A fond farewell for his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

Image of the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin, seen here at the foot of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel, in Windsor castle. The Guard of Honour formed from The Rifles are seen here giving a Royal Salute. The Steps of St George’s Chapel are lined by The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals of The Household Cavalry. Photo by Dave Jenkins © MOD Crown copyright 2021

Charles Spencer, the brother of the late Princess Diana praised the Duke of Edinburgh’s “stunningly moving” funeral service today.

Earl Spencer was not in attendance at the ceremony, which saw only 30 guests due to the ongoing Covid-19 regulations. However, like millions of people across the world, he watched the ceremony on TV.

During the ceremony the Dean of Windsor paid tribute to Prince Philip’s “kindness, humour and humanity” and the “many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us”.

“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,” he said during his bidding.

More than 730 members of Armed Forces personnel took part in the funeral ceremony at Windsor Castle. This included; 42 members of personnel from the Royal Navy; 96 members of personnel from the Royal Marines; 507 members of personnel from the Army; and 89 members of personnel from the Royal Air Force.

Representative detachments from all three Services drawn from units with a special relationship to His Royal Highness took part in ceremonial activity.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a minute guns during the funeral procession from the East Lawn of Windsor Castle – one round every minute during the procession. The Armed Forces have also conducted Ceremonial Gun Fire at nine locations across the UK and Overseas Territory Gibraltar to begin and end the National Minute Silence immediately before the funeral service. A single round was fired at 1500, followed by a single round at 1501. In Gibraltar, the Ceremonial Gun Fire fired simultaneously with the UK at 1500 British Summer Time. As this is a National Minute Silence, Her Majesty’s ships at sea were not requested to fire.

Image of the Duke Of Edinburgh’s coffin, borne on the Land Rover he helped to design. Credit: Dave Jenkins  © MOD Crown copyright 2021  

Sergeant Donald C Todd RLC 
 UK Ministry of Defence 2021  

Credit: Dave Jenkins 

© MOD Crown copyright 2021  


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