Foreign Affairs
Final farewell for the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was given a final farewell in an intimate ceremony in St George’s Chapel, a ceremony marked by Covid restrictions and according to the Duke’s personal wishes.

His wife for 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II who described the Duke as her bulwark of protection, sat alone during the funeral ceremony which began with a minute’s silence.

Windsor Deacon David Connor and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Wellby conducted the ceremony and paid homage to the infinite loyalty the Prince showed to his wife throughout a lifetime as well as for his services to the nation.

They praised his moral fibre and for the way he was exemplary to many.

“We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.”

The attending congregation was limited to 30 persons because of Covid restrictions and social distancing and the Queen sat alone throughout the ceremony.

The Duke’s coffin was carried a short distance  to the Chapel in a Land Rover that had been modified by the Duke himself.

Prince Charles and Princess Anne led the funeral procession with Princes Edward and Andrew behind them.

In the third row there were his grandchildren, the Princes William and Harry with their cousin Peter Philips between them.

Over 730 armed forces members took part in the ceremony but attendance in the chapel was limited to close relatives and individuals who were close to him.

The 94-year-old Queen, assisted by her helper accompanied the procession.

Cannon fire salutes were fired in nine localities throughout the UK, as well as Gibraltar. Malta also honoured with a cannon fire salute to commemorate his memory.

A one-minute silence was held throughout the UK and there were no departures or arrival of aircraft at Heathrow for six minutes at that same time.

The Duke’ connections with the Royal Navy and his love of the sea were also celebrated but no homily was delivered as the Prince himself had requested.

Music during the ceremony included the 1860, Eternal Father, Strong to Save by William Whiting, associated to marine military services.

There was a reduced chorus of four but no singing by the congregation as part of the Covid restrictions.

The whole funeral was conducted within the Windsor Castle precincts and members of the public were requested to keep away from the zone.

Before the funeral the Queen published her favourite photograph with the Duke that was taken in 2003 that was snapped by the Countess of Wessex in Aberdeenshire in Scotland showing the happy couple relaxing on the grass.