Prince Philip laid to rest by Queen Elizabeth II, royal family

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WINDSOR, England — Legend has it he was born on a kitchen table on the Greek island of Corfu almost a century ago. On Saturday, he was delivered to a royal vault on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

From front left, Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince Andrew. Prince Edward, Prince William, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Earl of Snowdon and Tim Laurence follow the coffin the coffin makes it’s way past the Round Tower during the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Saturday April 17, 2021. (Leon Neal/Pool via AP)

Britain’s royal family said farewell to Prince Philip, family patriarch and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 73 years, who died last week, a few months short of his 100th birthday.

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Ahead of the funeral, riders from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery made their way up the Long Walk toward Windsor Castle, and military personnel and royal guards all in ceremonial dress took up their positions in Windsor’s Quadrangle beneath a blue sky.

Rows of military marching musicians played pieces of music, including “I Vow to Thee My Country” and “Jerusalem,” after members of the royal family not in the procession departed for St. George’s Chapel.

Image: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat alone in St. George's Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat alone in St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who had been by her side for 73 years.Yui Mok / Pool via AP

Waiting for him in the ancient chapel was the queen, dressed all in black and wearing a matching mask against the pandemic.

The queen, 94, who has called her husband her “strength and stay,” sat alone and at a remove from the other attendees, who were limited to 30 and maintained social distancing in accordance with the country’s Covid-19 rules.

Her grandson Prince Harry also sat alone. It was his first public appearance with the royal family since he and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gave a tell-all interview to the media mogul Oprah Winfrey in the United States last month.

The Duke of Edinburgh — the longest-serving consort of any British monarch — was remembered for his dedication to the queen.

“We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith,” said the Rev. David Conner, dean of Windsor, who conducted the funeral service that Philip himself planned. “Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humor and humanity.”

His coffin was draped with his personal flag, and placed on top was his sword, a naval cap, a flower wreath — and a letter from his wife.

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The funeral service lasted less than an hour. After Philip’s casket was lowered into the royal vault, his many titles were proclaimed and a lament was played by a pipe major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

When it was over, the queen stood up and, walking slowly, left the chapel.

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