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Prince Philip laid to rest in Royal Vault at Windsor Castle

Prince Philip laid to rest in Royal Vault at Windsor Castle
Queen Elizabeth watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh during his funeral, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday. (AP)
London, Apr 17 (AP) | Publish Date: 4/17/2021 12:39:27 PM IST

As military bands played and a procession of royals escorted his coffin to the church, Prince Philip was laid to rest Saturday in a funeral ceremony that honored his lifetime of service to the U.K., the crown and his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II.

Prince Philip has been interred in the Royal Vault at St Georges Chapel alongside the remains of 24 other royals including three kings of England. But it will likely not be his permanent resting place.

The biggest of seven interment sites inside the chapel the vault houses the remains of King George III whose almost six-decade reign included the years of the American Revolution. His sons King George IV and King William IV are also buried there.The widowed British monarch, setting an example amid the coronavirus pandemic, sat alone at the ceremony, dressed in black and with her head bowed in prayer. Philip, who died April 9, two months shy of his 100th birthday, was honored at Windsor Castle in a service that was steeped in military and royal tradition but also pared down and infused with his own personality. Coronavirus restrictions meant that instead of the 800 mourners expected in the longstanding plans for Philip’s funeral, only 30 people were allowed inside the castle’s St. George’s Chapel, including the queen, her four children and her eight grandchildren. Following strict social distancing rules during the pandemic, the queen set an example even in grief, sitting apart from family members who were arrayed around the church. Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, sat opposite the monarch alongside his wife, Camilla. Prince Andrew was two seats to the queen’s left. Prince William and his wife, Kate, sat directly opposite from his brother, Prince Harry, who had traveled back from California without his pregnant wife, Meghan.

People across Britain observed one minute of silence in honor of Philip just before the funeral got underway. Philip’s coffin traveled to the chapel on a specially adapted Land Rover designed by the prince himself. The coffin was draped in his personal standard and topped with his Royal Navy cap, sword and a wreath of flowers. The children of Philip and the queen — Charles, Princess Anne, Andrew and Prince Edward — walked behind the hearse, while the 94-year-old queen traveled to the chapel in a Bentley car.

Grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry also walked behind the coffin, although not side by side. The brothers, whose relationship has been strained amid Harry’s decision to quit royal duties and move to California, flanked their cousin Peter Phillips, the son of Anne. Later Saturday, the two brothers were seen walking together and chatting as the mourners left the chapel after the service.

The funeral reflected Philip’s military ties, both as a ceremonial commander of many units and as a veteran of war. More than 700 military personnel took part, including army bands, Royal Marine buglers and an honor guard drawn from across the armed forces.

 

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