Members of Britain’s royal family gathered in Windsor, England, today 17th,April 2021 for the funeral of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest-serving consort in the history of the monarchy.
Hundreds assembled outside the castle despite officials asking crowds not to gather before the funeral. Mourners arrived carrying photos and paintings of Philip, and shop windows displayed depictions of the queen’s husband.
Ahead of the funeral, riders from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery made their way up the Long Walk towards Windsor Castle, and military personnel and royal guards all in ceremonial dress took up their positions in Windsor’s Quadrangle beneath a blue sky.
Rows of military marching musicians played pieces of music including, I Vow to Thee My Country and Jerusalem, after members of the royal family not in the procession departed for St. George’s Chapel.
Queen Elizabeth II,his wife was dressed all in black and wearing a matching mask against the pandemic.
The queen, 94, who has called her husband her “strength and stay,” sat alone and at a remove from the other attendees maintaining social distancing in accordance with the country’s Covid-19 rules.
When the ceremony was over, and after Philip’s casket was lowered into the vault, the queen stood up, and walking slowly and left the chapel.
The Duke of Edinburgh — the longest-serving consort of any British monarch — was remembered for his “unwavering loyalty” to the queen, according to the order of service, which he helped to plan.
After she became queen in 1952, he carved out a socially-unusual role for the times, supporting his wife, but always one step behind her — in public at least.