Prince Philip funeral: Queen sits alone as she bids farewell to Duke of Edinburgh at funeral

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The Queen and members of the Royal Family have gathered for the funeral of Prince Philip, as the monarch said goodbye to her beloved husband of 73 years.

Dressed in a face mask and in sombre black, the Queen’s arrival was the first time she has been officially seen in public since the Duke of Edinburgh died eight days ago.

A small group of Philip’s close family and friends attended the televised funeral service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which began with a national minute’s silence at 3pm.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Queen sat alone during the funeral of her husband, who died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April at the age of 99.

Philip’s coffin was carried on a custom-built Land Rover Defender hearse designed by the duke and modified over 16 years.

It was followed for part of its final journey by the Queen, who travelled in a Bentley with Lady Susan Hussey, with her trusted lady-in-waiting – with both wearing facemasks.

Walking behind the coffin, in morning suits and day dresses but not uniform, were Philip’s eldest children the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal, followed by their siblings the Earl of Wessex and Duke of York.

In the third row was the Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge but between the two royal brothers – their troubled relationship well documented – was their cousin Peter Phillips.

Watching as it passed were royal mourners including the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Wessex and her children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were also in attendance.

The duke has been interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel.

Although members of the public were urged not to gather in Windsor for the funeral, some have been visiting the town, bathed in bright spring sunshine, to pay their respects and leave flowers at the castle gates.

On the eve of the funeral, a touching photograph was released of the Queen and duke giving a glimpse of their lives away from protocol.

The royal couple are pictured as they are rarely seen – relaxing together during a summer break and enjoying the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands on the Balmoral estate.

The order of service is similar to the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002.

Not having a lingering funeral was also in line with the duke’s wishes.

Earlier this week, Harry said of his grandfather: “I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!'”

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