Queen Elizabeth II‘s late husband, who died on April 9 at age 99, was laid to relaxation with Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry in attendance. The household wearing black to mourn and wore face masks to maintain themselves and others secure amid the coronavirus pandemic. Contained in the chapel, those that got here collectively to pay their respects have been seated somewhat far apart to maintain according to social distancing pointers. The queen, 94, sat by herself.
Shortly after Buckingham Palace confirmed that Philip “handed away peacefully” at residence, a supply informed Us Weekly completely that the service would be ceremonial fairly than the normal state funeral, partially because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“They don’t want his demise to have a unfavorable affect on the U.Ok.’s pandemic protocols,” the insider added, noting that “solely a choose few will attend” in accordance with the federal government’s well being and security pointers.
With the nation nonetheless beneath lockdown till June, the royal household requested that mourners refrain from assembling outdoors of the palace to put flowers previous to the late Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial. As an alternative, a press release from the institution prompt those that are keen on honoring Philip make a charitable donation or depart a tribute in a web based e book of condolences on the royal household’s web site.
Messages from world leaders, celebrities and on a regular basis residents flooded in after information broke of Philip’s passing, paying homage to the previous naval cadet’s many years of service to his nation and household. Charles, 72, remembered his “remarkable, devoted” father with an emotional deal with at some point after his demise.
“As you may think about, my household and I miss my father enormously. He was a a lot cherished and appreciated determine,” Philip’s eldest son informed reporters of his “pricey papa” final week. “Other than the rest … I’m so deeply touched by the variety of different folks right here and elsewhere world wide and within the Commonwealth who additionally share our loss and our sorrow. … We’re deeply grateful for all that. It should maintain us on this explicit loss and at this notably unhappy time.”
The Prince of Wales was joined by his sons in celebrating the royal patriarch’s legacy. Harry returned home to London on Monday, April 12, after a second supply completely revealed that he felt “responsible” about not giving his grandfather a correct goodbye. The Duke of Sussex traveled with out his spouse, Meghan Markle, whose medical doctors deemed that she was too far along in her second pregnancy to securely fly. (The couple additionally share 23-month-old son Archie.)
Whereas she wasn’t in a position to present her help for the royal household in individual, Today reported that the Fits alum, 39, despatched a personalised wreath and handwritten word to be laid on the service.
Although all the household was “devastated” by Philip’s demise, a 3rd insider informed Us that the late royal’s family have been capable of finding “a variety of consolation in figuring out” he was by his wife’s side in his final moments.
“His last days have been very peaceable,” the supply added. “Spending time with Elizabeth, speaking with different family members, studying and stress-free in his residence setting meant all the things to Philip.”