THE Queen left a handwritten note for Prince Philip on his coffin today as she bid her husband a final farewell.
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The Queen sat alone in St George’s Chapel as her husband was laid to restCredit: PA
She left Prince Philip a handwritten note on his coffinCredit: Getty – Contributor
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the contents of the message
Philip’s coffin was draped in the Duke of Edinburgh’s 12ft personal standard and adorned by a wreath of white, spring flowers selected by the Queen.
Also resting on top was a handwritten private message and the duke’s Admiral of the Fleet naval cap and sword.
Her Majesty is said to have signed off the touching note with ‘Lilibet’ – the nickname she was given as a child.
And it was left on top of the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin throughout his funeral in St George’s Chapel in Windsor this afternoon.
Philip was thought to be the last person to call the Queen by her childhood moniker, People reports.
But Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the personal detail, saying it was “private”.
She watched on as Philip’s coffin was carried into the chapelCredit: PA
The Queen dressed in black as she arrived at the chapelCredit: PA
She was escorted to the chapel by a lady in waiting but is sitting aloneCredit: AFP
The Queen pictured with her loyal husband in a candid shot
Her Majesty, 94, laid the Duke of Edinburgh, who stood by her side for seven decades of unwavering service, to rest in an emotional service earlier today.
She wore all black and a face mask for the occasion, appeared sorrowful and deep in thought as she entered St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
One powerful image showed the sombre royal sat alone in the vast chapel as she said her final goodbyes to her loyal husband, 99, who died on April 9.
The Queen had made her way to the front of the chapel alone – after Covid rules meant guests had to socially-distance and sit two-metres apart.
In highly-emotional scenes, she bowed her head respectfully as Prince Philip’s coffin was carried by pallbearers to be placed in front of her pew.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s death means the Queen – who turns 95 next week – will now rule alone for the first time in her 69-year reign.
During the service, Prince Charles fought back tears as the Dean of Windsor paid tribute to Philip’s lifetime of dedication and service to his country.
Prince William sat next to his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, while Harry sat opposite on the other side of the chapel.
As the 50-minute service came to a close, Philip’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault – in unprecedented scenes never aired on television before.
But the Royal Vault is not his final resting place as he will eventually be buried alongside the Queen at Frogmore Gardens when she passes away.