IN PICS | Prince Philip's funeral: Personal touches and social distancing

17 April 2021 - 17:18 By Toni Jaye Singer
Queen Elizabeth sat alone during her husband's funeral in line with the British government's Covid-19 regulations.
Queen Elizabeth sat alone during her husband's funeral in line with the British government's Covid-19 regulations.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was laid to rest at St George's Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday.

Married to Queen Elizabeth in 1947, Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

From the hymns to the choice of hearse — a customised Land Rover Defender — the duke is said to have had much input into his funeral arrangements prior to his death at the age of 99 on April 9.

The funeral service, which was proceeded by a ceremonial procession, was an intimate affair with only 30 guests in attendance due to the pandemic. This included the queen, the couple's four children  — Princess Anne and princes Charles, Andrew and Edward — and their eight grandchildren.

In line with the British government's Covid-19 regulations, members of the royal family wore masks and practised social distancing within the chapel, which is why the queen was seated alone.

Here are some photographs of this solemn occasion:

A member of the Guidon, Colour and Truncheon Parties stands in front of a sea of floral tributes that were laid out in the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip.
A member of the Guidon, Colour and Truncheon Parties stands in front of a sea of floral tributes that were laid out in the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip.
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The insignia belonging to Prince Philip are placed on the altar at St George's Chapel ahead of his funeral on April 17 2021 in Windsor, England.
The insignia belonging to Prince Philip are placed on the altar at St George's Chapel ahead of his funeral on April 17 2021 in Windsor, England.
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The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive at Windsor Castle in preparation for the Gun Salute on the palace grounds on the day of the funeral of Prince Philip.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive at Windsor Castle in preparation for the Gun Salute on the palace grounds on the day of the funeral of Prince Philip.
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The Foot Guards Band are seen marching ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle.
The Foot Guards Band are seen marching ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle.
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A horse-drawn carriage seen in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip. In a touching nod to the late royal's love of driving carriages around various royal estates his driving gloves and hat were placed on the front seat.
A horse-drawn carriage seen in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip. In a touching nod to the late royal's love of driving carriages around various royal estates his driving gloves and hat were placed on the front seat.
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Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle on April 17 2021 in Windsor, England. The couple would have celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary this year.
Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle on April 17 2021 in Windsor, England. The couple would have celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary this year.
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Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward and Princess Anne, at the funeral of their father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward and Princess Anne, at the funeral of their father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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Prince William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (left), and her mother-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watch the funeral procession of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (left), and her mother-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watch the funeral procession of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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From the hymns to the choice of hearse — this customised Land Rover Defender — Prince Philip is said to have had much input into his funeral arrangements prior to his death at the age of 99 on April 9 2021.
From the hymns to the choice of hearse — this customised Land Rover Defender — Prince Philip is said to have had much input into his funeral arrangements prior to his death at the age of 99 on April 9 2021.
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Princes William and Harry (Prince Charles' sons) and Peter Phillips (Princess Anne's son) walk behind their grandfather, Prince Philip's, coffin at his funeral.
Princes William and Harry (Prince Charles' sons) and Peter Phillips (Princess Anne's son) walk behind their grandfather, Prince Philip's, coffin at his funeral.
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Prince Philip's coffin was draped in his royal standard. This official personalised flag features a cross from the Greek flag and lions from the Danish coat of arms to signify that Philip was born a prince of Greece and Denmark. Black stripes denote that he was part of the Mountbatten family, while a castle represents his rank as the Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip's coffin was draped in his royal standard. This official personalised flag features a cross from the Greek flag and lions from the Danish coat of arms to signify that Philip was born a prince of Greece and Denmark. Black stripes denote that he was part of the Mountbatten family, while a castle represents his rank as the Duke of Edinburgh.
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The coffin of Prince Philip is carried into his funeral service at St George's Chapel. The chapel is the final resting place of 10 former British sovereigns including Philip’s father-in-law, King George VI.
The coffin of Prince Philip is carried into his funeral service at St George's Chapel. The chapel is the final resting place of 10 former British sovereigns including Philip’s father-in-law, King George VI.
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Members of the royal family were seated in groups two meters apart in line with Britain's Covid-19 regulations, which stated that only members of the same household could sit together.
Members of the royal family were seated in groups two meters apart in line with Britain's Covid-19 regulations, which stated that only members of the same household could sit together.
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Prince Harry, who is based in California, flew back to the UK for his grandfather, Prince Philip's, funeral. His wife, Meghan, who is expecting the couple's second child, did not accompany him as her doctor had advised her against travelling.
Prince Harry, who is based in California, flew back to the UK for his grandfather, Prince Philip's, funeral. His wife, Meghan, who is expecting the couple's second child, did not accompany him as her doctor had advised her against travelling.
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