s funeral will feature a subtle link to Princess Diana and her children, as shown by the order of the service released this morning.
A song performed during Princess Diana‘s funeral 24 years ago is present in the order of Prince Philip’s funeral service today, Buckingham Palace has revealed.
The song, Rhosymedre by Vaughn Williams, was played in early September in 1997, when the country came together for the funeral of the Princess of Wales.
12.40pm update: Security sweeps conducted around Windsor Castle ahead of funeral
Police have been conducting security sweeps around Windsor Castle ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral later today.
Photographs show officers in specialist gear searching drains around the medieval site.
At least one police boat is patrolling along the River Thames near the castle.
Prince Philip funeral live: Police boats patrol the River Thames around Windsor
Police search drains near Windsor Castle
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12.20pm update: Prince Philip’s great niece remembers Duke as ‘an idol’
Prince Philip’s great niece, whose brother Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg is in Windsor for his funeral on Saturday, has remembered Philip as an “idol” for the younger generation of their family.
Speaking from Munich, Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg told the BBC: “To all of us, he was an idol, he was somebody to look up to, we had enormous respect for him and it was always very exciting when he came to visit, and he came often.
“And this has become clear to me in the week since he’s died – the way he lived his life, his motto, which was an unwritten motto for us, this discipline, this selflessness, this lack of ego, but also his sense of humour always underlying all of that.
“His hard work and the philosophy that the Duke of Edinburgh Awards have given so many young people is something that is constantly underlying our lives, and it’s certainly something that I’ve always aspired to live up to.”
Speaking about her brother’s attendance at the funeral, she added: “It’s a huge honour, obviously, and having spoken to my brother yesterday, he’s just saying it’s a very special time for the cousins to be together and to be representing what is a huge part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family.
“You just have to think that there were 16 direct cousins of the Prince of Wales… that’s a huge number of people, and there’s three descendants that are able to be there to represent us is a huge honour and is deeply felt.”
Prince Philipp is one of the three German relatives of Prince Philip attending his funeral in Windsor today.
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11.50am update: Public sad to be “missing out” on funeral
Members of the public have expressed their sadness that original plans for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh could not proceed in Windsor.
Residents said the country was “missing out” on fully commemorating Philip’s death but praised the royal family for “setting an example” during the ongoing pandemic.
Despite the sunshine, few people had gathered in the town by 11am on Saturday morning ahead of the event, though a steady stream of tourists, shoppers and dog-walkers passed along the high street.
Dozens of armed police made preparations on the high street and swept areas along the Long Walk up to Cambridge Gate, and the walls of Windsor Castle.
Road signs in the area warned: “Avoid all non-essential travel and do not gather at royal residences”, though some visited briefly to lay tributes to the duke.
Jack Carson, 34, who left bunch of flowers said: “I’m going to watch the funeral service from home but I thought it would be nice to come down this morning to lay some flowers down.
“Philip was a fantastic public servant and will be missed by the people in this town.”
Another resident, Ian Mawhinney, 56, said that it had been a “sombre few weeks” in the town but that the royal family were “setting an example” by limiting numbers at the event.
“I think it’s really important to mark the event.
“It’s been a very sombre time for the town.
“Living in Windsor you realise how much they do for the community and the country.”
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11.40am update: Winston Churchill’s grandson salutes “authentic” Prince Philip
Sir Nicolas Soames, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, has paid a moving tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh who he knew personally.
Speaking on Sky News he said: “I first met him when I was a boy, 12 years-old, and I have to say it’s one of the great privileges of my life that I had the chance to know him a little bit.
“He was a completely authentic person, what you saw is what you got.
“He was always extremely kind to me and I will always be grateful to him for that.
“I only ever saw him really on family occasions and he always struck me as being completely at ease, particularly with his children and grandchildren.”
Prince Philip recycled the same pair of black leather shoes he wore on his wedding day for the rest of his marriage.
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen were married for more than 70 years.
Prince Philip first wore the shoes at his wedding in November 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
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The Count and Countess of Wessex inspecting floral tributes by Windsor Castle
11.15am update: Danish royal family flies flag at half-mast in tribute
The Danish flag at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen is being flown at half-mast in tribute to Prince Philip.
Amalienborg Palace, built in the 18th century, is the home of the Danish royal family.
10.35am update: Jordan’s Prince Hassan bin Talal pays emotional tribute to Prince Philip
Prince Hassan bin Talal from Jordan has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh who he described as a “remarkable human being”.
The two knew each other personally after meeting during royal duties.
The Royal Family will today bid farewell to their patriarch the Duke of Edinburgh more than 73 years after he was given his title upon marrying the Queen. Express.co.uk is asking should the title finish with Prince Philip or be kept alive by his descendants? Vote below.
The monarch, 94, flanked by her family members will lead the nation in mourning the loss of her husband who has been dubbed “the grandfather of the nation”.
His death at Windsor Castle on April 9 set off a wave of public sympathy and praise for his service poured in from around the world.
The duke was known for his quick wit and charm and unwavering support of the Queen.
A mourner leaves flowers outside Windsor Castle
Prince Charles fulfilled Prince Philip’s dying wish as the Duke of Edinburgh asked to return home to die.
Prince Charles visited Prince Philip on his last and longest hospital stay at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London in February.
The Duke of Edinburgh had told his son he wished to “die in his own bed”. Royal expert Marlene Koenig has since confirmed Philip was “brought home to die”.
9.34am update: Flags at half-mast outside Oslo’s Royal Palace in tribute
Flags are at half-mast outside the Royal Palace in Oslo in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Norwegian Oskar Aanmoen tweeted a photo with the caption: The flag on a half mast in honour of Prince Philip, by the order of King Harald.”
The 84-year-old Harald V has been king of Norway since 1991.
An emotive video celebrating the life of Prince Philip has been released by the official Royal Family Twitter account.
It features photographs of the Prince from throughout his life along with a reading of a new commemorative poem from the UK’s poet laureate.
Simon Armitage wrote ‘The Patriarchs – An Elegy’ as a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Due to coronavirus restrictions only 30 mourners will attend the service
The Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully last week aged 99 at Windsor Castle as the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
Details released by the Palace on Thursday confirmed that Harry and William will be walking apart at their grandfather’s funeral.
The two Dukes will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips as the family walk behind the coffin of Prince Philip on Saturday.
The Queen is hoping that Prince Philip’s funeral will act as a “catalyst” to help heal family rifts.
On Saturday, the Royal Family will lay the Duke of Edinburgh to rest in a ceremony at St George’s Chapel.
Prince Harry has flown in from California to be present at the funeral, leaving behind his pregnant wife Meghan in America.
The Duke of Sussex will come face to face with his brother William and father Prince Charles for the first time since his fateful interview with Oprah Winfrey.
7.25am update: Prince Philip’s funeral will celebrate his love of the ocean
Prince Philip’s long association with the ocean and Royal Navy will be celebrated during his funeral at Windsor Castle.
Songs and Bible readings related to the sea will be performed whilst Action Stations will be sounded, as traditionally happens on a warship before it engages the enemy.
Due to coronavirus restrictions only 30 mourners will be able to attend the service and they will be required to wear masks throughout.