Britain’s Prince Philip, who died last week at the age of 99, was buried in a crypt at Windsor Castle on Saturday after mass. The service lasted fifty minutes and was very discreet.
The body of the Duke of Edinburgh was transported in a converted Land Rover he designed himself to St George’s Chapel, where the service was held.
Thirty guests were present at the church. No personal speeches were made during the service, but this is also not uncommon at British royal funerals. Biblical texts were read and there was singing. All guests wore a mouth mask during the ceremony and Queen Elizabeth (94) was alone due to Corona procedures.
At 2.45 pm (3.45 pm Dutch time) the funeral procession began to move. The British Grenadier Guards Corps led the way. Some senior military officials followed. The Land Rover was surrounded by a few Royal Navy personnel and a number of military representatives with a special connection to the Prince.
Behind the sarcophagus was a small part of the British royal family, including Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Then, the grandchildren Prince Harry and William followed him. The two brothers were separated in a procession behind the coffin by their cousin Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s eldest son.
The box includes Philip’s military hat and sword, and a personal flag that includes items from his life, such as his Danish background.
Due to the Corona crisis, no audience was welcomed to the funeral. Several hundred people stood around the castle, but the police call not to come to Windsor appears to have worked largely out. The service was also broadcast on national television and radio. It’s not a state funeral, as Prince Philip didn’t want it. Shortly before the ceremony began, there was a minute of silence across the UK.