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Six key moments from Prince Philip’s funeral, from Land Rovers to Fell ponies

Tom Ambrose
·3 min read
<p>Pallbearers carry the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin </p> (PA Wire)

Pallbearers carry the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin

(PA Wire)

For all the talk of Prince Philip’s funeral being “slimmed down”, viewers watching the service on TV might not have noticed much of a difference from the regal pageantry we have come to expect.

Flag-waving royalists gathered in Windsor, classic cars took centre stage and some 730 military personnel marched in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

The funeral was marked with a nationwide minute’s silence, as major sporting events, including Premier League football and Billie Jean King Cup tennis, were moved to avoid clashing with the service.

After an emotional ceremony Prince Harry was reunited with his brother William and the pair engaged in a private chat.

Here we took at these and a few other key moments from the funeral.

Prince Philip’s children and grandchildren follow funeral procession

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral procession started with pallbearers lowering his coffin onto a customised Land Rover, which the duke helped design himself.

Senior members of the Royal Family then followed the hearse to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, with Prince Charles and Princess Anne leading the way.

Behind them were the Earl of Wessex, Duke of York, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Duke of Cambridge, Vice Admiral Tim Lawrence and the Earl of Snowdon.

Walking behind Philip’s family were members of Philip’s household, while in front of the coffin were Services chiefs.

After every minute of the procession, which lasted eight minutes, a gun was fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn of Windsor Castle.

The return of Prince Harry

Prince Harry walks in the processionAP
Prince Harry walks in the processionAP

There was a lot of discussion about Prince Harry coming back to the UK for the first time since he and his wife Meghan Markle left for the USA.

Despite the brothers’ very public falling out, Prince William fell back to speak to his brother as the family left the chapel.

Prince Philip’s 16-year hearse project finally sees action

Members of the Royal Family follow the hearseREUTERS
Members of the Royal Family follow the hearseREUTERS

Philip’s custom-built Land Rover Defender hearse, designed by the duke and modified over 16 years, carried his coffin to St George’s Chapel.

The Defender TD5 130 chassis cab vehicle was made at Land Rover’s factory in Solihull in 2003, the year he turned 82.

With its heavy-duty wheels and angular structure, the polished sturdy, utilitarian vehicle stands as a showcase for the duke’s practical nature and his passion for functional design and engineering.

The duke’s favourite ponies put in an appearance

Fell ponies Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw StormAP
Fell ponies Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw StormAP

A small red container placed upon the seat of the duke’s driving carriage served as a poignant reminder of his love of horses.

The item was one of four personal effects carefully selected to accompany the four-wheeled carriage, pulled by Fell ponies Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm.

The red pot itself was actually used to store sugar lumps which Philip would give his ponies after carriage-driving.

The container was delicately placed next to his cap, whip and brown gloves, and served as a visual reminder of the late duke’s carriage-driving.

The Queen sat alone throughout socially-distanced service

The Queen takes sat alone for the funeral of the Duke of EdinburghPA Wire
The Queen takes sat alone for the funeral of the Duke of EdinburghPA Wire

In a sign of the times, the Queen sat alone as she paid tribute to Prince Philip at his funeral at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

Wearing a black face mask she arrived at St George’s Chapel in a Bentley, to remember her husband of 73 years.

Due to strict coronavirus restrictions the monarch was forced to sit through the 50 minute service by herself.

Crowds defy requests to stay away

Members of the public defied requests to watch the funeral at home and travelled to Windsor Castle to mourn the death of Prince Philip in person.

Sitting on the benches outside the castle, royal fans said they were keen to pay their respects.

One royalist, Adam, 47, from north London said he “just had to come - there was no way I wasn’t coming”.

Kaya Mar, 64, who travelled from south-east London and is a professional satirical artist, said: “I’ve come here to pay my tribute.”

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

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