The funeral for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who died on the 9th of this month, took place in Britain, amid precautionary measures due to the Corona virus.
The funeral was attended by just 30 people, mostly royals, led by Queen Elizabeth and her sons, the four princes: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, and Prince Harry, who gave up his belonging to the family. many months ago.
The body of the late prince was transported to a church in Windsor Castle on a green military vehicle, in a ceremony that takes into account measures taken to deal with the Corona virus, as participants were required to wear masks and respect physical spacing throughout. ceremony.
The Grenadier Guards – one of five Royal House Guard infantry regiments in which Philip had served as colonel for 42 years – advanced the procession to St George’s Chapel.
The queen, wrapped in black, stood alone as she continued to lower her husband’s coffin in the royal crypt of St. George’s Chapel, which dates from 1475.
The coffin has been lowered into the “Royal Vault” crypt, where it will remain until the Queen joins it after his death. The couple will then be buried in their final resting place in the monument to King George VI, the father of Elizabeth II.
And 800 guests were supposed to attend Prince Philip’s funeral inside Windsor Castle, but the sanitary procedures in place required a limited number of mourners.
To avoid a crowd, it was decided that all funeral ceremonies would take place inside Windsor Castle, located 30 kilometers west of London and dating back 950 years.
Also during the ceremony, the cannons of Royal Navy ships fired several shots in honor of the late prince, who served there during World War II, and citizens observed a minute of silence in various parts of the country at the start of the funeral ceremony.
The prince’s navy blue hat and sword were placed over his coffin and decorated with a wreath of white roses posed by the 94-year-old queen.
Philip, officially known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died on April 9 at the age of 99. The Queen described Philip in 1997 as the source of her “strength and support” throughout their decades of marriage. Publicity
Although he does not assume an official role, Prince Philip has been one of the most influential figures in the royal family for more than 70 years and his marriage to Queen Elizabeth lasted 73 years.
Philip, who married Elizabeth in 1947, helped the young Queen adapt the monarchy to the changing post-WWII world, in the face of the challenges facing the world’s most important royal family following the loss and the decline in the status of the empire.
For the Windsor family, the funeral is an opportunity for its members to meet after a series of crises, and it is the first time Prince Harry has publicly met members of his family since his withdrawal amid the hype of the monarchy and its departure, in the light. of accusations of racism and indifference, he addressed the family to his wife Megan Markle in an interview with Informative Oprah Winfrey.
As for his wife, Megan Markle, who is pregnant with their second child, she remained in the United States on the advice of her doctor.
When it comes to clothing, the British Royal Family have made sure to appear in civilian clothes, which is a way to avoid discrimination against Princes Andrew and Harry, who are so closely associated with the military.
Despite two missions in Afghanistan, Prince Harry – the former “captain” – is no longer authorized to affix special service medals on civilian clothing after losing his honorary military titles.
Although still in the Navy, the appearance of Prince Andrew – the Queen’s second son and former helicopter pilot – in a military uniform would have seemed inappropriate after his withdrawal from the monarchy due to his friendship with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein. , accused of exploitation of minors.