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Queen bows head as funeral service begins

The nation fell silent in memory of the Prince Philip on Saturday afternoon, as the funeral ceremony marking his life of duty took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s “unwavering loyalty” to the monarch was highlighted at the service, as the Queen bid a final farewell to her beloved husband – her “strength and stay” through 73 years of marriage.

The funeral reunited Prince William and Prince Harry after their much-publicised fall-out. Although they sat opposite each other inside the chapel, the brothers were seen talking together as they left the ceremony.

A poem by the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has been published to mark the occasion. Mr Armitage said Philip had “hated sycophancy”, and so he had written a poem that was “in service of all people like him”.

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Sturgeon issues statement to Queen after funeral

Nicola Sturgeon has issued another statement on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral.

“On behalf of the people of Scotland, I once again express my deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family,” Scotland’s first minister has said.

“The many tributes paid to the Duke of Edinburgh in recent days have shown the depth of his contribution to public life over more than 70 years as well as his longstanding ties to Scotland.”

She continued: “Many have reflected on his distinguished wartime record, his commitment to countless charities and organisations, and his love and support for the Queen throughout their marriage.

“Today, as the Queen and the Royal Family mourn the death of a loved one, we take this opportunity to celebrate and honour an extraordinary life.”

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Social media reacts to ‘heartbreaking’ image of Queen sitting alone

A sombre image of the Queen sitting alone in the chapel has touched many people online, who have expressed their sorrow and sympathy for the monarch.

One person wrote: “The Queen. Alone in the church. So very vulnerable. Yet very public display of solidarity with so many who have had to deal with loss in past year. Seems so unfair that any 94 year old has to endure such loss so alone. Although perhaps she would have had it that way anyway.”

Ellie Abraham reports:

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‘Stunningly moving,’ says Diana’s brother

Charles Spencer, the brother of the late Lady Diana, was watching the funeral on television. “Goodness – what a stunningly moving ceremony,” he tweeted.

Many people have picked up on the photo of the Queen sitting alone, socially distanced, at her husband’s funeral. The actor Omid Djalili said it is “going to be an enduring image”.

Adam Forrest17 April 2021 16:30

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Harry, William and Kate seen speaking after funeral

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen talking to Prince Harry after they left the funeral service at St George’s Chapel.

The brothers have been through a well-publicised fall-out over the Megxit process and the Oprah interview, but William had insisted they would speak again.

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Adam Forrest17 April 2021 16:08

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The Last Post sounds as Philip’s funeral ends

Four Royal Marines buglers sounded The Last Post at the ceremony’s close. After the blessing, pronounced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the congregation remained standing as the choir sang the national anthem – bringing the funeral to an end at 3.50pm.

The Queen and her family left the Chapel escorted by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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The Queen outside St George’s Chapel

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The Queen outside St George’s Chapel

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Topless protester taken away by police outside castle

A topless protester has been taken away by police near Windsor Castle after she shouted “save the planet” following the minute’s silence for Prince Philip.

The woman ran in front of the crowds outside as it started clapping following the start of the service. She then jumped onto a statue of Queen Victoria, before police officers apprehended her and led her away.

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‘Go forth upon thy journey’

The Dean of Windsor, who is leading the service, gave the commendation: “Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul; In the name of God the Father Almighty who created thee; In the name of Jesus Christ who suffered for thee; In the name of the Holy Spirit who strengthen thee.

“May thy portion this day be in peace, and thy dwelling in the heavenly Jerusalem. Amen.”

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William and Kate at Philip’s funeral service

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Adam Forrest17 April 2021 15:45

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Benjamin Britten music was written for Duke

If you are following the service and are interested in the music, a four-strong St George’s Chapel choir is performing perform the only hymn of the ceremony, William Whiting’s Eternal Father, Strong to Save, and three additional songs written at the behest of Prince Philip.

The Jubliate, which was written by English composer Benjamin Britten for the St George’s Choir at the Duke’s request, translates literally to “song of joy”.

Adam Forrest17 April 2021 15:26

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William and Harry sit opposite as service gets under way

The Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge are sitting opposite one another in St George’s Chapel, as the brothers bid farewell to their grandfather.

The members of the royal family in the procession quickly put on their face masks as they entered the chapel.

“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,” says the Dean of Windsor.

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The Queen at Prince Philip’s funeral service

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The Queen at Prince Philip’s funeral service

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The Queen arrives for funeral service

The Queen arrives at Windsor Castle to join the procession

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The Queen arrives for Prince Philip’s funeral

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