Queen shares favourite photo of Prince Philip on eve of his funeral

Alonzo Simpson
April 17, 2021

Because of coronavirus restrictions only 30 mourners will attend the funeral service, including Queen Elizabeth II, her four children and her eight grandchildren.

During the Service, the Choir will sing "Eternal Father, Strong to Save", an adaption of Psalm 104 and Benjamin Britten's "Jubilate in C", a piece specially commissioned by The Duke of Edinburgh for the St George's Chapel Choir, which has been sung in the Chapel over many years.

Their presence around Windsor Castle has been described as a "ring of steel".

Only Queen Elizabeth and members of Prince Philip's family have been invited to attend - leaving notable names like Prime Minister Boris Johnson off the guest list.

Ceremonies were held in Sweden and Denmark, while birds from the Royal Pigeon Racing Association were released from the National Memorial Arboretum in central England.

Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died April 9 at age 99.

Britain´s longest-serving royal consort was an nearly constant presence at the Queen´s side during her record-breaking reign that began in 1952 as Britain rebuilt from World War II and as its global empire began to unravel. The couple was together for 73 years, making Prince Philip the longest-serving consort in British history.

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Images of key moments in the couple´s marriage were also shared on the royal family´s social media accounts, as most newspapers reflected on her deep personal loss. But Dean of Windsor David Conner will say the country has been enriched by Philip's "unwavering loyalty to our queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith". Those wishes, along with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has meant his funeral will be very different from a traditional royal send-off.

Armed forces bands will play hymns and classical music before the funeral service, which will also be preceded by a UK-wide minute of silence.

Princess Diana wearing the Japanese pearl choker and Bahrain pearl and diamond earrings at a banquet at Hampton Court for the Dutch Royal family in 1982
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The mourners include Prince Harry, Prince William and his wife Kate, and the four children of the Queen and the duke, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

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Meghan, heavily pregnant with her second child, was advised not to travel on medical grounds. Harry has had to quarantine since arriving from Los Angeles. She will have a face covering on during the funeral.

Between them will be their cousin, Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips, 43, which will likely fuel further rumours of the rift, even if it reflects royal protocol.

The Queen at a ceremony in London's Westminster Abbey in November 2020.

Donatus and Philipp were seen arriving at Windsor together in a auto, both wearing black face masks and suits, as were all the other royals.

The royal family tweeted Friday that Philip was closely involved with the planning of his funeral before he died.

After the coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, where it will rest alongside the bodies King George III and William IV, the Buglers of the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations.

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