The Royal Family paid their final tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on Saturday.
The funeral, attended by only 30 family members to comply with the restrictions of the coronavirus, emphasized Prince Phillips ‘unshakeable loyalty’ to the Queen in addition to his ‘courage, fortitude and faith’ in serving the country and the Commonwealth, Bishop David John Conner, The Dean of Windsor Said.
The Duke who died on April 9 at the age of 99 was the longest-serving royal consort in British history after retiring in 2017.
Prior to the Saturday morning service, the Duke’s coffin was moved from the private chapel in Windsor Castle, where he had been resting, to the state entrance.
The procession to St George’s Chapel for the 3:00 pm ceremony began at 2:45 pm, with the Duke’s coffin on a Land Rover that he helped customize and design.
Members of the Royal Family, including Princess Anne and Prince Charles, followed the coffin on foot, while the Queen traveled at the back of the procession in a state of Bentley, accompanied by a lady-in-waiting.
The processional route was lined with military representatives including the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force. More than 700 soldiers took part in the funeral procedure.
The service, which began after a national minute of silence, was a tribute to the Duke’s lifelong service and was conducted by the Dean of Windsor. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, blessed.
During the bidding prayers, the Dean of Windsor said, “Our lives have been enriched by the challenges he has set us, the encouragement he has given us, his kindness, humor and humanity”.
The Archbishop of Canterbury reflected on the Duke’s “faith and loyalty” as well as his “high sense of duty and integrity.”
Buckingham Palace said that while some elements of the funeral plan needed tweaking, the overall structure of the day was in keeping with the duke’s wishes.
No eulogy or sermon was read during the service. A chorus of four sang pieces hand-picked by the Duke, including a 19th-century hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save by William Whiting, associated with the Royal Navy.
The 30 guests in the chapel were the Queen and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, alongside Prince William Prince Harry. The family did not wear military attire, but opted for day dresses and robes with medals.
Members of the congregation wore masks and sat socially aloof, in line with coronavirus rules. The queen sat alone during the service.
The public was also encouraged not to pay their respects in person, but to follow the coverage of the funeral on television or radio.
After the service, which lasted approximately 50 minutes, the duke’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault.