Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had a love that lasted decades.
It was an emotional day for the 94-year-old head of the British monarchy as she put her loving 73-year-old husband to rest and said goodbye with a moving letter. The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral was held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday.
Visibly on top of Felipe’s coffin was a crown and a handwritten letter from the queen. The sentimental gesture included the queen’s stationery and a special message. The couple, who married in 1947, wrote love letters during the course of their relationship. Their romance began when Elizabeth was just 13 years old and continued until Philip’s death.
During Philip’s service, the queen sat alone on the benches of the Chapel of St. George, where she was regularly seen with her husband by her side.
Members of the royal family gathered to say goodbye. The service was attended by Prince Charles, grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and many others. Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99, leaving behind four children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
The service was an intimate affair with only 30 people present. Before his death, Felipe was involved in drawing up his own funeral plans, opting for a smaller gathering rather than a state funeral, to which he was entitled as the queen’s consort.
“He has asked, in his words, [for] “A simple matter and that is exactly what is happening at the ceremonial service that will take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle,” said Omid Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Familyhe told ET.
The televised funeral saw Philip’s coffin transported in a custom Land Rover, in which The Duke participated in the design. Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Harry and William, among others, participated in the procession, walking behind the coffin of their late grandfather.
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