By Marisol Bo-oc | 12:11 AM April 18, 2021
Britain’s royal family said farewell to Prince Philip, family patriarch and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 73 years, who died last week a few months short of his 100th birthday.
With military bands and a royal procession, Prince Philip was laid to rest on April 17 in a funeral ceremony that honoured his lifetime of service to the country, the crown and his wife, Queen Elizabeth II. The widowed British monarch, setting an example amid the coronavirus pandemic, sat alone at the ceremony.
Ahead of the funeral, riders from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery made their way up the Long Walk towards Windsor Castle, and military personnel and royal guards all in ceremonial dress took up their positions in Windsor’s Quadrangle beneath a blue sky.
Rows of military marching musicians played pieces of music including, I Vow to Thee My Country and Jerusalem, after members of the royal family not in the procession departed for St. George’s Chapel.
Waiting for him in the ancient chapel was his wife Queen Elizabeth II, dressed all in black and wearing a matching mask against the pandemic.
The queen, 94, who has called her husband her “strength and stay,” sat alone and at a remove from the other attendees maintaining social distancing in accordance with the country’s Covid-19 rules.
People across Britain observed one minute of silence in honor of Philip just before his royal ceremonial funeral got under way. With reports from DailyMail and NBC News