Queen Elizabeth of England set the example amid the COVID-19 pandemic and sat alone during the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip. Elizabeth II dressed in black, wore a black mask with a white strip, and was seen praying during the ceremony.
Prince Philip was buried on Saturday in a funeral ceremony that paid tribute to his services to the United Kingdom, the crown and Queen Elizabeth II, to whom he was married for 73 years. The ceremony included music by military bands and a royal procession escorting his coffin to the church.
Felipe died on April 9, two months before his 100th birthday. On Saturday he received honors at Windsor Castle. It was a tribute attached to the military and royal traditions, but reduced and austere, according to his personality.
The royal procession and funeral took place out of public view on the castle grounds. It was held in a 950-year-old royal residence located 30 kilometers west of London. But it could still be seen on television since it was broadcast live.
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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, instead of the 800 people expected at the event, only 30 people were able to enter the Chapel of St. George. The strict rules of social distancing were adhered to at all times. The queen was always separated from the members of her family, located in different parts of the church.
Prince Charles, heir to the throne, sat opposite the queen, along with his wife Camilla. Andrew was to the queen’s left. Prince William and his wife Kate were on the opposite side of their brother, Prince Harry.
One of the most emotional moments was the arrival of the coffin in an adapted Land Rover, according to a design by Felipe. It was covered by his banner, his Royal Navy cap, his sword, and a garland of flowers.
In the procession, military leaders preceded the vehicle. Felipe’s children, Carlos, Ana, Andrés and Eduardo, walked behind the hearse, while the 94-year-old queen arrived at the chapel in a Bentley car.
With information from The Associated Press