Prince Philip was laid to rest after a strict COVID-19 protocol funeral on Saturday.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9 at age 99, was interred in the Royal Vault at St George´s Chapel alongside the remains of 24 other royals, including three kings of England after a 50-minute service attended by just 30 guests.
The queen set an example even in grief, as she sat apart from family members who were arrayed around the church during the funeral service.
The entire royal procession and funeral took place out of public view within the grounds of the castle, a 950-year-old royal residence 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of London, which was broadcast live on television.
Instead of the 800 mourners expected in the longstanding plans for Philip’s funeral, amid pandemic restrictions, only 30 people were allowed inside the castle’s St. George’s Chapel.
The people in attendance included the widowed British monarch, her four children, and her eight grandchildren.
The 30 funeral guests also included other senior royals and several of his German relatives.
During the service, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, sat opposite the monarch alongside his wife, Camilla. While Prince Andrew sat apart at two seats to the queen’s left.
Meanwhile. Prince William and his wife, Kate, sat directly opposite from his brother, Prince Harry, who had travelled back from California without his pregnant wife, Meghan.
The whole world’s eyes were set on Prince Harry who for the first time reunited with his family after stepping down from royal duties.
This afternoon, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral took place at Windsor Castle.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 17, 2021
It was a family occasion which recognised His Royal Highness’s military associations and included some unique personal touches, in line with The Duke’s wishes: https://t.co/utgjrb8rmD pic.twitter.com/bYWCMsEgk3
The Funeral procession moves from the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 17, 2021
The coffin is carried by a Land Rover designed by The Duke of Edinburgh, & accompanied by Armed Forces representatives, members of the Royal Family, The Duke's Household and The Queen. pic.twitter.com/w0AhnbP95y
Yesterday millions of people around the world heard four Royal Marines Buglers fill St George’s Chapel at Windsor with the haunting echo of the Royal Navy’s historic call to battle.— Royal Marines (@RoyalMarines) April 18, 2021
To find out more, see here: https://t.co/RUn5PmLZYb pic.twitter.com/kQqZREaETf
The world attempted the funeral through the eyes of social media. The main highlights of the funeral procession filled the Twitter timeline.
These were among the most moving images for me… pic.twitter.com/TwKd2RUgIG— Victoria Arbiter (@victoriaarbiter) April 17, 2021
An historic day. Nobody in the world does it better. I was so pleased to be at Windsor today. pic.twitter.com/KqpvSU9ziG— Arthur Edwards (@ArthurJEdwards) April 17, 2021