Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, was commemorated on Saturday in a funeral ceremony, decades in the making, before resting in Windsor Castle.
Many of the customary rituals were canceled due to the pandemic. Philip’s body was transported to the gates of Windsor Castle in a customized hearse, a Land Rover that he helped modify, after a national moment of silence.
What would have been a lavish ceremony in the past was drastically reduced. Only 30 people were allowed into St. George’s Chapel for the funeral, which was closed to the public. Many members of the royal family, including many members of the royal family, sat socially separated and wearing masks.
Queen Elizabeth, Philip’s 73-year-old wife, sat alone in black.
“The many respects in which his long life has been a gift to us,” said the Rev. David Conner, who led the service.
“His unwavering devotion to our queen, his service to the country and the Commonwealth, his bravery, fortitude, and faith have all motivated us,” Conner said. “The obstacles he has set for us, the motivation he has provided us, his compassion, humour, and humanity have all enriched our lives.”
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