The Moments And Details You Might Have Missed At Prince Philip's Funeral


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Who was in attendance at Prince Philip's funeral?

In attendance were the queen, Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, his sons, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex, Charles' and William's duchess wives, Camilla and Kate, as well as Philip's three other children, Princess Anne the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew Duke of York, and Prince Edward ... USA TODAYQueen Elizabeth II sits alone at Prince Philip's funeral, family says farewell at St. George's Chapel

How long is Prince Philip's funeral?

The funeral service lasted less than an hour. A choir of four sang music chosen by Prince Philip, but were some distance from the seated guests, in line with public health guidelines. The New York TimesHighlights From Prince Philip’s Funeral

Who is Prince Charles?

The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles Prince Philip, the longest-serving British consort and husband to Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 99 on April 9. Prince Charles, the oldest child of the Queen and Prince Philip, led members of the royal family as the coffin left Windsor Castle and arrived at St. George's Chapel. INSIDERThese are the 9 royals who walked behind Prince Philip's coffin in his funeral procession

Why isn't Meghan Markle at Prince Philip's funeral?

Meghan couldn't attend in person because she wasn't cleared to fly so late into her pregnancy. ... A spokesperson for the Duchess of Sussex told Harper's Bazaar that Meghan watched Philip's funeral from her and Harry's California home. ELLE.comHow Meghan Markle Privately Honored Prince Philip Despite Being Unable to Attend Funeral

The funeral for the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen's husband of 73 years, was held Saturday at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

By Ellie Hall and Ayanna Miller

Last updated on April 17, 2021, at 8:57 p.m. ET

Posted on April 17, 2021, at 7:35 p.m. ET

His hat, gloves, and whip were placed in the spot where the driver traditionally sits.

The group appeared to include a variety of different men and women who worked in service to the duke.

The future king was not the only member of the family who was visibly emotional during the procession and service. Charles's sister-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex, removed her mask at one point during the ceremony to blow her nose and wipe her eyes.

He first began working for Philip in 2010.

In a statement on Apr. 9, the College of Arms said that all flags must be flown at half-mast until 8 a.m. on the day after the funeral, with one exception: "When the Queen is present within a building or its precincts...the Royal Standard will be flown at full mast." You might remember that this particular issue about the Queen being in residence and flags not being at half-mast after the death of Princess Diana in 1997.

The funeral service's opening hymn, "Eternal Father, Strong to Save," is traditionally associated with the Royal Navy. At the service's conclusion, Royal Marines buglers played "The Last Post," a song which signals "that a soldier has gone to his final resting place," the Palace said in a statement.

The buglers followed that with "Action Stations," a traditional Royal Navy bugle call. "This is traditionally an announcement that would be made on a naval warship to signify that all hands should go to battle stations, and was requested by His Royal Highness," the Palace said.

The first prelude, "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele" ("Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness") appeared to be a nod to his German heritage. Another song that was performed, "Jubilate in C," by Benjamin Britten, was specially commissioned by Philip to be performed in St. George's Chapel. The version of Psalm 104 that was sung by the small choir was also written at Philip's request by composer William Lovelady.

First, the funeral itself was held in St. George's Chapel. But there was also a reference to the patron saint of England in the service.

Philip was a member of the United Kingdom's highest chivalric order, the Order of the Garter, which features St. George's cross on its coat of arms. In the service, the Dean of Windsor, the register of the order, asked for a blessing from God, "who didst give to thy servant St. George grace to lay aside the fear of man, and to be faithful even unto death."

The references to the saint are particularly appropriate, as legend says that he was a Roman soldier, and Philip, a military man, was born as a member of the Greek royal family.

"Eternal Father, Strong To Save," asks God to "Hear us when we cry to thee / For those in peril on the sea."

The first reading, or lesson, from the book of Ecclesiasticus was about the belief in God's power in creating the world, particularly the seas: "By the power of his thought [God] tamed the deep and planted it with islands. Those who sail the sea tell stories of its dangers, which astonish all who hear them; in it are strange and wonderful creatures, all kinds of living things and huge sea monsters."

Psalm 104 praises God for giving riches "to the sea so great and wide" and describes the ocean as the earth's "robe."

And one of the final prayers asked God to "Grant unto [Philip] the assurance of thine ancient promise that thou wilt ever be with those who go down to the sea in ships and occupy their business in great waters."

Speculation was rampant that there would be a noticeable chill between Harry and the other members of his family, especially after the visible coolness at the Sussexes’ last official event. This is the first time Harry was seen with the royals after his and Meghan Markle's blockbuster interview with Oprah Winfrey in which they alleged a member of the royal family — but later specified that it was not the Queen or Philip — raised questions about what color their son Archie’s skin would be.

But unscripted moments after the funeral ceremonies show an easy interaction between him and brother and sister-in-law Prince William and Kate Middleton (aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).

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