Final journey: Prince Philip’s sombre funeral procession [pictures]

Final journey: Prince Philip’s sombre funeral procession [pictures]

In their first public appearance in more than a year, members of the British Royal family have come together to lay Prince Philip to rest.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at the age of 99 and is now being honoured it a farewell many say fits the kind of person he was. The only people speaking at the service are the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The official funeral got underway at St George’s Chapel at around 16:00 (CAT). The proceedings first got underway at Windsor Castle, where soldiers from the Grenadier Guards, carried his coffin and placed it on the back of a custom-made Land Rover he himself helped to design.

A moment of silence is then observed, then the funeral procession officially starts. Prince Philip’s family, including Princess Anne, Princes Charles, Andrew, Edward, William and Harry, followed the coffin.

The Land Rover Defender carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh is followed by members of the Royal Family, The Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex and Peter Phillips during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.

As announced by Buckingham Palace, both William and Harry did not walk side by side as some would have expected. The brothers’ son, Peter Philips, was between them. There is said to be a rift between them, following an explosive interview Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle did with Oprah Winfrey.

Prince Philip’s widow, Queen Elizabeth then arrives at St George’s Chapel and is greeted  by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner.

Another moment of silence is observed after Prince Philip’s coffin is carried to the second landing on the steps of St George’s Chapel.

Queen Elizabeth is then lead by the Dean of Windsor into the Quire of St George’s Chapel where she will sit alone.

Source: thesouthafrican.com

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Dennis Sundawo