The British royal family Saturday bade farewell to Prince Philip, the country’s longest-serving royal consort.
The Queen sat alone, surrounded by empty seats in St. George’s chapel at Windsor Castle, and watched her husband of over 73 years being lowered into the royal vault in a funeral without precedent in the monarchy’s long history. Due to the pandemic, only 30 members of Prince Philip’s family were allowed to attend the service in person.
Her grandson Prince Harry also sat alone. It was his first public appearance with the royal family since he and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gave a tell-all interview to the media mogul Oprah Winfrey in the United States last month.
Ahead of the funeral, riders from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery made their way up the Long Walk toward Windsor Castle, and military personnel and royal guards all in ceremonial dress took up their positions in Windsor’s Quadrangle beneath a blue sky.
Rows of military marching musicians played pieces of music, including “I Vow to Thee My Country” and “Jerusalem,” after members of the royal family not in the procession departed for St. George’s Chapel.
Born a prince of Greece and Denmark on the island of Corfu in 1921,Prince Philip served with distinction in the Royal Navy during World War II and then married the queen—then still Princess Elizabeth. He had been by her side since she became queen in 1952. He died on April 9, aged 99.