In Pictures: The Queen and nation bid farewell to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
London, April 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Queen Elizabeth II of England led a national final farewell to her late husband, Prince Philip, on Saturday, at a funeral restricted by coronavirus. It was a low-key but colourful and befitting burial reflecting the Duke of Edinburgh’s long life of military and public service.
His coffin was lowered into Royal Vault, at 3.40 pm as members of the royal family stood in honour .
The dean of Windsor reads:
Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul,
In the name of God the Father Almighty who created thee;
In the name of Jesus Christ who suffered for thee;
In the name of the Holy Spirit who strengtheneth thee;
May thy portion this day be in peace, and thy dwelling in the heavenly Jerusalem. Amen.
The ceremony behind the stately walls of Windsor Castle, west of London, was televised to the millions in United Kingdom and around the world with the public urged to stay away because covid pandemic restrictions
The Duke of Edinburgh — described by royals as “the grandfather of the nation” — died on April 9, aged 99, just weeks after spending more than a month in hospital for treatment of a heart condition and an infection
A small group of family members -led by his eldest son Prince Charles and including other three children and Princes William and Harry walked in procession behind his coffin. It was carried the short distance from the inner hall in the castle to St George’s Chapel aboard a Land Rover hearse – which the duke himself helped to design.
The ceremonial funeral took place entirely within the grounds of the castle and the public have been asked not to gather there or at other royal residences.
A national minute’s silence was observed at 15:00 BST, just before the service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury began.
The Duke of Edinburgh — described by royals as “the grandfather of the nation” — died on April 9, aged 99, just weeks after spending more than a month in hospital for treatment of a heart condition and an infection.
Britain’s longest-serving royal consort was an almost constant presence at the Queen’s side during her record-breaking reign that began in 1952 as Britain rebuilt from World War II and as its global empire began to unravel.
His death, after 73 years of marriage, has left a “huge void” in her life, the couple’s second son, Prince Andrew, said last weekend.
The Queen released a touching personal photograph of herself with Prince Philip, both looking relaxed and smiling in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland in 2003.
Images of key moments in the couple’s marriage were also shared on the royal family’s social media accounts.
Most newspapers reflected on her deep personal loss. “The Queen bids farewell,” headlined The Times.