The Queen and members of the royal family bid an emotional farewell to the Duke of Edinburgh at his funeral today Saturday April 17th at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
While plans for Prince Philip’s funeral were modified in light of COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremonial aspects of the day and the service were still in line with the Duke’s wishes, Buckingham Palace has said.
Only 30 guests were attendance at the service and these included all of Philip’s children and grandchildren plus their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, and three of Philip’s German relatives: Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden; Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
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.
The bands also played “God Save the Queen” as the monarch emerged in her royal Bentley — dressed in black and masked — to bring up the rear of the procession.
The Duke of Edinburgh — the longest-serving consort of any British monarch — will be remembered for his “unwavering loyalty” to his wife Queen Elizabeth II, according to the order of service, which he helped to plan.
Philip lived a peripatetic youth after his father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, was banished and his family fled Greece. Philip joined Britain’s Royal Navy where he excelled, serving in World War II, and married the then-Princess Elizabeth