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Queen Elizabeth II Mourns At Prince Philip’s Funeral Who Was Her “Strength And Stay” Once

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Queen Elizabeth II led Britain in one minute’s silence on April 17, in the memory of her late husband, Prince Philip. The Queen was seen mourning as she bid her “Strength and stay”a final farewell at the funeral.

The funeral was arranged, maintaining the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The Queen at Prince Philip’s Funeral

The 94-year-old monarch sat alone inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle as the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin arrived on a bespoke Land Rover which he designed himself. In the pictures released from the funeral, the Queen is seen isolated in the church and quietly bowing her head.

Many social media reacted to the picture by calling it the depiction of grief one feels after losing someone so close. According to reports, there were no eulogies at the funeral but Prince Philip was remembered for his “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen.

Tributes were paid all from all over the world, reflecting the long and prosperous life of the Duke of Edinburgh who was described by royals as the so-called “grandfather of the nation”. As the funeral took place on the afternoon of April 17, the Queen bid a farewell to her beloved husband – her “strength and stay” through 73 years of marriage.

The ceremony was started with a military gun, marking the beginning of the solemn tribute. 30 mourners attended the same which took place entirely behind the castle’s stately walls, in order to maintain distance from the public.

However, small crowds were gathered in Windsor town centre, and on the sweeping Long Walk to the castle gates, behind barriers patrolled by uniformed police.

Ieuan Jones travelled to the town from his home in the Welsh capital. He called the prince “a strong man, a true hero (who) did so much for this country and the royal family”. He said, “It’s really a shame that because of the pandemic we can’t pay a wider tribute to the exceptional man he was.”

The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9, aged 99, weeks after being released following a month-long stay in hospital for treatment of a heart condition and an infection.