Duke of Edinburgh funeral LATEST: Queen supported by Royal Family after bidding husband of more than 70 years farewell

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18 Apr 2021, 0:58Updated: 18 Apr 2021, 0:58

THE Queen paid an emotional farewell to her late husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, during his funeral on Saturday.

Due to Covid restrictions the Queen was forced to sit alone inside Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel as she led the Royal Family in mourning at the funeral of her beloved husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

And after yesterday's service, Kate Middleton acted as a peacemaker between Prince Harry and William as they shared a private chat while walking away from Philip's emotional funeral.

The tender reunion after more than a year apart, came after they stood apart to walk behind their grandfather's coffin, and were sat separately in the chapel.

Dressed in a face mask and in sombre black, it was the first time the Queen, grieving for her devoted companion of 73 years, has been officially seen in public since Philip died eight days ago.

And the Duke's coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault at St George's Chapel - and was broadcast live for the first time in history.

Accompanied by her loyal lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey, the Queen made her way from the Sovereign's Entrance in the State Bentley, as the national anthem was played, to join the solemn funeral procession.

Philip's coffin, draped in his striking 12ft personal standard and decorated with a wreath of flowers specially chosen by the monarch, and his Admiral of the Fleet Naval Cap and sword, was carried into St George's Chapel.

It had been lifted into place by Grenadier Guardsmen onto the rear of the dark bronze green Land Rover Defender hearse the duke designed himself.

The Duke's association with the Royal Navy and love of the sea was a focus of the service - but in line with his wishes there was no sermon.

More than 730 members of the armed forces took part in the event, but there is a limit of 30 mourners at St George's Chapel, under Covid rules.

Read our Prince Philip funeral live blog below for the latest updates...

WHO IS EXPECTED TO HAVE ATTENDED PRINCE PHILIP'S POTENTIAL WAKE?

Although Philip's burial was broadcast live on television, any family commemorative events held to honour the 99-year-old's life have not been publicly disclosed.

But who would make the cut to the wake amid the 15-person Covid restrictions?

The couple's four children, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward were expected to attend the possible reception after the afternoon service.

The majority of Prince Philip's grandchildren - Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall - are also likely attendees.

Camilla, Kate Middleton, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are also thought to have made the potential list, while the final place could be taken by the Queen's first cousin, Princess Alexandra.

WHO SANG AT PHILIP'S FUNERAL?

Despite Covid restrictions putting a ban on singing during the service, a choir were still permitted to perform at the funeral of Prince Philip yesterday.

The foursome consisted of soprano Miriam Allan and lay clarks Tom Liliburn, Nick Madden and Simon Whiteley - the latter three being Lay Clerks at St George's Chapel Choir.

It was conducted by James Vivian and accompanied by organ music played by Luke Bond.

During the funeral, hymns such as The Sentences, The Lesser Litany and Eternal Father, Strong To Save were sung.

PRINCE PHILIP FUNERAL - PRINCE CHARLES FIGHTS BACK TEARS AS FUNERAL PROCESSION ARRIVES AT ST. GEORGE'S CHAPEL

Prince Philip funeral - Prince Charles fights back tears as funeral procession arrives at St. George's Chapel

SECOND WORLD WAR VETERAN WHO FOUGHT ALONGSIDE PHILIP WATCHES FUNERAL IN UNIFORM

A Second World War veteran who fought alongside the Duke of Edinburgh watched the funeral dressed in his Royal Navy uniform in tribute.

Malcolm Clerc, 94, watched the historic event on television at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire, on Saturday.

Mr Clerc joined the Royal Navy aged 15 and served as a petty officer stationed in Guam, a US island territory in the western Pacific.

His daughter, Sally Clerc, 54, said he met Philip on several occasions during the Second World War and at events ever since.

She told the PA news agency: "He was on the ship with Philip Mountbatten, as he would have been called then, they spent some time together.

"They shared a couple of interesting experiences over that time."

NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WEARS BOWLER HAT AND TIE FOR DUKE'S FUNERAL

A nine-year-old who has special needs and is paralysed from the chest down donned a bowler hat, shirt and tie at home to mark the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

Noah Wall, from Carlisle, Cumbria, has severe spina bifida and special needs as a result of a rare condition which meant he was born with just a small part of his brain.

Noah is a patron of Variety, the Children's Charity, which Philip co-founded, and said he felt "proud to be British" watching the funeral.

"Today is a sad day as it's Prince Philip's funeral, I feel very sad also for my Queen, but I also feel proud to be British too," Noah told the PA news agency.

Noah's mother, Shelly Wall, said Noah was "so shocked" by Philip's death, but recognised the situation from his grandfather's funeral when he was five - when he also wore his bowler hat outfit.

UNIQUE TELEVISED MOMENT OF COFFIN BEING LOWERED INTO THE ROYAL VAULT

The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin descended into the Royal Vault during his funeral service, lowered by an electric motor.

It was a moment never seen before on television, with Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, describing it as "unique in British royal history".

Usually, the movement of the coffin into the vault beneath the floor of the Quire of St George's Chapel would take place in private.

But for Philip's funeral, the coffin began to move down incredibly slowly, as the Dean of Windsor read the Commendation and the Garter King of Arms proclaimed the lengthy list of the duke's regal styles and titles.

Part of the lowering was filmed by the BBC cameras, which moved away at times to focus on other elements, including the Garter King of Arms, a piper's lament, and the Actions Stations naval battle cry by buglers.

DUKE'S FUNERAL 'TYPICALLY PHILIP AND ALL THE BETTER FOR IT' SAYS ROYAL AUTHOR

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral was "typically Philip and all the better for it", a royal author has said.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, pointed to the "quirky touches" and "very moving aspects", such as the duke's carriage with his gloves, cap and jar of sugar lumps for the horses and the Land Rover hearse.

"It was a very fitting tribute and send off in the most difficult circumstances," Mr Little told the PA news agency.

"It's what the duke wanted in so many ways but he wouldn't have envisaged it involving so few people.

"Visually I thought it was quite stunning and the perfect spring day made it all the more so."

PRINCE PHILIP FUNERAL - THE GRENADIER GUARDS STAND READY AND THE DISMOUNTED HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MARCH DOWN CHAPEL HILL

Prince Philip funeral - The Grenadier Guards stand ready and The Dismounted Household Cavalry march down Chapel Hill

WILLIAM AND HARRY REUNITE (CONTINUED...)

Harry was seen talking with William and the Duchess of Cambridge as the group left the moving funeral.

William has previously called his wife the "peacemaker" between the brothers - and today Kate stepped back to allow the pair to speak.

It appears the brothers stuck to their word to put their differences aside after a turbulent year to focus on mourning the Duke of Edinburgh. After months of distance sparked by Harry's move to the US and an explosive Oprah interview, the brothers came together after the poignant service.

The decision for the family to walk back to the castle and forgo the state cars waiting for them is thought to have been made on the spur of the moment.

The brothers walked together for several minutes, moments after watching their grandfather's coffin lowered into the vault in emotional scenes at St George's Chapel.

KATE MIDDLETON ACTS AS PEACEMAKER AS PRINCE HARRY & WILLIAM SHARE PRIVATE CHAT AS THEY LEAVE PHILIP’S EMOTIONAL FUNERAL

KATE Middleton today acted as a peacemaker between Prince Harry and William as they shared a private chat while walking away from Prince Philip's emotional funeral.

The tender reunion after more than a year apart, came after they stood apart to walk behind their grandfather's coffin, and were sat separately in the chapel.

Read more here.

LOYAL LADY-IN-WAITING LADY SUSAN HUSSEY, 81, RODE WITH QUEEN IN STATE BENTLEY TO PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL

THE Queen's loyal lady-in-waiting rode with the monarch in the State Bentley to Prince Philip's funeral.

Lady Susan Hussey, 81, has a strong bond with Queen Elizabeth II, having served her for decades.

Read more here.

SPECTATORS AND PLAYERS AT THE CRUCIBLE PAY RESPECTS TO THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Spectators returned to the Crucible on Saturday as Ronnie O'Sullivan started the defence of his World Championship crown. As one of the Government's pilot events, which are being used to help England and sport out of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, the venue in Sheffield opened its doors to fans again.

And the sport came together shortly before 3pm to pause the action and pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Neil Robertson returned to his seat midway through a break of 25 in his match against Liang Wenbo, and the partition wall was raised in order for players on the adjoining table to also take part.

MC Rob Walker said: "We interrupt live play at the Crucible for a moment of national respect and reflection.

"May I please now ask everyone who is able to stand and join us in a minute's silence in memory of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh."

HARRY AND WILLIAM LEAVE ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL SIDE BY SIDE ALONG WITH KATE MIDDLETON

PRINCE William and Prince Harry chatted as they were reunited for the first time in more than a year at the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The estranged brothers – who had earlier walked apart, separated by the cousin Peter Philips in the funeral cortege – chatted as they strolled up Chapel Hill after the moving service.

Prince William, 38, was first to leave St George’s Chapel with his wife, The Duchess of Cambridge. And Wills appeared to wait for Harry, 36, as the Duke of Sussex – who jetted to the UK for the funeral alone – left the chapel.

William removed his mask and pointed up the hill as he muttered a few words to his brother in their meeting since Harry and wife Meghan’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview which blasted the Royal Family.

His gesture appeared to spur Harry on, and his younger brother – still in a mask – caught up and also said a few words to William’s wife Kate, 39.

THE QUEENS HEARTBREAK

The Queen appeared sorrowful and deep in thought as she said goodbye to her beloved husband Philip on her "saddest and most difficult day".

She wore all black and a face mask for the occasion at St George's Chapel, Windsor, and was forced to sit alone due to Covid restrictions.

Her Majesty also made her way to the front of the chapel alone - as guests had to socially-distance and sit two-metres apart.

In highly-emotional scenes, she bowed her head respectfully as Prince Philip's coffin was carried by pallbearers to be placed in front of her pew.

The Duke of Edinburgh's death means the Queen - who turns 95 next week - will now rule alone for the first time in her 69-year reign.

DUKE'S BIRTHPLACE HOLD MEMORIAL SERVICE

A memorial service was held today in Corfu, the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthplace, to honour the life of Prince Philip.

Alongside the historical service in Windsor this afternoon, the 40-minute service was held in the Cathedral of Ayios Spyridonas and led Bishop Nektarios.

Philip was reportedly born in the Mon Repos palace at 10am on June 10, 1921, on the kitchen table.

"He was born here, he is part of our history," Corfu’s mayor, Meropi Ydraiou, told the Guardian.

"His death has been widely discussed. It’s touched a lot of older people who still have memories of the royal family and has been cause for the younger generation to learn about our island’s past."

WHO ATTENDED THE DUKE OF EDINBRUGHS FUNERAL?

Due to Covid regulations, the Royal Family were forced to scale back the affair - with even the Prime Minister giving up his space.

Philip's immediate family - including the Queen, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward - obviously top the list of mourners.

All of the duke's grandchildren and their spouses - including William, Harry, Eugenie and Beatrice - also attended, alongside three of Philip's German relatives - Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

The duke's close friend, Countess Mountbatten of Burma - Penelope "Penny" Knatchbull - the Queen's first cousins Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent, who loyally supported the monarch and Philip by carrying out royal duties over the decades also made the list of mourners.

WHAT WAS PRINCE PHILIP BURIED WITH?

PRINCE Philip has been buried with a special engraved sword given to him by King George VI when he married the Queen in 1947 and is engraved with a message from his father-in-law.

Her Majesty, 94, laid the Duke of Edinburgh, who stood by her side for seven decades of unwavering service, to rest in St George's Chapel today.

The Duke's body was then interred in the Royal Vault of St George's Chapel after being placed on a catafalque on a marble slab.

But this is not his final resting place as he will eventually be buried alongside his doting wife when she passes away.

When the time comes, His Royal Highness will be buried with his Admiral of the Fleet naval cap and sword.

PRINCE PHILIP LAID TO REST IN ROYAL VAULT AT WINDSOR CASTLE

Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday laid to rest her late husband, Prince Philip, in a royal funeral like no other, curtailed by coronavirus restrictions but reflecting his long life of military and public service.

Philip, who died on April 9 aged 99, was interred in the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle, west of London, after a 50-minute service attended by just 30 guests but watched by millions on television.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S LOVE OF THE SEA AND ROYAL NAVY FEATURES IN FUNERAL SERVICE

The Duke of Edinburgh's love of the sea and lifelong association with the Royal Navy featured in his funeral at St George's Chapel, in hymns, prayers and music.

Sailors and Royal Marines were part of the 750-strong military presence paying their respects to Philip in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

In the lead-up to the funeral service, detachments drawn from units which had a link with Philip were positioned on the grass in the Quadrangle, which was bathed in spring sunshine on Saturday.

The duke's coffin was decorated with his Admiral of the Fleet Naval Cap and sword, and carried by Royal Marines up the steps of the chapel.

The service was peppered with naval imagery, including in a prayer by the Dean of Windsor, who conducted the service.

PHILIP'S LIFE AND LEGACY REMEMBERED AT FUNERAL

The Duke of Edinburgh's life and legacy were remembered during a funeral service reflecting his naval career, passion for engineering and dedication to the Queen.

During the poignant event attended by the Queen and his children and grandchildren, the duke was described as enriching the lives of all those he knew with his "kindness, humour and humanity".

The day was one of contrasts, a spectacle of pomp and pageantry provided by the many regiments and military units associated with Philip during his long association with the Armed Forces who took part.

There were simple touches that reflected the man, his polished dark green four-wheeled carriage was parked so it was passed by the funeral procession - his cap, whip and brown gloves lay neatly on a folded blanket.

And the wreath of white blooms, including roses and lilies chosen by the Queen, placed on top of his coffin included a handwritten card, edged in black, from his wife the Queen of 73 years.

PRINCE PHILIP FUNERAL - PRINCE HARRY REJOINS ROYALS FOR HIS GRANDFATHER'S FUNERAL

Prince Philip funeral - Prince Harry rejoins royals for his grandfather's funeral

DEFENCE SECRETARY IS PROUD ARMED FORCES 'ACCOMPANIED PHILIP TO HIS PLACE OF REST'

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace tweeted: "On behalf of the Armed Forces it has been an honour for us to have served alongside HRH The Duke of Edinburgh over the years.

"I am proud that on this day they have been able to accompany him to his place of rest and display to the nation the devotion we all held for him."

HARRY AND WILLIAM LEAVE ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL SIDE BY SIDE ALONG WITH KATE MIDDLETON

PRINCE William and Prince Harry chatted as they were reunited for the first time in more than a year at the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The estranged brothers – who had earlier walked apart, separated by the cousin Peter Philips in the funeral cortege – chatted as they strolled up Chapel Hill after the moving service.

Prince William, 38, was first to leave St George’s Chapel with his wife, The Duchess of Cambridge. And Wills appeared to wait for Harry, 36, as the Duke of Sussex – who jetted to the UK for the funeral alone – left the chapel.

William removed his mask and pointed up the hill as he muttered a few words to his brother in their meeting since Harry and wife Meghan’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview which blasted the Royal Family.

His gesture appeared to spur Harry on, and his younger brother – still in a mask – caught up and also said a few words to William’s wife Kate, 39.

PRIME MINISTER PAYS TRIBUTE TO PHILIP AS HE OBSERVES MINUTES SILENCE AT CHEQUERS

The Prime Minister has appeared with his head bowed and dressed in black on the steps outside his country home in Chequers on the day of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

Boris Johnson tweeted the photograph, saying: "In Memoriam HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021."

Mr Johnson observed the minute's silence at 3pm from Chequers ahead of the funeral service, after being unable to attend due to coronavirus restrictions.

PHILIP'S LIFE AND LEGACY REMEMBERED AT FUNERAL

The Duke of Edinburgh's life and legacy were remembered during a funeral service reflecting his naval career, passion for engineering and dedication to the Queen.

During the poignant event attended by the Queen and his children and grandchildren, the duke was described as enriching the lives of all those he knew with his "kindness, humour and humanity".

The day was one of contrasts, a spectacle of pomp and pageantry provided by the many regiments and military units associated with Philip during his long association with the Armed Forces who took part.

There were simple touches that reflected the man, his polished dark green four-wheeled carriage was parked so it was passed by the funeral procession - his cap, whip and brown gloves lay neatly on a folded blanket.

And the wreath of white blooms, including roses and lilies chosen by the Queen, placed on top of his coffin included a handwritten card, edged in black, from his wife the Queen of 73 years.

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