With Prince Philip's death, the role of a modern monarchy comes into focus

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To some, Prince Philip was a man of royalty. For others, he was simply one cool great-grandfather.

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As funeral preparations continue for the Duke of Edinburgh, many members of the royal family are looking back on his life through the magic of photos.

On Wednesday, April 14, Prince William and Kate Middleton's Instagram account shared a throwback photo from Balmoral Castle in 2015 where Prince Philip and his wife Queen Elizabeth II posed with Prince George and Princess Charlotte when she was just a baby.

"Today we share, along with Members of @theroyalfamily, photographs of The Duke of Edinburgh," the account stated. "Remembering him as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather."

If that wasn't sweet enough, a photo from 2018 resurfaced that showed just how much love was in the family. As the caption stated, "The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh surrounded by seven of their great-grandchildren at Balmoral Castle in 2018."

As for Clarence House, they chose to post photos honoring Prince Philip's connection with Prince Charles. As the account stated, "Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh as a much-loved Father and Father-in-Law. Members of The Royal Family are today sharing their memories of The Duke."

As family and friends continue to mourn his death, a small, intimate funeral is being planned for Saturday, April 17. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, arrangements have been revised allowing only 30 people to participate in the event.

Prince Harry has already arrived in London for the weekend events as his pregnant wife Meghan Markle stays home in California.

"The Duke of Sussex is planning to attend," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson shared. "The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel. So the duke will be attending."

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IN PHOTOS: Members of the Royal Family share photos with late Prince Philip as they look back on his life

GMA News 15 April, 2021 - 12:34pm

Members of the Royal Family have been sharing old photos with the late Prince Philip as they look fondly back on his family and their personal relationship with him. 

The Royal Family Instagram account gathered some sweet photos from across official Royal Instagram accounts like Kensington Royal (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), Clarence House (The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall), as well as Princess Eugenie, who all paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh following his demise last Friday, April April 9.  

One of the sweeter photos showed The Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen sitting  beside each other surrounded by seven great- grandchildren. It was taken in 2018 by Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. 

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth and a leading figure in the British Royal Family for almost seven decades, died at the age of 99

The Duke of Edinburgh has been by Queen Elizabeth's side throughout her 69-year-reign which is the longest in British history.

He will be laid to rest on Saturday, April 17, in a pared-back funeral ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News  

Meghan 'asks Harry when to curtsy for Queen' in clip unearthed after Oprah chat

Daily Star 15 April, 2021 - 08:57am

Meghan Markle was caught on camera appearing to ask husband Prince Harry when to curtsy to the Queen in a touching video that has been unearthed in the wake of their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

Harry arrived in the UK on Sunday (April 11) to attend his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17. Being heavily pregnant, Meghan remained at their home in California on her doctor’s orders.

His arrival follows the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah, in which a number of allegations were made about their time as senior royals.

Among them, Meghan claimed she was given “no guidance” in learning the infamously-strict royal etiquette.

“There's no class on how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal,” she claimed. “That might exist for other members of the family. That was not something that was offered to me.”

She also said Sarah Ferguson had to teach her how to curtsy just moments before she met the Queen for the first time.

“I learned it very quickly,” Meghan added. “Right in front of the house, we just practiced and then walked in.”

Daily Star has uncovered footage from 2018 seemingly showing the duchess was still learning the tricks of the trade a month after she married into the Royal Family.

The clip shows the couple standing next to each other and the rest of the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony as the Queen passed below during the annual Trooping the Colour event.

Eagle-eyed royal fans noticed Meghan appearing to ask Harry: “Do it?”

When he replied “yes”, she quickly curtsied – just a few moments after Kate Middleton.

At the time, royal fans swooned over the cute interaction between the newly-married couple.

“This is like the sweetest thing ever, a husband and wife moment,” one wrote.

“We can probably expect this a lot because it's all new to the duchess.”

Another added: “I suspect she knows she has to get used to it but give her time. She's trying and she's only been at it a few months.”

It is not the only clip that has resurfaced of Meghan appearing to be taught royal protocol following the Oprah interview.

At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2019, Harry appeared to tell his wife to “turn around” just as the national anthem started to play.

Prince Philip funeral: Duchess of York won't be going to the service

Daily Mail 15 April, 2021 - 08:22am

By Jack Wright For Mailonline

The Duchess of York will not be going to Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday despite giving the Queen support by accompanying her on daily walks at Windsor while she mourns the loss of her husband.

Sarah Ferguson, more commonly known as Fergie, and her ex-husband Prince Andrew have both been by the 94-year-old monarch's side since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh last Friday.

Royal sources confirmed that they have been making the short drive from Royal Lodge to Windsor Castle, sometimes twice a day, to walk with Her Majesty and her new corgis.

However, the duchess has not been invited to Philip's funeral at St George's Chapel in Windsor. Though Fergie was not expecting to be among the 30 mourners attending the scaled-down service, she famously fell out with the Duke of Edinburgh after she was photographed having her toes sucked by her financial adviser in the south of France five months after splitting from Andrew.  

Philip, who died just two months shy of his 100th birthday, had described the duchess as 'odd' and 'pointless', and would even ask for her to leave Balmoral, the royal estate in Scotland, during holidays before he arrived.

Despite splitting from Andrew in 1992 and then divorcing him in 1996, Fergie - the mother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie - has been living with the Duke of York for the past 13 years.

Royal watchers now believe that the Queen, who has a soft spot for her former daughter-in-law, could be more receptive to the idea of her and Andrew returning to a more prominent role within the Firm. 

An insider told the Sun: 'They have been going on short walks around the gardens with the Queen and her corgis. Sarah's very much in the fold now that the Duke of Edinburgh has gone. The Queen has always had a soft spot for Sarah and regards her as an excellent mother.'

However, Andrew has been reportedly warned to forget plans to use his recent public appearances as a springboard back into royal duty after stepping down from duties following his 'car crash' Newsnight interview over his friendship interview with convicted paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein. 

The Duke of York has allegedly told friends he is sure he will be cleared of all sex scandal claims, and sees his return to the limelight as a way to prove to his family he can come back to the frontline. 

It has also emerged that all senior members of the royal family will now wear mourning dress at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday, in an extraordinary about-turn that spares Prince Harry's and Andrew's blushes.  

The Duke and Duchess of York leave the Windsor Castle estate

Sarah, Duchess of York, with the Queen at the Windsor Horse Show in 1988

The Queen with Prince Andrew and Sarah Duchess of York at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The duchess has not been invited to Philip's funeral at St George's Chapel in Windsor 

Prince Andrew leaving Windsor Castle yesterday, hours before it was reported that the Queen is being forced to decide which rank of military uniform the Duke of York can wear to his father's funeral after he demanded to go as an Admiral

Harry, 36, is understood to have wanted to wear the Blues and Royals dress uniform he wore on his wedding day in May 2018

 The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal would have been, by convention for a royal ceremonial funeral, in full military uniform

The Queen joined by members of the Royal Family after Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in June 2019, including the Prince William and Kate with their children, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Camilla, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Peter and Autumn Phillips and their children Savannah and Isla

Royal Family members with a military rank have worn uniforms at state occasions since the 19th century.

At the Queen Mother's funeral in 2002, the last funeral of a royal consort, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne all wore uniforms.

Prince Edward, who quit the Royal Marines after four months' service, wore a black morning coat, as did his nephews William and Harry, who had yet to serve in the Armed Forces. Anne had not served in the military but held the honorary rank of Rear Admiral.

By contrast, at the funeral of Princess Diana royals wore dark suits and not military dress. The funeral was considered a ceremonial event rather than a full state occasion.

In 1952, at the funeral of the Queen's father King George VI, his brothers the Duke of Windsor and the Duke of Gloucester wore military dress alongside Prince Philip. The Queen and Queen Mother wore mourning clothes, including heavy black veils.

The three dukes also wore military dress for Queen Mary's funeral in 1953.

Illustrations from Queen Victoria's 1901 funeral show her sons Edward VII and the Duke of Connaught in military dress on horseback in her funeral procession.

A last minute decision approved by the Queen has been made that no royals will wear military uniform in order to present a united family front, media including the Mail are reporting.

Behind the scenes, courtiers have been racked by concern that Harry, who was forced to give up his honorary military titles after he acrimoniously quit royal duties and moved to the US with Meghan Markle, would be the only senior royal not in uniform.

The Duke of Sussex is understood to have wanted to wear the Blues and Royals dress uniform he wore on his wedding day in May 2018. As a former captain with the Household Cavalry, however, he is entitled only to wear a suit, with any medals he has been awarded in the course of his duties or by the Queen.

By contrast the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal would have been, by convention for a royal ceremonial funeral, in full military uniform.

The issue was compounded when Andrew demanded to wear the uniform of admiral, a position he had offered to defer taking up after stepping back from public duties in the wake of the Epstein scandal.

Crucially Andrew has not been stripped of his honorary military titles and remains a vice-admiral in the Royal Navy. 

It led to concerns within the Royal Household that if Andrew were denied his request to go in uniform, he and Harry would be the only ones in civilian dress who had seen active service in the military.  A source said: 'There was the risk of real embarrassment.'

The Queen has decided that, to retain family unity and spare Harry any public humiliation, everyone will dress the same - morning coats and black ties for the men, simple black outfits for the women.

It is believed to be only the second time in more than a century that members of the Royal Family have not worn uniform to the funeral of a monarch or their spouse.

It will, however, be seen as a significant public olive branch to Harry in the wake of his and Meghan's devastating interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, in which they criticised members of his immediate family and accused the institution of racism.

Buckingham Palace last night declined to comment, but the Mail understands the decision will be officially announced today.

It is believed that there is a genuine desire to try to start to repair stricken family relationships, particularly the rift between Harry and his older brother William, and the funeral of their beloved grandfather may be a good place to start.

Discussions on the issue went to the wire, with senior aides including the Master of the Household, Vice-Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, trying to negotiate a solution. The final decision rested with the widowed Queen.

A source close to Andrew said yesterday that he would 'do what is appropriate' and had no intention to distract from his father's funeral. He served 21 years in the Navy and is promoted in line with his peers who are still serving.

He became a rear admiral on his 50th birthday, a vice-admiral on his 55th and had been due to become an admiral on his 60th last year. But he requested to forgo the promotion until he is able to clear his name and fully resume royal duties.

The Daily Mail understands that, in an unprecedented about-turn, a last minute decision, approved by the Queen (pictured), has been made that no royals will wear military uniform in order to present a united family front

Sophie, Countess of Wessex stands with Prince Edward and Prince Andrew as the brothers wear ceremonial dress at a service of commemoration to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, at St Paul's Cathedral in London in March 2015

Prince Charles and Prince William wear ceremonial uniform next to the Queen on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in 2015

Prince Andrew in ceremonial dress at a service to mark the centenary of the RAF in London on July 10, 2018 (left); and Prince Harry in a normal suit at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 (right)

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However it is understood that he still asked to go to his father's funeral as an admiral. Saturday's event is known as a royal ceremonial funeral - based on one held 19 years ago for the Queen Mother, wife of George VI - at Philip's specific request.

It is not as large or as grand as a state funeral, but many of the ceremonial elements are the same. All senior royals entitled to wear uniform, including the Duke of Edinburgh, did so in April 2002.

This was in contrast to the private funeral of the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, weeks earlier, where mourning dress was worn, as well as five years earlier at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, by then a former royal.

Initially the plan was for senior royals to wear military uniform on Saturday in line with convention. But it quickly became clear this was a thorny issue given how vocal Harry, currently quarantining at Frogmore Cottage at Windsor after flying back from the US, has been over the loss of his military titles.

Sources close to Harry have revealed the depth of his anger, particularly given he had served 10 years in the military with two frontline tours of Afghanistan.

Last month he told Miss Winfrey that losing his official positions 'hurt' but added that he ultimately respected his grandmother's decision.

However, he pointedly attended - with Meghan - a military cemetery in Los Angeles wearing his lounge suit and medals, after the Queen denied his request to have a wreath laid at the Cenotaph on his behalf on Remembrance Sunday as he is no longer a working royal.  

Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence in military dress at a Jutland commemoration in South Queensferry on May 28, 2016

Soldier from the Royal Regiment of Scotland 4 Scots (the Highlanders) rehearsing for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, today

Soldiers from the Welsh Guards rehearsing for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, today

On Saturday, when the nation comes to a halt for the funeral of one of its last bona fide Second World War heroes, not one of Prince Philip's family will be clad in military uniform.

Instead his sons, daughter, grandsons and cousins – who by virtue of appointment or distinguished service have a right to regimental or naval dress – will be in mourning clothes: Tailcoats for the men and dresses of black crepe for the women.

Not a flash of ceremonial gold stripe nor a navy blue sash will be on view, no decorated peak caps to be raised and lowered as protocol demands and no snappy salutes given.

So how on earth has it come to this?

A delicate compromise was how it was being seen in Palace circles last night, an attempt to head off the possibility of yet another internal family row.

But to many it will look less like a concession and more like a capitulation. In an instant, centuries of tradition have been overturned.

The reason? A question of uniforms for two royal dukes.

The two dukes, of course, are Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, both semi-detached from royal life yet both with a compelling hold on a military heritage.

On Saturday, when the nation comes to a halt for the funeral of one of its last bona fide Second World War heroes, not one of Prince Philip's family will be clad in military uniform

The two dukes, Prince Andrew (left) and Prince Harry (right), are both semi-detached from royal life yet both have a compelling hold on a military heritage

As the Daily Mail reported yesterday, Andrew – who has stood down from official duties over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – had made clear that he wished to wear the uniform of an admiral, the rank he was awarded by the Queen on his 60th birthday and which at the time he offered to defer.

But while this has provoked unease in and around the office of the Lord Chamberlain, which is overseeing the formality of the funeral, the major focus is on the position of the Duke of Sussex. 

Harry's decision to give up royal life and move to California with his wife Meghan and their son Archie meant he had to surrender his treasured honorary military titles.

This has thus opened up the very real possibility that Philip's grandson would have been the only senior male royal not in uniform at the funeral of the warrior prince.

It is hard to escape the irony of this. Of all those in Philip's immediate family, only two had – like him – seen active service, his son Andrew and his grandson Harry. 

In the Falklands conflict of 1982 Andrew was a daring helicopter pilot flying dangerous decoy missions to lure deadly Argentine Excocet missiles away from British warships. No one questioned his courage then and he left the Royal Navy after 22 years of impeccable service.

Philip's sons, daughter, grandsons and cousins will be in mourning clothes: Tailcoats for the men and dresses of black crepe for the women

Harry displayed bravery on not one but two tours of Afghanistan, once as an infantry troop leader on the ground and second time round flying sorties at the controls of an Apache helicopter. He, too, was selfless in his service.

Harry and Andrew – both second sons, remember, who spent much of their lives as heirs to their elder brothers – have been troubled by what they see as their exclusion from military matters. How this has hurt; both hardened by combat but crushed by disappointment. 

Andrew has long kept up links with other veterans and survivors of the South Atlantic conflict, while Harry turned his support for wounded servicemen into the Invictus Games.

No wonder this has provoked a crisis at the Palace. Imagine the scene as the royals follow the family patriarch's coffin down the hill from Windsor Castle to its place of rest at St George's Chapel on Saturday afternoon.

There is Harry, and possibly Andrew, in civilian clothes alongside Prince Edward, who abandoned the Royal Marines just weeks into its gruelling commando course, but who holds a handful of honorary military titles permitting him to don uniform, and Princess Anne, who also has a fistful of Army and Navy appointments but no service experience.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry watch the fly-past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour, Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Parade on June 14, 2014 in London

It is difficult to imagine Philip, who said he never left the Navy but was merely on permanent leave, doing anything but harrumphing at this extraordinary state of affairs.

Here was a man, the youngest officer promoted to first lieutenant during the war, mentioned in despatches during the Battle of Cape Matapan and a witness to the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay, now being denied the kind of send-off, with its blaze of ceremonial colour, he had so often presided over.

When the Queen Mother was laid to rest in 2002, it was Philip leading the funeral procession in his ceremonial Royal Navy uniform. And it was the same in 1979, at the obsequies for Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the uncle he lost at the hands of the murderous IRA. 

He was in military uniform, too, for the funeral of Britain's wartime prime minister Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.

And he surely would have expected nothing less at his own farewell: That those entitled to wear uniform should do so. He might have helpfully argued that if Harry and Andrew could not wear the dress of the senior and honorary positions they held, why not the uniform of the ranks they left the service with?

In Andrew's case in 2001 it was as a commander. Harry reached the rank of captain, which was automatically promoted to major on his retirement.

But Philip, too, was the great pragmatist of the Royal Family. Might he not also have thought how much better if his funeral were a vessel for agreement rather than one of dissent?

Prince William and Prince Harry will not meet in person until their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday with Kate Middleton helping them put on a 'unified' front for the Queen, it was revealed today.

The brothers are believed to have already spoken on the phone since Harry landed at Heathrow ahead of seeing each other face-to-face for the first time in a year at Windsor Castle this weekend.

The Duchess of Cambridge is said to be willing to act as 'peacemaker' between the brothers, who have vowed to set aside their rift and try to reset their strained relationship to honour the memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Harry described Kate as the 'big sister I never had' when she became engaged to William 11 years ago - but the siblings' relationship became fractured following his decision to emigrate to the US and be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey with his wife Meghan Markle. 

The Sussexes accused the Royal Family of racism, with Harry claiming William is 'trapped' and saying Prince Charles cut him off financially. Kate was also accused by Meghan of making her cry in a row over bridesmaids dresses in the bombshell TV interview last month, but Kate is said to be pushing for the brothers to make up.

Saturday's funeral will certainly remind the brothers of their shared grief at another royal funeral more than two decades ago - when, as young boys, both walked behind their mother Princess Diana's coffin in 1997. 

Harry is now in quarantine, but can attend the funeral in line with government rules that make exceptions for such occasions. Meghan, who is pregnant with their second child, was advised by her doctor not to make the long trip. 

A royal source told the Daily Telegraph: 'They know it is not about them on Saturday – it is about honouring their grandfather's memory and supporting their grandmother. I would be extremely surprised if that wasn't front and centre of both their minds. They will be keen to spend time together as a family, in the same time zone for once.' Another insider said: 'The entire focus is on the Queen. No exceptions. A family unified.' 

The brothers will meet face-to-face for the first time in more than a year on Saturday. The brothers also plan to unveil a sculpture in memory of Diana in the gardens at Kensington Palace, together this summer.  

In two statements with very different tones released 30 minutes apart on Monday, Prince William praised his grandfather's lifetime of service to 'Queen, country and Commonwealth' before Harry declared: 'He was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end'.

William's words focused on duty, continuing Philip's work and the need to support the Queen, with some royal watchers pondering if this was, in part, a criticism of his brother who quit as a frontline royal and emigrated to the United States with his wife.

Prince William and Prince Harry are expected to see eachother for the first time in a year just hours before Saturday's funeral - with the Duchess of Cambridge helping them be 'united' (pictured together in 2016)

Harry and William have fallen out in the past year but have spoken this week and plan to spend time together this weekend to repair their relationship, with Kate Middleton said to be acting as peacemaker ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip (pictured together at the Trooping The Colour parade in 2014

It came as the Queen stoically returned to royal duties yesterday, four days after the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, and within the official period of eight days of mourning. 

The monarch, 94, hosted a retirement ceremony for the former Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel on Tuesday. 

It comes after her husband of 73-years, Prince Philip, passed away aged 99 on Friday at Windsor Castle.

As touching tributes flooded in from across the nation for the duke, including flowers left at residences such as Windsor and Buckingham Palace, the family announced a two-week period of royal mourning.

But, in a move that typifies the Queen's deep sense of duty, she returned early to bid farewell to Earl Peel - a key royal aide who is retiring after 14 years of service.

Earl Peel was the Lord Chamberlain, which is the most senior officer role in the royal household. He had been overseeing arrangements for the duke's funeral - known as Operation Forth Bridge.

The Queen (pictured left in March) stoically returned to royal duties yesterday, four days after the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh. The Monarch hosted a retirement ceremony for former Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel (pictured with the Queen in 2013) on Tuesday

It comes after her husband Prince Philip (pictured with the Queen in June last year) passed away, aged 99, on Friday, at Windsor Castle

As touching tributes flooded in from across the nation for the Duke, including flowers left at residences such as Windsor and Buckingham Palace (pictured), the family announced a two-week period of royal mourning

While floral tributes stacked-up at the gates of Buckingham Palace, Britons also attended the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh 

William Peel, 3rd Earl Peel, is a great-great-grandson of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, one of the founders of the modern Conservative party. 

The businessman served as a hereditary Tory peer from 1973 to 2006 when, on appointment to Lord Chamberlain, he became a crossbench member of the Lords. 

He attended Ampleforth College in Yorkshire before the University of Tours in France and the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. 

He was a member of the Prince's Council, which advises the Duchy of Cornwall, from 1993 to 2006.  

Lord Peel was also a member of the Nature Conservancy Council, a since dissolved Government conservation agency, from 1991 to 1996. 

He married Veronica Thompson in 1973 and they had two children together before they divorced in 1987.

Two years later, Lord Peel married Charlotte Soames, daughter of Lord Soames and his wife, Mary Churchill, daughter of Sir Winston Churchill.

They have one child, Lady Antonia Peel, born in 1991. 

Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, recently said his mother is bearing up stoically and the family have been rallying round to support her.

And Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has pledged to uphold his grandfather's wishes and continue to support the Queen and 'get on with the job'.

It was announced at the weekend the monarchy and their households would observe two weeks of royal mourning, with members of the family 'continuing to undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances,' a royal official said.

The Princess Royal, Prince Anne, took part in her first official event since the death of her father.

She joined, via video-link, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine's Spring Conference in her role as the organisation's patron.

The Earl Peel, who has now left his role as the royal family's top aide, had overseen arrangements for the duke's funeral before handing responsibility to his successor, former MI5 spy chief Baron Parker, just over a week before Philip died peacefully at Windsor Castle.

The Lord Chamberlain's Office, led by the Queen's Comptroller Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon, is tasked with the practical side of the day.

But in overall charge is Andrew Parker, Baron Parker of Minsmere, who took up his new role on April 1, following the Earl Peel's retirement after more than 14 years in the post.

The Lord Chamberlain oversees all senior appointments in the household and is the channel of communication between the sovereign and the House of Lords.

The position also ensures co-ordination between Buckingham Palace and Clarence House.

During a ceremony held at Windsor Castle, the Queen accepted her former royal aide's wand and insignia of office.

The official engagement was recorded in the Court Circular - a daily list of the events attended by the Queen and her family.

The Lord Chamberlain's Office, led by the Queen's Comptroller Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon, is tasked with the practical side of the day. But in overall charge is Andrew Parker (pictured), Baron Parker of Minsmere, who took up his new role on April 1, following the Earl Peel's (pictured left) retirement after more than 14 years in the post

It said: 'The Earl Peel had an audience of The Queen today, delivered up his Wand and Insignia of Office as Lord Chamberlain and the Badge of Chancellor of the Royal Victorian Order and took leave upon relinquishing his appointment as Lord Chamberlain, when Her Majesty invested him with the Royal Victorian Chain.' 

The Queen recently conferred a prestigious honour on the Earl Peel, making him a Permanent Lord in Waiting.

The Armed Forces are stepping up preparations for the duke's funeral which will feature servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF - alongside top military brass.

The Queen reportedly told pregnant Meghan Markle she 'understands' why the duchess has not flown from the US with Prince Harry to Britain to attend Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday.

Meghan, who lives in an £11million mansion in California, allegedly 'wanted' to attend the service for the Duke of Edinburgh but had been advised against making the 10-hour flight by her physician.

Her husband Harry is staying at Frogmore Cottage, the couple's former home in the grounds of Windsor Castle, to quarantine for five days before attending the funeral at St George's Chapel. 

Amid claims in the US that the duchess skipped it to avoid being 'centre of attention', a source in California has insisted that the 94-year-old monarch told Meghan she 'understands' why she did not come.

Revealing she and Harry were 'in contact with the Queen' after Philip's death on Friday, the source also told People magazine that it was 'always a given that Harry would return to England for his grandfather's passing' and that Meghan had 'expressed condolences' when speaking with the grieving monarch. 

Harry landed at London Heathrow Airport via a BA flight from LA at the weekend, making this journey his first back to Britain since his and Meghan's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan, who accused the royal family of racism in the explosive TV interview, is pregnant with Harry's second child - a daughter. She is remaining in the US with their one-year-old son Archie.

Soldiers from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are reportedly working to prepare the special Land Rover - that the duke helped design - which will carry his coffin on Saturday.

Lieutenant General Paul Jaques, who served with REME, said about the duke, his unit's former colonel-in-chief: 'He was engaged with us and used to visit us probably once or twice every single year since 1969.

'And he had an enormous passion for all things engineering. In his own words 'If it wasn't invented by God, it was invented by an engineer'.

It comes amid reports that the Queen may have to sit apart from family members at her husband's funeral - due to strict Covid rules.

Current guidelines mean anyone attending a funeral must stay at least two metres apart from those outside their household, except when in a support bubble.

However the Queen is not eligible to be in a support bubble, because she technically does not live on her own - and is supported by a team of royal aides dubbed 'HMS Bubble'.

As other members of the Royal Family are living in other royal residences, it means the Queen will likely have to sit at least two metres away from relatives at the funeral, according to the Telegraph

Royal sources confirmed to the paper that the Queen would be alone at the funeral service, unless a member of the Windsor bubble joins her. 

Meanwhile, the Queen will likely have to wear a mask at the funeral, while royals could be banned from singing hymns due to Covid restrictions, reports the Sun

Updated national guidance, issued by the Government, said communal singing should not go ahead at funerals to prevent the spread of Covid.

Choirs are still allowed, but members must be kept to as few as possible and should remain socially distanced. 

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said tonight: 'We have made it very clear that the service will be Covid compliant.' 

More details of the funeral, set to take place at George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, are to be announced on Thursday. 

Meanwhile, reports in the Daily Express today suggest that the Queen will spend more time at Windsor following the death of Prince Philip.

The Queen has reportedly told royal sources that she now feels 'most comfortable' living within the walls of the Berkshire fortress - known to be her favourite royal residence. 

Even prior to Prince Philip's death the Queen had been spending more and more time at Windsor - and has been sheltering there for much of the pandemic.

It is believed Buckingham Palace will be used in more of an office role going forward, the Express adds.

Ahead of Saturday's funeral, Prince Harry flew into London's Heathrow Airport without his heavily-pregnant wife Meghan Markle ahead of Prince Philip's funeral on his first visit to Britain since quitting royal duties and the couple's bombshell Oprah interview. 

Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London. Harry is back in London ahead of his grandfather's funeral this Saturday

The Queen will not delay returning to work after her husband's funeral and plans to attend the state opening of Parliament next month, MailOnline can reveal today.

Her Majesty will attend the ceremonial event in the House of Lords without her husband Prince Philip and will be supported by her son Prince Charles at Westminster on May 11 instead.

She has entered an eight-day period of mourning following the death of her husband at the age of 99 - and thereafter a further official period of 30 days for the Royal Family, after which the Queen will make a full return to public life and duties.

The monarch has overseen every one of the constitutional set pieces since taking the throne in 1952, apart from in 1959 and 1963 when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively.

While the Duke of Edinburgh only missed the event once, 12 months before he retired in 2018, when he was hospitalised.

Today a well-placed Westminster source has said the Queen is still planning to conduct the state opening of Parliament on May 11. There had been speculation that she might not attend in person amid the pandemic and after the loss of Prince Philip. But one source said: 'She is still coming, with Charles.'

It came as the Royal Family released more tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh, from officers at Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, where the Queen's husband was awarded the King's Dirk for the best all-round cadet of the term, as well as a prize for the best cadet in college.

The Duke of Sussex was reportedly seen leaving his £11million California mansion on Saturday night in a black Cadillac Escalade to board an early-hours flight from LA, and disembarking a BA plane in chinos, a jacket and black face mask at the west London airport around 10 hours later at 1.15pm GMT on Sunday. 

Harry was met by security off the plane and put into a black Range Rover, before he was reportedly driven to Kensington Palace.

The Sun has claimed he is quarantining at the Christopher Wren-designed Nottingham Cottage, where Harry proposed to Meghan Markle in 2017. It is just a few yards from the apartment where his brother William lives with his family.

The Sunday Times has claimed that he will stay at Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle, so he can be close to his grandmother.

After Megxit, Frogmore was handed to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, who had their first child in February, but they are understood to split their time between the cottage and Kensington Palace.

Harry can leave quarantine after five days rather than 10 if he provides a negative test under the Government's Test to Release scheme.

However, he will be allowed to attend Philip's funeral regardless, as official guidelines state those coming in from abroad can leave isolation 'on compassionate grounds'.

It comes as family members paid touching tributes to the duke. 

The Royal Family's Twitter page shared a picture with the Queen and Prince Philip along with a moving quote from the monarch about her husband from a speech she made celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in 1997.

In the speech, looking back at their then 50 year marriage, she said: 'He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.'

Grandchildren, Prince Harry and Prince William also paid tribute in statements released thirty minutes apart. 

Prince William praised his grandfather's lifetime of service to 'Queen, country and Commonwealth' before Harry declared: 'He was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end'. 

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Prince Philip and All His Great-Grandchildren Pictures in New Family Photo

W Magazine 15 April, 2021 - 08:22am

On Instagram, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted a photo from 2015. The caption indicates that it was taken at the family’s Balmoral Castle in Scotland, the Queen’s favorite vacation home. Prince George would have been four years old, while Princess Charlotte was still an infant and wearing the tiniest knitted booties.

In another photo, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are seated on a couch, surrounded by the family’s youngest members. They are monarchs, sure, but in this image, they look like any pair of doting great-grandparents. The queen is holding Prince Louis, while Prince George and Princess Charlotte sit between her. Behind Charlotte, in the pink top, is Savannah Phillips, the daughter of Peter Phillips and Anne Kelly; Peter is Princess Anne’s son and the queen’s grandson. Isla Phillips is wearing the pink dress at the end of the couch. Seated next to the Duke of Edinburgh are Mia Tindall and Lena Tindall; they are the daughters of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, also the grandchildren of Princess Anne.

The photo was taken in 2018 by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Since then, the queen has three new great-grandchildren. Archie, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, was born in May 2019, and the couple is currently expecting a baby girl. Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child, August, in February 2021. The Phillips announced that their third child, Lucas, was born in March 2021, making him the current youngest royal great-grandchild.

Prince Charles posts moving photo tribute to 'dear Papa' Prince Philip

Page Six 15 April, 2021 - 08:22am

April 14, 2021 | 3:12pm

Prince Charles has posted a montage of photos from throughout Prince Philip’s almost 100-year lifetime in a moving tribute to his “dear Papa.”

Charles, the UK’s 72-year-old heir to the throne, used his official Clarence House social media pages to share the tribute on Tuesday.

“My dear Papa was a very special person,” he wrote in an Instagram caption, quoting his own speech from Saturday praising his late father’s “most remarkable, devoted service.”

To stirring piano music, Charles’ montage started with his father and mother, Queen Elizabeth II, with him and his sister, Princess Anne, when they were both young children.

Many more of the other 37 snaps used for the video show Philip enjoying tender moments with his family — often making the Queen and his children laugh with what grandson Prince William called his “mischievous sense of humor.”

Others showed Philip in more formal settings, with Clarence House noting how the late Duke of Edinburgh “was associated with 992 organizations, either as President, Patron, Honorary Member or in another capacity” throughout his life.

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“This week, @TheRoyalFamily is taking a look back at these causes The Duke was passionate about,” the caption read.

Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, died at home at Windsor Castle on Friday, just two months shy of his 100th birthday. His funeral is Saturday.

Lady Louise Windsor picks up the reins from her late grandfather Prince Philip

Daily Mail 15 April, 2021 - 08:22am

By Georgia Simcox For Mailonline

Lady Louise Windsor has picked up the reins from her late grandfather Prince Philip after his death last Friday.  

Lady Louise, 17, was spotted driving her carriage in the Dressage Arena at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.

The hobby is one which she shared with her grandfather, who was instrumental in helping to establish carriage driving as a sport in Britain.

The teenage royal is the eldest child of Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Lady Louise, 17, was spotted driving her carriage in the Dressage Arena at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, five days after her grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh's passing 

Lady Louise wore dark clothing and was joined by an aide, as she donned a blue face covering and a protective helmet.  

Her Majesty announced Prince Philip's death at midday on Friday as the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace and on public buildings across the UK and Commonwealth.

The Royal Family said in a statement: 'It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

'His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss'.

Proud mother Sophie Wessex, 56, looked somber and reflective as she left Windsor castle this morning  

Just like her grandfather and mother, Lady Louise, pictured, is an avid carriage and horse rider who has been training regularly throughout the years 

A trainer directed Lady Louise, pictured, during her outing, but the teenager is already a skilled carriage driver

While Lady Louise was spotted riding her carriage, her mother Sophie Wessex was also seen leaving Windsor Castle this morning 

Lady Louise, along with her mother the Countess of Wessex, is an avid carriage driver and competed in the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society in Berkshire in May last year.  

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was also seen leaving Windsor Castle in her blue Land Rover discovery. 

The countess wore her locks in a low bun and wore black glasses as she was pictured driving. 

It comes as royal sources said she has been a 'tremendous source of comfort' to the Queen after her husband's death. 

The teenager applied herself to her training today in Windsor, pictured. She competed in the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society in Berkshire in May last year

They told the Mirror: 'The Countess has been a tremendous source of comfort to the Queen.

'The Queen is very practical in making sure everyone is okay and despite her tremendous grief at the passing she is no different.  

'Sophie cherishes her relationship with the Queen and not only appreciates her guidance and wisdom throughout her own life, she is very protective of her.

The Queen has shared a close relationship with her daughter-in-law for many years.

Taking advantage of the sunny morning, Louise was seen training. Her mother Sophie has been a comfort to the Queen after Prince Philip's passing on Friday

Last week, Sophie led royal tributes to Prince Philip as she movingly described his death on Friday as 'so gentle' and said how his passing was 'just like someone took him by the hand and off he went'.

Sophie was speaking to mourners outside the chapel at a Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor.  

She said: 'You know it's going to happen but when it happens it's just this massive, massive hole. It was so gentle, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went. 

'Very, very peaceful and that's all you want with somebody isn't it? I think it's so much easier for the person that goes than the people left behind, we're all sitting here looking at each other going 'This is awful'.'

Wearing her hair in a ponytail, Sophiw looked pensive this morning. On Sunday, she spoke to mourners outside the chapel at a Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor

The Queen was married to the World War II hero for 73 years, before he died just two months before his 100th birthday. 

Prince Philip's ceremonial royal funeral will take place on April 17 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, and a national minute's silence will be observed as it begins at 3pm. 

The duke will be carried on a specially-modified Land Rover he helped design which Army engineers reportedly prepared after he was admitted to hospital in February with an infection and pre-existing heart condition. 

Just 30 people, expected to be the duke's children, grandchildren and other close family, will attend his funeral while wearing face masks and socially distancing, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Boris Johnson will not attend the service, while individual royals who are unable to attend will watch it on a live stream instead. 

Sophie, pictured, said her father-in-law's passing was 'gentle' and added: 'it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went'

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Princess Eugenie Promises to "Look After" Queen Elizabeth II in Touching Message to Prince Philip

E! NEWS 15 April, 2021 - 08:22am

Following Prince Philip's death on April 9 at 99 years old, Princess Eugenie has shared a touching message to Queen Elizabeth II's longtime husband, making a promise to look after the monarch in his absence. 

"Dearest Grandpa," she began in an Instagram post. "We all miss you. You would be so touched by all the tributes that have been shared with me the past few days. People remember sitting next to you at a dinner, or shaking your hand once, who remember you saying hello in passing, or remember how much their DofE award meant to them."

As one of Prince Philip's eight grandchildren, the 31-year-old royal has had the privilege of making memories with the Duke of Edinburgh for three decades. "I remember learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read. I remember laughing at your jokes and asking about your spectacular life and service in the navy," she reminisced. "I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day. I remember your hands and your laugh and your favorite beer."

While Philip is no longer physically with his devoted family, his spirit lives on in the three generations of royals he influenced. As she wrote, "I will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great grandchildren."

"Thank you for your dedication and love for us all," Eugenie concluded, "and especially Granny, who we will look after for you."

As the princess signed off, "With all my love, Eugenie."

Her tribute is one of several her relatives, including from her cousins Prince William and Prince Harry, have shared in the days since the duke's death. Meanwhile, Harry has arrived in the U.K. without his pregnant wife Meghan Markle after traveling from his new home in California to attend Prince Philip's funeral. The service is scheduled to take place on April 17 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Harry wed Meghan in 2018. 

As for the grieving sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II returned to her royal duties at a retirement ceremony for former Lord Chamberlain, Earl William Peel, on April 13.

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Princess Eugenie honours Philip in moving letter as she vows to look after the Queen

Daily Star 15 April, 2021 - 08:22am

Princess Eugenie has become the latest royal to pay tribute to the late Prince Philip in the week before his funeral – as she vowed the royal family will look after the Queen in the wake of his death.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle on Friday, April 9.

"I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day.⁣

The news comes on the same day that reports emerged Eugenie has become the first UK royal to reunite with Prince Harry since his return to the UK on Sunday night.

She is said to be the first member of the Royal Family to see the Duke of Sussex in person in more than a year following Megxit.

He is understood to be quarantining at his old UK residence Frogmore Cottage since returning to the UK for Prince Philip's funeral.

His cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are living at the listed cottage, Page Six claims.

Their report said: "Prince Harry reunited with his cousin Princess Eugenie after flying home to the UK for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral."

Philip's funeral is due to be held on Saturday at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

Princess Eugenie pays tribute to grandfather Prince Philip: 'We all miss you'

Page Six 15 April, 2021 - 08:22am

April 14, 2021 | 9:13am

Princess Eugenie has posted a tribute in honor of her grandfather Prince Philip, who died Friday at the age of 99.

“Dearest Grandpa,⁣ We all miss you,” Eugenie wrote on Instagram Wednesday alongside photos with Philip. “You would be so touched by all the tributes that have been shared with me the past few days.”

She also shared her memories with Philip, including laughing at his jokes, burning sausages and learning about his “spectacular life and service in the navy.”

Eugenie concluded that she “will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great grandchildren,” and promised to “look after” her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

Eugenie, 31, who is the younger of Prince Andrew and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson’s two daughters, revealed in February that she and husband Jack Brooksbank had named their first child after Philip, son August Philip Hawke.

Philip and Ferguson had frosty relations following her separation from Andrew in 1992.

The final straw for Philip came after intimate photos of Ferguson were published in the tabloids that featured her poolside PDA session with American businessman John Bryan.

For Eugenie’s October 2018 wedding to Brooksbank, Philip and Ferguson smiled side-by-side for royal family photos.

Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, died Friday at Windsor Castle. A royal source confirmed to The Post that The Duke of Edinburgh’s final wish was to die in the comforts of his own home.

“We knew that when he was taken home it was to die on his own terms, not in a hospital bed, but in his own bed,” the insider said.

Philip had been hospitalized in February and underwent heart surgery. He was released the following month.

Philip was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 74 years. The couple shared four children together: daughter Princess Anne, 70, sons Andrew, 61, Prince Edward, 57, and Prince Charles, 72, the heir to the throne.

Although Philip retired from public duties in August 2017, he was still present for several royal family functions, including the July 2020 wedding of Eugenie’s sister, 32-year-old Princess Beatrice, to Edoardo Mozzi.

Philip also attended the May 2018 wedding of grandson Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. The Duke of Sussex, 36, who currently resides in California with Markle, 39, returned to the UK for Philip’s funeral.

Prince Philip used to frequently 'flirt' with the Queen

Daily Mail 15 April, 2021 - 06:35am

By Hayley Richardson For Mailonline

Prince Philip knew he wanted to marry the Queen from the age of 18 and used to frequently flirt with her and make her giggle, a royal expert has claimed.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 at Windsor Castle on Friday, met Princess Elizabeth when she was just 13 years old at the wedding of his cousin, Princess Marina of Greece, and wrote to him throughout her teens.

They became secretly engaged in 1946, and her father King George VI gave them permission to wed in April 1947.

Looking back at footage of the couple together on the day they publicly announced their intention to marry on July 9 of that year, royal author Robert Jobson observed how Philip always made his wife laugh.

Prince Philip knew he wanted to marry the Queen from the age of 18 and used to frequently flirt with her and make her giggle, a royal expert has claimed (pictured together in July 1947)

Looking back at footage of the couple together on the day they publicly announced their intention to marry on July 9 of that year, royal author Robert Jobson observed how Philip always made his wife laugh

'All the time he is saying things that are clearly inappropriate and she giggles,' he tells True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat

'She is trying to behave herself and be all formal and then he says something, and her shoulders go up. And she is just laughing. He makes her giggle all the time, he is flirting with her all the time.'

Explaining how Prince Philip had always thought he would marry the future Queen, Jobson told the programme: 'When Philip got onto his first [Royal Navy] ship, he told the captain then that he was going to marry Princess Elizabeth, when he was 18. 

'That is the weird thing, he wasn't in love with her then, but he was pretty clear about it. When did he fall in love with her? When he told Mountbatten to stop interfering.'

Explaining how Prince Philip had always thought he would marry the future Queen, Jobson told the programme: 'When Philip got onto his first [Royal Navy] ship, he told the captain then that he was going to marry Princess Elizabeth, when he was 18' (pictured together in July 1947)

He claimed there was a 'clear attraction' between the pair when they went up to Balmoral, and Philip proposed 'in secret' during a walk around the grounds.

'I don’t think he even sought permission from the King,' Jobson added. 'I think he asked him afterwards.'

Ingrid Seward, biographer and Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine said: 'One day we will know but none of us know that now. 

'The King said, "That is fine, but she is too young, and we will keep the engagement secret until we are ready".'

The couple married at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947 and their wedding - the first royal festivity since the end of the Second World War - was celebrated across the country. 

Jobson claimed there was a 'clear attraction' between the pair when they went up to Balmoral, and Philip proposed 'in secret' during a walk around the grounds (pictured: the Queen and Philip more recently)

Yesterday it was reported that all senior members of the Royal Family will wear mourning dress at Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday, an unprecedented about-turn and last minute decision approved by the Queen.

No royals will wear military uniform in order to present a united family front, after courtiers were racked by concern that Prince Harry, who was forced to give up his honorary military titles after he acrimoniously quit royal duties and moved to the US, would be the only senior royal not in uniform.

It is believed to be only the second time in more than a century that members of the Royal Family have not worn uniform to the funeral of a monarch or their spouse.

It will, however, be seen as a significant public olive branch to Harry in the wake of his and Meghan's devastating interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, in which they criticised members of his immediate family and accused the institution of racism.

Buckingham Palace last night declined to comment, but the Mail understands the decision will be officially announced today.

The latest episode of the Royal Beat is available to watch now on True Royalty TV. 

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