Prince Philip’s coffin lowered into Royal Vault during final blessing
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”.
Union flags raised over royal palaces as Queen continues to grieve
Union flags across the UK have been raised from half mast to mark the end of the period of national mourning for Prince Philip.
Video footage aired by BBC News shows the flags outside Buckingham Palace and Downing Street being raised, while other official buildings across the country have also followed suit this morning.
While the period of national mourning has ended, the Queen continues to grieve her husband of 73 years, as will the rest of the royal family.
Chiara Giordano18 April 2021 08:33
Royal family continues to grieve as national mourning ends
The royal family will continue to grieve this week following the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral yesterday, although the period of national mourning has now ended.
After almost 70 years as head of state, the Queen will reign without her husband by her side, as she sat on her own during the funeral service that bore Philip’s touch and celebrated his life and legacy.
Family plans for Sunday have not been made public and it is not known how long Harry intends to stay in the UK before heading back to his pregnant wife in the US.
The Queen is said to have likely sort comfort in walking her beloved dogs Muick and Fergus at Frogmore, where Harry has been staying, after the funeral – which she has been doing most days since the duke’s death on 9 April, according to The Sun.
Chiara Giordano18 April 2021 08:08
Here’s the image of Boris Johnson observing yesterday’s silence for Prince Philip, as published on his official Twitter account.
Only 30 royal family members, and staff, were permitted to attend the service in light of coronavirus restrictions.
Andy Gregory18 April 2021 06:50
Royal family say final farewell as duke laid to rest
Here’s a look back at yesterday’s funeral service, from my colleague Vincent Wood:
Andy Gregory18 April 2021 05:40
End of official mourning period will not mark end of royal grief
Although the period of national mourning since his death on 9 April has now ended, the royal family will undoubtedly continue to grieve.
During the week of mourning, union flags were flown at half-mast on royal residences, government buildings, armed forces establishments and at UK posts overseas.
Andy Gregory18 April 2021 04:47
Sean O’Grady: The Queen’s solitude at Prince Philip’s funeral was a gesture of solidarity
With much of the focus today on the Queen’s decision to sit alone at the funeral, our associate editor Sean O’Grady writes for Independent Voices that the monarch’s solitude “was almost a gesture of solidarity”.
He writes: “She did not bend the rules just because she is the sovereign. Again, a small example to those in public life who sometimes forget that we are all supposed to be in this pandemic together.”
Andy Gregory18 April 2021 03:42
Treasury ‘looking at creating £5 coin to fund permanent memorial’, report claims
The Telegraph reports that the Treasury is looking at minting a special £5 “crown” coin to fund a permanent memorial to Prince Philip.
While the government has not commented on the report, the cash raised could supposedly be used to pay for a statue of the late duke, or go towards a new Royal Yacht Britannia in his memory.
Andy Gregory18 April 2021 02:40
Bristol City Hall illuminated purple tonight in tribute to Prince Philip
Andy Gregory18 April 2021 01:45
Streets of Windsor fall silent as nation bids final farewell to Prince Philip in a royal funeral like no other
My colleague Chiara Giordano has the following report from Windsor, in which she notes that the crowds gathered in the town slowly dispersed while “sharing in the collective knowledge that they will likely never witness a royal funeral of this kind ever again”.
Andy Gregory18 April 2021 00:40
Front pages focus on the Queen
Many of tomorrow’s front pages carry images of the Queen sitting on her own during the funeral – with The Independent captioning the picture with the words, “alone in grief”.
The Sunday Express headline reads: “You’re not alone Ma’am.”
Andy Gregory17 April 2021 23:54