Apr 17, 2021 - World

In photos: The funeral of Prince Philip puts military and royal tradition on display

Picture of Prince Philip's coffin being carried to a land rover surrounded by officers

Prince Philip’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard is carried to the purpose built Land Rover during the Duke of Edinburghe's funeral. Photo: Adrian Dennis/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh who died April 9 at age 99, will be laid to rest on Saturday following a funeral service at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The big picture: "His send-off will be highly unusual — in part because coronavirus restrictions meant the ceremony had to be scaled back, but also because it comes just after a very public airing of a family rift," The New York Times writes.

  • The guest list was limited to 30 people. Queen Elizabeth II and other royal family members wore masks and sat six feet apart, per The Times.

Details: The ceremony followed Prince Philip's specifications.

  • People across Britain observed a moment of silence in his honor before the funeral got under way.
  • He was remembered as a man of "courage, fortitude and faith," per AP, spending roughly 14 years in the Royal Navy, and for his support of "Britain's monarch for over three quarters of a century."
  • A choir of four people sang music chosen by the Prince.
  • The funeral lasted less than an hour. Near the end, military buglers sounded Action Stations, a Royal Navy battle cry used to summon crew to battle readiness.

What they're saying: "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," said David Conner, Dean of Windsor, who conducted the service, according to The Times.

  • "Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humor and humanity," Conner added.

What's next: "His body will be interred in the royal vault in St. George’s Chapel. Flags in Britain that have flown at half-staff at royal residences since his death will remain that way until Sunday," per The Times.

In photos:
Picture of military band marching
Military Band marches into position at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip. Photo: KIRSTY O'CONNOR/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Picture of members of the royal family wearing all black and standing in line
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and members of the Royal family stand outside St. George's Chapel for the funeral service of Prince Philip. Photo: HANNAH MCKAY/AFP via Getty Images
Picture of Queen Elizabeth in a car
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives in the Royal Bentley at the funeral for her husband, Prince Philip. Photo: LEON NEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Picture of royal family members walking behind the land rover that carries Prince Philip's coffin
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, lead the ceremonial funeral procession of Prince Philip to St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, followed by more royal family members. Photo: ALASTAIR GRANT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Photo of Prince Charles walking behind Prince Philip's coffin
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, walks behind The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard, during the Ceremonial Procession during the funeral of Prince Philip. Photo: Hannah McKay/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Photo of Prince Philip's coffin arriving to St. George's Chapel
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard arrives at St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Photo of Prince Philip's coffin being carried up the stairs in St. George's chapel
Prince Philip’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard, arrives at St. George’s Chapel carried by a bearer party found by the Royal Marines. Photo: Justin Tallis/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Picture of Prince Philip's coffin being taken into the church
Pallbearers of the Royal Marines carry the coffin on the West Steps of St. George's Chapel. Photo: KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Picture of Queen Elizabeth sitting alone in the church
Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat during the funeral of Prince Philip. Photo: Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Picture of the coffin inside the church
Queen Elizabeth II watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during his funeral inside St. George's Chapel. Photo: DOMINIC LIPINSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Picture of royal family members looking at Prince Philip's coffin
Queen Elizabeth II looks at the coffin of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during his funeral service. Photo: JONATHAN BRADY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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