Prince Philip was laid to rest Saturday with a funeral fit for a royal, but within the confines of Britain’s COVID-19 pandemic rules and in the “no fuss” manner the Duke of Edinburgh requested.
After a funeral procession moved Prince Philip’s coffin from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel in a customized Land Rover he helped design, members of the royal family made their way inside for the service for Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 73 years, who died April 9 at age 99.
The queen accompanied by a lady-in waiting, wore a mask and rode in a state Bentley at the rear of the procession and sat alone at St. George’s Chapel for the duration of the funeral.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh during his funeral at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, sat opposite the monarch alongside his wife Camilla. Prince Andrew was closest to the queen, at two seats to her left.
Prince William and his wife Kate sat directly opposite Prince Harry, who traveled back to his home country from the U.S. without his pregnant wife Meghan who has been advised by her doctor not to make the long journey, the Associated Press reports.
Officials said the flowers chosen for the service were low-key, reflective of Philip’s no-fuss attitude. The queen chose white lilies, small roses, freesia and other blossoms in the wreath on Philip’s coffin.
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Royal family arrives at St. George’s Chapel
Due to pandemic restrictions, only the royal members of the family were allowed in the chapel for the service. In attendance were the queen, Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, his sons, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex, Charles’ and William’s duchess wives, Camilla and Kate, as well as Philip’s three other children, Princess Anne the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew Duke of York, and Prince Edward Earl of Wessex. Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, and Sophie Countess of Wessex are also in attendance.
Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat for the funeral service of Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh inside St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The service began with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby entering the chapel ahead of the coffin, followed by Philip’s children and three of his eight grandchildren, as a four-member choir sang “I am the resurrection and the life.”