By Regina Sears
On April 9th, 2021, the British Royal Family had announced the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. At the age of 99, Prince Philip had passed away peacefully in Windsor Castle. Prince Philip was Britain’s longest serving consort, as he was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years. This news brought many to tears, not only in Britain, but all around the world.
The mourning of Prince Philip began after his death, on the 9th. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral was kept private and closed to a portion of the royal family, with 30 members having attended. Guests to Prince Philip’s funeral included the Queen and her four children as well as their spouses and children– Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward–along with her two grandchildren–Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry–and lastly some relatives of the Queen. To honor Prince Philip’s military career, the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force provided ceremonial support.
Queen Elizabeth II sits alone in St. George’s Chapel during Prince Philip’s funeral.
The formal funeral service held place on the 17th in St. George’s Chapel. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the Queen had to sit alone at the service. This striking image has brought attention to the public and showed the tribulations of social distancing at such an intimate event for the Queen.
The Duke’s coffin being carried by a Land Rover Defender TD5 130
The procession of the coffin was followed by major royal family members, including the future heirs–Prince Charles and Prince William, Prince Philip’s children, and Prince Harry. The coffin was carried by a specialized model of a Land Rover, according to wishes made by the Prince before his passing.
The funeral service came to a closure on the 17th, as the Prince’s coffin was lowered in the royal vault. However, his resting place will be relocated in King George VI memorial chapel after the passing of the Queen.
Officially entering the British Royal Family 73 years ago in 1947, the Prince has participated in the Royal Navy and contributed to 992 charities as the Duke of Edinburgh. For tributes, the official stance from the Royal Family stated, “members of the public may wish to consider making a donation to a charity of their choice, or one of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages in memory of His Royal Highness.” Below will include the lists of charities Prince Philip was associated with.
“Charities and Patronages | The Duke of Edinburgh”: https://www.royal.uk/charities-and-patronages?name=&mrf=4&field_themes_target_id=&field_world_region_value=