PRINCE PHILIP’S “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen and “courage, fortitude and faith”was hailed at his funeral on Saturday afternoon.
The Duke of Edinburgh stood by the monarch’s side for more than 70 years, dedicating his life to the nation and service.
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Duke of Edinburgh during the Queen’s Birthday parade in 2011 also known as Trooping the ColourCredit: PA
The Order of Service for the funeral of Prince PhilipCredit: Buckingham Palace
The 99-year-old was laid to rest at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, with the Royal Family gathering to bid farewell to the Queen’s “rock”.
Prince Harry has returned from the US to be with his family, with just 30 mourners allowed to attend the service due to Covid.
However, the funeral still followed Prince Philip’s wishes – and hailed his “courage, fortitude and faith”.
The Queen also paused at his coffin to bid her husband of more than seven decades farewell as he is laid to rest.
No members of the Royal Family read lessons or gave readings at the funeral and there was no eulogy.
Her Majesty was also sitting alone during the funeral due to strict coronavirus rules.
Members of the Royal Family had to be at least two metres apart during the service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
No sermon was delivered during the ceremonial royal service, in keeping with Philip’s wishes, while his body was taken to the funeral in a Land Rover he helped to design.
His love of the sea and long association with the Royal Navy permeated the Order of Service, which was released by Buckingham Palace ahead of the proceedings.
Music chosen by the duke included the hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” – traditionally associated with seafarers and the maritime armed services.
The Dean of Windsor, in the Bidding, also paid tribute to Philip’s “kindness, humour and humanity.”
“With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us,” he said of Philip, who died aged 99 Friday, April 9.
“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.
“Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity.”
11am – The coffin was moved from the private chapel to the Inner Hall of Windsor Castle by the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.
2pm – The Lord Chamberlain, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and Dean of Windsor arrived in the Inner Hall.
2:10pm – The Dean said prayers before leaving by car to St George’s Chapel. Military representatives will be in the Quadrangle.
2:20pm – Members of the Royal Family and Philip’s relatives who were not taking part in the procession left Windsor Castle and made the journey to the chapel. The Land Rover, where the coffin was placed, entered the Quadrangle. The Prince’s staff, the Major General commanding the Household Division left from the Equerries Entrance and took their position.
2:38pm – The coffin was lifted in the Inner Hall.
2:40pm – Members of the duke’s household took up their positions in the procession and the bank stopped playing music.
2:41pm -The coffin was moved to the State Entrance and was met by members of the Royal Family who are walking in the procession.
2:45pm – The procession begun and lasted around eight minutes. The firing of minute guns by The King’s Troop Horse Artillery from the East Lawn formed a backdrop as the family members already at the chapel stood to view the procession. The Band of the Grenadier Guards stopped playing. The Rifles Guard of Honour gave a royal salute and the national anthem played.
2:53pm -The Land Rover with the coffin arrived at the chapel. The coffin was carried up the steps and stopped on the second landing as members of the Royal Family went up the stairs.
3pm – There was a National Minute’s Silence. The Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury received the coffin.
Members of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rehearse on the Long Walk in front of Windsor CastleCredit: Reuters
The funeral took place at St George’s Chapel in WindsorCredit: Getty – Contributor
Flowers sit outside St George’s Chapel, following the death of Prince PhilipCredit: Reuters
Music chosen by the duke includes the hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” – traditionally associated with seafarers and the maritime armed services.
Written in 1860 by William Whiting, it was inspired by the dangers of the sea described in Psalm 107.
It was also sung at the funeral of Philip’s beloved uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.
The funeral will take place on SaturdayCredit: Getty – Pool
A lesson by the Dean of Windsor was read out during the 50-minute service.
The reading tells of “those who sail the sea tell stories of its dangers, which astonish all who hear them; in it are strange and wonderful creatures, all kinds of living things and huge sea monsters”.
Following the Lesson by the Dean of Windsor was The Jubilate written by Benjamin Britten and was written at the request of The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Second Lesson was read by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Funeral guests also heard the choir sing Psalm 104 which was set to music by guitarist and composer William Lovelady.
Originally composed as a cantata in three movements, it was first sung in honour of the duke’s 75th birthday in 1996.
Philip’s close association with the military showed at the funeral.
Members of the Armed Forces took part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral to “honour their special relationship” with Philip, a spokesman said.
The Last Post was sounded by buglers of the Royal Marines and, after a period of silence, the Reveille was played by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry.
Philip enjoyed an active naval career between 1939 and 1951 and was a veteran of the Second World War.
Detachments drawn from units that had a link with Philip were positioned on the grass in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle.
Philip’s military links
HMS Magpie, HMS Collingwood, HMS Sultan, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, 1710 Naval Air Squadron, Captain Naval Recruiting and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary were in attendance.
Units from 40 Commando Royal Marines and the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines were in the Quadrangle.
Philip held the title of Captain General of the Royal Marines for 64 years after being appointed by the Queen after her coronation.
His final official solo engagement was the Captain General’s Parade outside Buckingham Palace in August 2017.
Units from The Queen’s Royal Hussars, Grenadier Guards, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, “The Highlanders”, Royal Gurkha Rifles, The Rifles, The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and The Intelligence Corps were in the Quadrangle.
The band of the Grenadier Guard led the procession.
The Quadrangle was lined by The Household Cavalry including The Life Guards, the Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons, The Blues & Royals and the 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards plus the 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery wasalso part of the proceedings. Members of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery took part in a 41-gun Royal Salute to mark Philip’s birthday every year on June 10 in Hyde Park, central London.
Royal Air Force
Philip was the Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Northolt and flew on many flights out of the station, which opened in 1915 and played a key role in defending the UK during the Battle of Britain. It also served as a fighter station during the London 2012 Olympic Games as home to four Typhoon fighter aircraft.
Philip presented 32 (The Royal) Squadron with a new standard at RAF Northolt in March 2015.
Commonwealth defence advisers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago were present at Horseshoe Cloister to recognise Philip’s close links with the Armed Forces in their countries.
Philip was the Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal Australian Navy, Field Marshal of the Australian Army and Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force, and also the Colonel-in-Chief of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.
His range of appointments with Canada include being the Admiral of the Royal Canadian Navy, General of the Canadian Army and General of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Philip’s titles also included being the Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army and Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Before the service, a selection of music chosen by the duke was played – Sir William Harris’s Adagio Espressivo (Sonata in A minor), Percy Whitlock’s Salix (The Plymouth Suite) and Berceuse (Op 31 No. 19) by Louis Vierne.
Bach’s choral prelude Schmucke Dich, O Liebe Seele (Adorn Yourself, O Dear Soul) BWV 654 was also performed along with Vaughan Williams’ Rhosymedre.
The small choir of four was conducted by the St George’s Chapel director of music James Vivian and the organ was played by Luke Bond.
After the duke’s coffin was lowered into the royal vault a Lament was played by a Pipe Major from the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The duke was Royal Colonel of the Highlanders, 4th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
As the service drew to a close the Archbishop of Canterbury pronounced the Blessing and the National Anthem wassung by just the choir.
Guests were not be allowed to sing during the funeral due to Covid rules.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the White Drawing Room, Buckingham PalaceCredit: AP:Associated Press