PRINCE Charles fought back tears as he paid respects to his father the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of his funeral.
The Prince of Wales led the procession of his father’s coffin on the short walk from Windsor Castle to Windsor Cathedral.
Prince Charles blinked back tears as the procession entered St George’s chapel
Prince Charles was adorned in military medals and followed by his sibling, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.
Although all members of the royal family attending the funeral wore black masks, Charles’ eyes were full of emotion at the passing of his father aged 99.
Prince Charles and the Queen then led a one minute silence for the Duke of Edinburgh as the funeral began.
As the service began Camilla shuffled closer to her husband as he blinked back tears.
The Queen and her family gathered at St George’s Chapel in Windsor to say farewell to Philip, who died peacefully just over a week ago at Windsor Castle.
He was hailed as the “grandfather” of the country by his son the Duke of York.
In weather more like summer than spring, the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal had led senior royals in walking behind their father’s coffin the short distance from the castle to St George’s Chapel.
The Prince of Wales led the procession with Prince Philip’s coffin from Windsor Castle to Windsor CathedralCredit: AFP
No military uniforms were worn to the funeral, but each royal family member wore the appropriate military medals on their black suits.
Philip’s coffin was draped in his striking 12ft personal standard and decorated with a wreath of flowers specially chosen by the monarch, alongside his Admiral of the Fleet Naval Cap and sword.
For the procession, the coffin was lifted into place by Grenadier Guardsmen onto the rear of the dark bronze green Land Rover Defender hearse the duke designed himself.
In an emotional statement last week, Prince Charles said he misses his father “enormously” and the Duke would be “so deeply touched” by the outpouring of grief.
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