Prince Philip’s hand was ‘in every detail’ of farewell service ‘A funeral like no other’

Prince Philip’s funeral was ‘like no other’ says royal expert

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Prince Philip’s involvement in Saturday’s funeral service could be “seen in every detail” of the day, according to Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Myers noted that the Duke of Edinburgh would not have wanted “this huge, huge funeral that one would have expected”. This comes after the Royal Family reunited yesterday afternoon to say their final goodbyes to Prince Philip in an emotional send-off.

The Duke of Edinburgh spent the past 16 years organising the poignant and moving funeral service.

However, Mr Myers remarked that these original plans were “completely changed” in the past week since his death.

Mr Myers said: “For a man like no other, it was a funeral like no other.

“From the Land Rover that carried his coffin, to the sounding of action stations as he was lowered into the crypt, there was no mistaking the Duke of Edinburgh’s hand in every detail.”

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He continued: “This was a funeral like no other. It was completely changed from the long-held plans that the Duke and the Queen had made over many, many years.

“That is because of the coronavirus restrictions in place today. Just 30 mourners allowed in St George’s Chapel when we would have expected 800.

“He spent 16 years designing and conceptualising this Land Rover with the team at the company to carry his coffin. It started off as a joke to the Queen!

“It was not this huge, huge funeral that one would have expected but ultimately, the Duke of Edinburgh would have wanted that.

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“He didn’t want any fuss and it was still a fitting occasion to send off a remarkable life lived.”

The funeral procession started at 2.41pm yesterday, with Prince Philip’s coffin arriving at St George’s Chapel seven minutes before the funeral.

The nation then fell silent for a minute before the beginning of the service at 3pm.

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The funeral ended a few minutes prior to 4pm, with Prince Philip’s coffin being lowered into the Royal Vault.

Following the end of the funeral, the Queen invited 15 members of the Royal Family to Windsor Castle.

As they were leaving the chapel, Harry and William were spotted chatting to one another – for the first time since March 2020.

It is understood that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge helped break the ice between the pair.

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