Prince Philip funeral: Andrew sits closest to Queen after sparking uniform controversy

Prince Andrew was seated closest to his tearful mother at Prince Philip’s funeral today – which he attended in a black morning suit after the Queen denied his demand to wear an Admiral’s uniform.

The monarch took control earlier this week and decreed that none of the royal guests would be in military dress after her middle son caused a stir.

But he was by her side, albeit socially distanced, for the emotional ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle this afternoon when the Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest.

Both the Duke of York and Her Majesty sat alone during the service because they are not in a Covid bubble with any of the other guests.

Andrew, who served in the Navy and fought in the Falklands War, did have his military medals pinned to his chest like other members of the procession that followed Philip’s Land Rover hearse into the chapel.

He cut a solemn figure as he walked behind his elder brother Charles and beside his younger brother Edward. 

Today’s funeral was the most visible the Duke of York has been for more than a year after stepping down from royal duties following his disastrous Newsnight interview about Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew walks in the procession following Philip's coffin into St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle this afternoon

Prince Andrew walks in the procession following Philip’s coffin into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle this afternoon 

Andrew was the closest person to sit to his grieving mother, and they both sat alone because they were not in a Covid bubble

The Duke of York, who served in the Navy and fought in the Falklands War, did have his military medals pinned to his chest like other members of the procession tailing the Land Rover hearse

The Duke of York, who served in the Navy and fought in the Falklands War, did have his military medals pinned to his chest like other members of the procession tailing the Land Rover hearse

Prince Andrew (left) sat alone inside St George's Chapel as he was not in a Covid bubble with another guest

Prince Andrew (left) sat alone inside St George’s Chapel as he was not in a Covid bubble with another guest

Prince Charles blinks away tears as he follows the coffin into the church with his brothers Andrew and Edward behind him

Prince Charles blinks away tears as he follows the coffin into the church with his brothers Andrew and Edward behind him

But the Duke of York, who served in the Navy and fought in the Falklands War, did have his military medals pinned to his chest like the other members of the procession

 But the Duke of York, who served in the Navy and fought in the Falklands War, did have his military medals pinned to his chest like the other members of the procession

Members of the Royal Family walk behind the Land Rover which carries Philip's coffin at his funeral in Windsor today

Members of the Royal Family walk behind the Land Rover which carries Philip’s coffin at his funeral in Windsor today

Senior members of the Royal Family walk in the funeral procession towards St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle today

Alone in grief, the Queen sat on the opposite side of the church as she says goodbye to her husband at his funeral in extraordinary circumstances due to the pandemic

Alone in grief, the Queen sat on the opposite side of the church as she says goodbye to her husband at his funeral in extraordinary circumstances due to the pandemic

Andrew’s remarks on television last week – when he said his father’s death had left ‘a huge void’ in the Queen’s life – was the first time he has spoken publicly in 512 days.

Not long after reports emerged that he was planning to attend the ceremony at Windsor Castle as an Admiral and even asked his tailor to start stitching the rank. 

It raised eyebrows as, although serving in the Royal Navy, Andrew never reached the rank of Admiral. 

His last serving rank was Lietenant-Commander, which was raised to Commander when he left active service in 2005.

Under a Navy policy, he received a promotion every five years meaning he was promoted to Honorary Captain in 2005, Rear Admiral in 2010 and Vice Admiral in 2015.

Andrew was due to be made an Admiral on his 60th birthday last year but asked if this could be deferred until he returned to frontline royal duties – which he has not. 

The Queen’s ruling that everyone would wear suits is also thought to spare Prince Harry’s blushes. After quitting life as a senior royal and moving to California, the Duke of Sussex, who served in the Army, was forced to give up his honorary military positions and associations.  

The funeral itself is steeped in military tradition and will feature many servicemen and women after Philip requested a military, and not state, funeral.

But former Buckingham Palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter this week said the Queen ‘put her foot down’ so everyone would be dressed the same.

Today’s funeral at Windsor Castle was the most visible the Duke of York has been for more than a year after stepping down from royal duties following his disastrous Newsnight interview 

Andrew was due to walk in the second row of the procession adjacent to his brother Prince Edward, and behind Price Charles and Princess Anne in the first row

Andrew was due to walk in the second row of the procession adjacent to his brother Prince Edward, and behind Price Charles and Princess Anne in the first row 

The Royal Family's procession was led by Prince Charles and Princess Anne who looked emotional following the casket

The Royal Family’s procession was led by Prince Charles and Princess Anne who looked emotional following the casket

Airmen of the Royal Air Force marching ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip. More than 700 members of the Armed Forces are involved in the event

Airmen of the Royal Air Force marching ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip. More than 700 members of the Armed Forces are involved in the event

He said: ‘There has been this that Harry, not entitled to wear a uniform, he walked out of the royal family and then walked out of royal life.

‘When he got married in 2018 he actually had to ask the Queen permission that he could wear his uniform to wear dress uniform at his wedding. When you leave the service, you can’t just put your uniform on, it’s the gift of the Queen to say yay or nay.

‘As for Andrew, well he was effectively fired for that disastrous Newsnight interview justifying his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, so he was not entitled to wear that uniform either.

‘It’s a bit like school: you can’t have some people in one thing and others in another, so the Queen put her foot down and decided everyone’s going to be the same.’

Andrew was due to walk in the second row of the procession adjacent to his brother Prince Edward, and behind Price Charles and Princess Anne in the first row.

His daughters Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice – and their husbands – are also among the 30 handpicked guests. 

Last week, after his father died aged 99, Andrew said the Queen was ‘feeling it, I think, probably more than everybody else’, calling her ‘incredibly stoic’.

In a piece to camera he said: ‘She described it as having left a huge void in her life. But we – the family, the ones that are closer – are rallying round to make sure that we’re there to support her, and I know there is a huge amount of support not just for her but for everybody as we go through this enormous change.’

Sitting along in the chapel because of social distancing, the monarch wiped away tears as her husband of 73 years was laid to rest. 

The Duke of Edinburgh's casket was covered in his personal standard and carried his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers as masked pallbearers lowered him on to his extraordinary self-designed Land Rover hearse

The Duke of Edinburgh’s casket was covered in his personal standard and carried his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers as masked pallbearers lowered him on to his extraordinary self-designed Land Rover hearse

Andrew was due to walk in the second row of the procession adjacent to his brother Prince Edward, and behind Price Charles and Princess Anne in the first row

Andrew was due to walk in the second row of the procession adjacent to his brother Prince Edward, and behind Price Charles and Princess Anne in the first row 

The grieving Prince of Wales, who shed tears for his late father when viewing tributes left at Buckingham Palace this week, looked sombre in a black mask as he was driven into his mother’s Berkshire home. 

His wife Camilla arrived separately just as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who was wearing the Queen’s pearls, left Kensington Palace. Zara Tindall and his husband Mike arrived at the castle shortly afterwards followed by other grandchildren including Princess Beatrice and spouse Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. 

At a sunny Windsor Castle, deserted with no crowds allowed, the quadrangle was packed with bands playing the prince’s favourite songs and hymns including Jerusalem as his extraordinary Land Rover hearse arrived flanked by senior officers from the duke’s regiments.

The Cambridges are set to see Prince Harry for the first time in a year after the brothers fell out over Megxit and the Sussexes extraordinary and damaging Oprah interview.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s insignia, Field Marshal’s baton, RAF wings and decorations from Denmark and Greece resting on cushions have been placed on the altar of St George’s Chapel to mark the passing of the ‘grandfather of the nation’. 

Prince Andrew today arrived in Windsor for Philip's funeral in a suit after the Queen denied his demand to wear an Admiral's uniform

Prince Andrew today arrived in Windsor for Philip’s funeral in a suit after the Queen denied his demand to wear an Admiral’s uniform

Members of the military march ahead of the funeral service at Prince Philip's Windsor home

Members of the military march ahead of the funeral service at Prince Philip’s Windsor home

The Foot Guards Band are seen marching as the world remembers the extraordinary 99-year life of Philip

The Foot Guards Band are seen marching as the world remembers the extraordinary 99-year life of Philip

The moment Prince William and Harry made up? Duke of Cambridge talks to his estranged brother in sign of reconciliation while walking out of chapel as they are reunited for the first time since Megxit 

By Mark Duell for MailOnline 

Prince William and Harry spoke to each other while leaving their grandfather Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle today as the estranged brothers appeared in public together for the first time in more than a year.

The princes talked while walking out of St George’s Chapel following the service this afternoon, having earlier taken part in the procession either side of their cousin Peter Phillips behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin.

Their discussion came following an impromptu decision by some of the Royal Family to walk back to the castle, despite state cars having been put on for them – and it gave the cameras a chance to see the brothers talk. 

Harry’s friend Tom Bradby, who was presenting ITV’s coverage of the funeral today, said: ‘Funerals are a time of reconciliation and that’s a sight, let’s be honest, that many wanted to see. Not least the family itself.’ 

About an hour earlier, the Duke of Cambridge entered the chapel one place ahead of his younger brother – and the brothers were seated opposite one another during the service, with William next to his wife Kate Middleton.

William and Harry had looked sombre as they walked in silence behind the specially-adapted Land Rover carrying their grandfather’s coffin as it made its way to the chapel and looked straight ahead as they both wore black suits.

It had been quietly hoped that the loss of their beloved grandfather, who both men loved deeply, might start the process of rapprochement – but the brothers are not thought to have seen each other before the funeral. 

William, 38, and Harry, 36, were among nine members of the Royal Family who walked behind their grandfather’s unique coffin this afternoon, leaving the Sovereign’s entrance at Windsor Castle at precisely 2.45pm.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had earlier been seen wearing face masks as they left Kensington Palace in West London in the back of a vehicle before being driven the 20 miles to Windsor for the funeral. 

Today marks the first time Harry and William have been seen together since March 2020, when they attended a Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey with other royals and could barely look each other in the eye.

Speaking about the brothers’ conversation today, body language expert Judi James told MailOnline: ‘The moment of connection between William and Harry came right at the end of the service as they left the chapel. 

‘In a well-co-ordinated but also relatively natural-looking moment, Harry walked up behind William and Kate to then join them, walking between them and chatting to them both. After a few seconds of what looked like natural and not self-conscious conversation, Kate fell back, leaving the two brothers walking off talking alone. It looked like a genuine moment of unity rather than something contrived for the cameras.’  

Royal aides have been ‘walking on eggshells’ as they try to navigate the rift between the brothers, sources said last night as tensions remain following Harry and Meghan’s acrimonious split from the Royal Family last year.

Prince Harry and Prince William walk together out of St George's Chapel today as Kate Middleton also walks alongside them

Prince Harry and Prince William walk together out of St George’s Chapel today as Kate Middleton also walks alongside them

Prince Harry and Prince William walk next to each other as they leave the funeral service at St George's Chapel this afternoon

Prince Harry and Prince William walk next to each other as they leave the funeral service at St George’s Chapel this afternoon

Members of the Royal Family including Harry and William walk away from St George Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle

Members of the Royal Family including Harry and William walk away from St George Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle 

Prince Harry speaks to Prince William as they leave the service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle this afternoon

Prince Harry speaks to Prince William as they leave the service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle this afternoon

Relations were further soured by the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, in which they attacked senior royals while Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99, lay in hospital in London.

And today is likely to have been a particularly difficult day for the brothers and evoke memories of having to walk behind their mother Princess Diana’s coffin in September 1997, when they were aged just 15 and 13. 

JUDI JAMES: William and Harry shared a ‘genuine moment of unity’ as they left St George’s Chapel

By JUDI JAMES, BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT 

Ahead of the funeral, Harry appeared to be performing the body language of subtle bravado, looking about and even chatting to some of the royal behind him, but looking less confident as he emerged to walk behind his grandfather’s coffin.

While William strode looking straight ahead and giving nothing away in terms of any acknowledgment of his brother, Harry performed a couple of self-comfort rituals that hinted at levels of suppressed anxiety.

Pulling at his waistcoat he also performed a shoulder-roll in the actual chapel, a gesture that can imply someone is bracing themselves and trying to boost their own confidence.

The moment of connection between William and Harry came right at the end of the service as they left the chapel.

In a well-co-ordinated but also relatively natural-looking moment Harry walked up behind William and Kate to then join them, walking between them and chatting to them both.

After a few seconds of what looked like natural and not self-conscious conversation Kate fell back, leaving the two brothers walking off talking alone.

It looked like a genuine moment of unity rather than something contrived for the cameras. 

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Insiders have stressed that the arrangement involving the positioning of the brothers in the funeral procession should not be taken as a sign that William and Harry refused to walk alongside each other.  

Asked beforehand whether arrangements for the procession reflected the royal siblings’ relationship, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘This is a funeral, we’re not going to be drawn into those perceptions of drama, or anything like that, this is a funeral.

‘The arrangements have been agreed, and they represent Her Majesty’s wishes, so we’re not going to say anything more on that.’

Sources did admit, however, that the fraternal feud has taken up ‘much thought and energy’ in the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, which was responsible for today’s arrangements. 

‘Everyone is walking on eggshells so as not to exacerbate the situation,’ said one. 

‘To be fair, both William and Harry have made clear that they wish to focus on mourning their grandfather and do not want anything to get in the way of that. 

‘But it has made everyone doubly nervous about saying anything that could be remotely construed of being critical of the other side. It’s been a minefield.’

Sources insist the formation of those walking behind the coffin was based on ‘bloodlines and age’. 

The card on the wreath left for the Duke of Edinburgh by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in St George’s Chapel was handwritten by Meghan, who is watching the funeral on television from her home in the US.

Meghan and Harry personally chose the locally-sourced flowers for their tribute – including Acanthus mollis (Bear’s breeches), the national flower of Greece, to represent Philip’s heritage, and Eryngium (sea holly), to represent the Royal Marines.

The wreath also features campanula for gratitude and everlasting love, rosemary to signify remembrance, lavender for devotion, and roses in honour of June being Philip’s birth month.

Meghan, who is expecting the couple’s second child, is watching proceedings from more than 5,000 miles away in California after doctors advised her not to fly.

She had hoped to attend, but the Duke of Sussex is at the funeral alone. 

The floral wreath was designed and handmade by Willow Crossley, who was in charge of the flower arrangements for Harry and Meghan’s evening wedding celebrations in Frogmore Gardens. 

Prince William (centre) and Prince Harry (right) walked either side of their cousin Peter Phillips (left) at Windsor Castle today

Prince William (left) and Prince Harry (right) walk either side of Peter Phillips and behind Prince Andrew at Windsor today

Prince William (left) and Prince Harry (right) walk either side of Peter Phillips and behind Prince Andrew at Windsor today

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex walk either side of Peter Phillips during the procession at Windsor today

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex walk either side of Peter Phillips during the procession at Windsor today

Prince William and Prince Harry follow the hearse towards St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle this afternoon

Prince William and Prince Harry follow the hearse towards St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle this afternoon

Prince Charles and Princess Anne walk in front of Andrew and Edward;  William, Peter Phillips and Harry at Windsor today

Prince Charles and Princess Anne walk in front of Andrew and Edward;  William, Peter Phillips and Harry at Windsor today

Prince Harry walking in the procession at Windsor Castle today during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Harry walking in the procession at Windsor Castle today during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

Members of the Royal Family walk behind the Land Rover which carries Philip's coffin at his funeral in Windsor today

Members of the Royal Family walk behind the Land Rover which carries Philip’s coffin at his funeral in Windsor today

Members of the Royal Family walk behind the adapted Land Rover at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle this afternoon

(Left, from front) Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince William, Earl of Snowdon, (centre) Peter Phillips, (and right, from front) Princess Anne, Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Edward and Prince Harry during the funeral today

(Left, from front) Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince William, Earl of Snowdon, (centre) Peter Phillips, (and right, from front) Princess Anne, Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Edward and Prince Harry during the funeral today

(Left to right) The Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence today

(Left to right) The Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence today

 

Members of the Royal Family walk through the grounds of Windsor Castle this afternoon during the funeral procession

Members of the Royal Family walk through the grounds of Windsor Castle this afternoon during the funeral procession 

She also arranged the flowers for the christening of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie in the private chapel in Windsor Castle, and for the launch event for the Hubb Community cookbook at Kensington Palace.

William and Harry’s special bond with the Duke of Edinburgh 

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex’s affection for their ‘Grandpa’ the Duke of Edinburgh was always to clear to see.

On official engagements, William and Harry were often captured side by side with Philip, usually in fits of laughter at something the duke had said.

Both enjoyed his witty and entertaining company and greatly admired his decades of dedication to duty and the loyal support he showed to the Queen.

Philip, William and Harry together at Sandhurst in April 2006

Philip, William and Harry together at Sandhurst in April 2006

In a tribute released on Monday, William described his grandfather as a ‘extraordinary man’. He heralded his ‘mischievous sense of humour’, adding: ‘I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.’

William shared a poignant personal photograph taken by the Duchess of Cambridge of their eldest son Prince George, aged just two, riding in a carriage with his great grandfather in 2015. ‘I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!’ William said.

Harry described Philip as ‘a man of service, honour and great humour, adding that ‘he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end’. William and Harry spent their childhood summers enjoying barbecues cooked by Philip at Balmoral, as well as shooting, hunting and fishing, which was also much loved by the duke, on the Aberdeenshire estate.

The trio all shared a love of polo and outdoor life. As a royal patriarch, adored by his eight grandchildren, Philip was a larger than life character who even kept his royal relatives on their toes.

Harry said: ‘He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next.’ In a nod to Philip’s well-known impatience, Harry added: ‘While I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’ So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself.’

As a military man who served with distinction in the Second World War, Philip was proud of his grandsons for their own service in the armed forces. When William and Harry’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales died suddenly in a car crash when they were just 15 and 12, the brothers were staying at Balmoral with their grandparents. The duke and the Queen supported the boys during the difficult days ahead.

Philip is said to have offered William and Harry ‘gruff tenderness and outdoor activities like stalking and hiking to tire them out’. Ahead of Diana’s funeral, he is said to have told the brothers as plans were being made for them to walk behind the princess’ funeral cortege ‘If I walk, will you walk with me?’

On the day, Philip joined the princes as they made the heartbreaking procession through central London in honour of the princess. The duke could be stern and it is not known what he made of the Megxit debacle when Harry quit as a senior working royal for a new life in the US with the Duchess of Sussex. Nor is it known whether Philip was aware of or what he made of the fall out from the Sussexes’ bombshell Oprah interview in which they accused the royal family of racism. 

The Duke of York told on Sunday how Philip kept calm in a crisis, adding: ‘If you had a problem, he would think about it. That’s the great thing that I always think about, that he was always somebody you could go to and he would always listen.’ 

In 2012, William and Harry visited Philip together in hospital while he was being treated for a bladder infection during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and they did so again as a duo after he had abdominal surgery in 2013.

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Meghan is known for her skill at calligraphy and previously used to write wedding invitations.

Meanwhile, speaking about William and Harry, a source told the Daily Mirror yesterday: ‘Tensions are still obviously running high, a lot has been said and wounds are still very raw. 

‘But there is a realisation that everyone does need to reach some form of resolution, if only for the Queen, who has said it is her wish that the family comes together. 

‘The family has been united in grief this week and it has given a lot of people pause for thought.

‘It is certainly hoped that the period of unity from the darkness of the Duke’s passing can be used as a catalyst to come together instead of letting the passage of time deepen divisions.’

The group were led by the duke’s two elder children, with the Prince of Wales, 72, on the right and the Princess Royal, 70, on the left. 

They were followed by the Duke of York, 61, and the Earl of Wessex, 57. 

Philip’s three adult grandsons were next, with William on the ‘elder brother’ column behind Charles and Andrew, while Harry was behind Anne and Edward.

Between them was Anne’s son Peter, 43. Although he is older than William, he is not a direct heir to the throne. 

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Earl of Snowdon followed behind the trio, with Philip’s staff bringing up the rear.

Tensions within the family saw the Queen change the dress code for the occasion. 

A royal ceremonial funeral normally involves honorary military uniforms – but Philip’s mourners were wearing day dress instead. 

The monarch was forced to step in over behind the scene tensions after Prince Andrew insisted on wearing an admiral’s uniform, which other members of the Royal Family did not believe he was entitled to do.

This meant Harry – who has been stripped of his titles after quitting as a working royal – would have been the only member of the family not to be wearing military dress.

As an ex-serviceman he would only have been entitled to a lounge suit and medals. 

Earlier this week the Daily Mail revealed that the Queen had ordered day dress to be worn by everyone to defuse the issue.

Last night the Duke of Sussex was finishing his quarantine after flying in from California. His pregnant wife Meghan Markle and 21-month-old son Archie did not travel. 

This afternoon, the Duke of Edinburgh’s ‘unwavering loyalty’ to the Queen and his ‘courage, fortitude and faith’ was marked at his funeral. 

After 73 years of marriage, the Queen said farewell to Philip during the televised funeral service today, attended by a small group of close family and friends.

Covid regulations have reduced the scope of the service with public elements cancelled, mourners reduced from around 800 to just 30, and all guests wearing face masks and sitting apart. 

No sermon was delivered during the ceremonial royal service, in keeping with Philip’s wishes.

His love of the sea and long association with the Royal Navy permeates the Order of Service, with the music chosen by the duke including the hymn Eternal Father, Strong To Save – traditionally associated with seafarers and the maritime armed services. 

The Dean of Windsor, in the Bidding, paid tribute to Philip’s ‘kindness, humour and humanity’.

‘With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us,’ he said of Philip, who died aged 99 on April 9.

‘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. 

‘Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity.’

The Prince of Wales and Princess Royal will lead the Duke of York, Earl of Wessex and other family members walking behind the duke’s coffin, carried on a Land Rover hearse he helped design, during the funeral procession which the Queen will join, travelling by car.

Royal brothers the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex, who have a troubled relationship, did not walk shoulder to shoulder but with their cousin Peter Phillips between them.

Philip’s love of carriage-driving was a poignant feature of his funeral, with his carriage, which he designed, and ponies making an appearance.

The polished dark green four-wheeled carriage, accompanied by two of Philip’s grooms, stood in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle as the duke’s coffin was carried past in the procession.

Prince Harry bows his head as he stands next to Prince William during the ceremonial procession at Windsor this afternoon

Prince Harry bows his head as he stands next to Prince William during the ceremonial procession at Windsor this afternoon

Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Peter Phillips, Prince William and Prince Harry at Windsor Castle this afternoon

Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Peter Phillips, Prince William and Prince Harry at Windsor Castle this afternoon

(Front row, from left) Prince Charles, Princess Anne, (second row, from left) Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, (third row, from left) Prince William, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry and (back row, from left) Earl of Snowdon and Sir Timothy Laurence

(Front row, from left) Prince Charles, Princess Anne, (second row, from left) Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, (third row, from left) Prince William, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry and (back row, from left) Earl of Snowdon and Sir Timothy Laurence

Senior members of the Royal Family walk in the funeral procession towards St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle today

Prince Harry walks behind Prince William (left, rear) as members of the Royal Family enter St George's Chapel this afternoon

Prince Harry walks behind Prince William (left, rear) as members of the Royal Family enter St George’s Chapel this afternoon 

Members of the Royal Family stand inside St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for Prince Philip's funeral this afternoon

Members of the Royal Family stand inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for Prince Philip’s funeral this afternoon

Prince William stands in front of Prince Harry as the brothers enter St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle this afternoon

Prince William stands in front of Prince Harry as the brothers enter St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle this afternoon

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew (left) sits alone, with Princess Anne and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence between them

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew (left) sits alone, with Princess Anne and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence between them

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit opposite Prince Harry at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit opposite Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle this afternoon 

The Duchess of Cambridge stands inside St George's Chapel, with the Countess of Wessex and her children to Kate's left

The Duchess of Cambridge stands inside St George’s Chapel, with the Countess of Wessex and her children to Kate’s left

 

Among the mourners were the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Wessex and her children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise.

Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were invited.

Also attending were the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, three of Philip’s German relatives and his close friend Countess Mountbatten of Burma.  

The Queen was photographed driving in the grounds of Windsor Castle yesterday and during the day was back at work receiving calls from General David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia, and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

It is understood the calls were made by the national figures to convey their condolences to the Queen.

Philip’s children and grandchildren have been paying tribute to his life and legacy, and welcoming the support and warm words from the public who have left flowers and cards. 

The Duchess of Cambridge steps out of a car at Windsor Castle at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge steps out of a car at Windsor Castle at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral this afternoon

Kate Middleton travels in the back of a car at Windsor Castle today as she arrives for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

Kate Middleton travels in the back of a car at Windsor Castle today as she arrives for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Windsor Castle this afternoon for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral service

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Windsor Castle this afternoon for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral service

Kate Middleton looks out of her car window as she arrives at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince William this afternoon

Kate Middleton looks out of her car window as she arrives at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince William this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Windsor Castle this afternoon for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Windsor Castle this afternoon for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh 

Cars leave Kensington Palace in London this afternoon with a police escort for Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Kensington Palace this afternoon for Prince Philip's funeral at Windsor Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Kensington Palace this afternoon for Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle

Prince William is pictured this afternoon as he leaves Kensington Palace for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral at Windsor Castle

Prince William is pictured this afternoon as he leaves Kensington Palace for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at Windsor Castle

The Duke of Edinburgh looks out of the car window as he leaves Kensington Palace today to be driven to Windsor Castle

The Duke of Edinburgh looks out of the car window as he leaves Kensington Palace today to be driven to Windsor Castle

Floral tributes are seen in a car leaving Kensington Palace in West London this afternoon ahead of Prince Philip's funeral

Floral tributes are seen in a car leaving Kensington Palace in West London this afternoon ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral

In the grounds of Windsor Castle yesterday, the Earl and Countess of Wessex viewed cards and flowers left by the public and appeared touched by the tributes to the duke.

While looking over handwritten letters from children, Sophie could be heard saying ‘how sweet’ before speaking to her husband Edward about the number of bouquets that have been gathered.

She was also heard to suggest there would have been many more tributes if coronavirus restrictions had not been in place.

The couple, who were joined by their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, spent around 15 minutes looking at hundreds of flowers and wreaths outside St George’s Chapel.

Among them were floral tributes from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Royal Navy – which the duke was associated with for much of his life. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to Oprah Winfrey in their bombshell interview which was first aired on March 7

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to Oprah Winfrey in their bombshell interview which was first aired on March 7

Prince William (left, with his wife Kate Middleton) and Prince Harry (right, with his wife Meghan Markle) were last seen in public together at the Commonwealth Service with other royals at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9, 2020

Prince William (left, with his wife Kate Middleton) and Prince Harry (right, with his wife Meghan Markle) were last seen in public together at the Commonwealth Service with other royals at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9, 2020

The Duke of Edinburgh (front centre) walks next to Lady Louise Windsor (left) and in front of (from left) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on Christmas Day 2017

The Duke of Edinburgh (front centre) walks next to Lady Louise Windsor (left) and in front of (from left) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on Christmas Day 2017

Prince William laughs with his grandfather Prince Philip (centre) at the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in October 2015

Prince William laughs with his grandfather Prince Philip (centre) at the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in October 2015

Prince Harry smiles with Prince Philip as Kate Middleton and Prince William laugh at Buckingham Palace in June 2014

Prince Harry smiles with Prince Philip as Kate Middleton and Prince William laugh at Buckingham Palace in June 2014

Prince Charles and Prince Philip walk in front of Prince William and Prince Harry as they leave Westminster Hall to make their way to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service of the Queen Mother in London in April 2002

Prince Charles and Prince Philip walk in front of Prince William and Prince Harry as they leave Westminster Hall to make their way to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service of the Queen Mother in London in April 2002

Prince Philip, William, Charles Spencer, Harry and Charles walk during Princess Diana's funeral in September 1997

Prince Philip, William, Charles Spencer, Harry and Charles walk during Princess Diana’s funeral in September 1997

Lord Chartres, a former bishop of London, said the Queen would be under ‘extraordinary pressure’ during the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral as she mourns her husband in public.

The retired Church of England bishop, who was understood to be close to Philip, told BBC Radio 4’s Today: ‘I hope that today people really will be sending up a prayer for the Queen and for the other members of the royal family because having to grieve in public is an extraordinary pressure and something that most of us would not really want to do.

‘But it is part of their life and their world, and I hope today, and I’m sure, that people won’t forget the personal dimension in the formal ceremonies.’

Lord Chartres said the duke had a ‘very practical’ Christian faith, adding: ‘I always remember preaching on occasions which he was principal actor that the instruction would always come down: ‘No more than four minutes’.

‘He was at home with broad church, high church and low church, but what he really liked was short church, and I think that-one was left in no doubt about that.The peer described Philip as a ‘very questioning, curious and deeply committed person’.

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