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Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge (left) and The Duke of Sussex (right) ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Photo: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge (left) and The Duke of Sussex (right) ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Photo: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips and Prince Harry walking in the procession at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips and Prince Harry walking in the procession at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge (far right) waits with members of the royal family Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story FUNERAL Philip. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge (far right) waits with members of the royal family Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story FUNERAL Philip. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A knitted tapestry post box top created by the Ickenham Postbox Toppers, depicting Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip adorns the post box outside Windsor castle on April 16, 2021 in Windsor, United Kingdom. The Duke of Edinburgh travelled extensively during his Royal Naval service. As Prince Consort to HM Queen Elizabeth II he visited 144 countries, he was fluent in French and German. The youth scheme he set up in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, is now held in 143 different countries. The Duke died, age 99, at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021, and his funeral is held today, also at Windsor. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A knitted tapestry post box top created by the Ickenham Postbox Toppers, depicting Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip adorns the post box outside Windsor castle on April 16, 2021 in Windsor, United Kingdom. The Duke of Edinburgh travelled extensively during his Royal Naval service. As Prince Consort to HM Queen Elizabeth II he visited 144 countries, he was fluent in French and German. The youth scheme he set up in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, is now held in 143 different countries. The Duke died, age 99, at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021, and his funeral is held today, also at Windsor. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Queen will bid farewell to her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, this afternoon in a ceremonial funeral. Photo: PA Media.

The Queen will bid farewell to her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, this afternoon in a ceremonial funeral. Photo: PA Media.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales takes part in the Ceremonial Procession during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales takes part in the Ceremonial Procession during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince Harry arrives for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince Harry arrives for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's coffin is carried in a purpose built Land Rover during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's coffin is carried in a purpose built Land Rover during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: (L-R) The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, and the Countess of Wessex attend the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: (L-R) The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, and the Countess of Wessex attend the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles were moved to tears as the royal family paid their last respects to Prince Philip on Saturday at a funeral that celebrated his naval past, his international heritage and seven decades of service in which he helped guide the queen through repeated crises.

Elizabeth, dressed in black and in a white trimmed black mask, stood alone as the funeral service began in St George's Chapel.

Mourners at the ceremony in Windsor Castle, including Prince Charles and his sons Princes William and Harry, were restricted to just 30 and separated due to COVID-19 rules. Prince William and Harry walked into the chapel separately.

"We are here today in St George's Chapel to commit into the hands of God the soul of his servant Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, said.

"We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith."

After the nation observed a minute's silence in brilliant sunshine, Harry and William took up their places on opposite sides of the chapel with the final resting place of Tudor monarch Henry VIII dividing them.

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Members of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive at Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

Members of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive at Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

Flowers left in tribute for Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, are seen near St George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral of the Prince in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

Flowers left in tribute for Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, are seen near St George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral of the Prince in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (centre) outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021. Photo: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (centre) outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021. Photo: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

Members of the military march outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, prior to the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Members of the military march outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, prior to the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Young sailors at the Duke of Edinburgh's former school, Gordonstoun in Moray, lead a tribute aboard the school's 80ft sail training boat Ocean Spirit of Moray, on the day of his funeral, as they lay a wreath off the coast of Hopeman Harbour, where Prince Philip first learned to sail.

Young sailors at the Duke of Edinburgh's former school, Gordonstoun in Moray, lead a tribute aboard the school's 80ft sail training boat Ocean Spirit of Moray, on the day of his funeral, as they lay a wreath off the coast of Hopeman Harbour, where Prince Philip first learned to sail.

Police hold back the crowds before a coach arrives outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.  Justin Tallis/PA Wire

Police hold back the crowds before a coach arrives outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Justin Tallis/PA Wire

Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery make their way up The Long Walk towards Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor Castle, Berkshire.  Phil Noble/PA Wire

Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery make their way up The Long Walk towards Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Phil Noble/PA Wire

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury arrives at  Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, in Windsor, near London, Britain April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury arrives at Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, in Windsor, near London, Britain April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

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Members of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive at Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

The entire funeral was televised live to allow the citizens of the UK to grieve for Prince Philip following his death last week at the age of 99. Meghan Markle watched the funeral at her home in California after she was advised by her doctor not to travel while pregnant.

Earlier the Queen has left Windsor Castle to attend the funeral of her “beloved” husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

It is the first time she has been officially seen in public since she announced Philip died peacefully last Friday morning at Windsor.

The national anthem was played by military musicians after the Queen, joined by a Lady-in-Waiting, left the Sovereign’s entrance.

A Bentley carrying the head of state and her Lady-in-Waiting took up its place at the back of the funeral procession.

The Queen led a small group of close family and friends at the service for her husband of 73 years.

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Covid regulations reduced the scope of the service with public elements cancelled, mourners reduced from around 800 to just 30 and all guests wore face masks and sat apart.

The duke’s coffin could be seen draped with his personal standard, which pays tribute to his birth heritage as a Prince of Greece and Denmark, his family name and his Edinburgh title.

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The Duke of Cambridge (left) and The Duke of Sussex (right) ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Photo: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge (left) and The Duke of Sussex (right) ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Photo: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge (left) and The Duke of Sussex (right) ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Photo: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

Philip was made the Duke of Edinburgh shortly before his wedding in 1947, by his future father-in-law George VI.

Philip’s custom-built Land Rover Defender hearse, designed by the duke and modified over 16 years, was driven into the castle’s quadrangle and has stopped outside the Equerries’ entrance.

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

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The Duchess of Cambridge (far right) waits with members of the royal family Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story FUNERAL Philip. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge (far right) waits with members of the royal family Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story FUNERAL Philip. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge (far right) waits with members of the royal family Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story FUNERAL Philip. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

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.

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Carter, who is head of UK Armed Forces, along with the heads of the Army, RAF and Royal Navy, walked from the Equerries’ entrance and took up positions by the State entrance and faced the Land Rover.

"She's the queen, she will behave with the extraordinary dignity and extraordinary courage that she always does. And at the same time, she is saying farewell to someone to whom she was married for 73 years," said Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will help officiate at the service.

Philip, who married Elizabeth in 1947, helped the young queen adapt the monarchy to the changing world of the post-World War Two era as the loss of empire and the decline of deference challenged the world's most prominent royal family.

She has now been widowed just as she grapples with one of the gravest crises to hit the royal family in decades - allegations of racism and neglect by it from her grandson Harry and his American-born wife Meghan.

Attention on Harry

Much media attention will focus on the royals' behaviour towards Harry as he made his first public appearance with the family since the couple gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey last month.

In the interview they accused one unnamed royal of making a racist comment, and said Meghan's pleas for help when she felt suicidal were ignored.

The couple, who moved to Los Angeles and quit royal duties last year, laid bare their perceptions of the family's attitudes in what amounted to a critique of the old-fashioned customs of an ancient institution.

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The Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips and Prince Harry walking in the procession at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips and Prince Harry walking in the procession at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips and Prince Harry walking in the procession at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Meghan said she had been silenced by "the Firm" while Harry said his father, Charles, had refused to take his calls. Harry said both Charles and his brother William were trapped in the royal family.

Meghan, who is pregnant, did not attend Saturday's funeral as her doctor has advised against it, Buckingham Palace said.

Mourners ditched the tradition of wearing military uniforms, a step newspapers said was to prevent embarrassment to Harry, who despite serving two tours in Afghanistan during his army career, is not entitled to wear a uniform because he was stripped of his honorary military titles.

"We're not going to be drawn into those perceptions of drama, or anything like that," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said. "This is a funeral. The arrangements have been agreed, and they represent her majesty's wishes."

Prince Andrew, who stepped down from public duties in 2019 over controversy surrounding what he termed his "ill-judged" association with late US financier Jeffrey Epstein, had wanted to wear an admiral's uniform at the funeral, British media reported.

Queen alone

The palace had emphasised that while the occasion will have the due pageantry that marks the passing of a senior royal, it remains an occasion for a mourning family to mark the passing of a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

There was just 30 mourners inside the chapel for the service because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Philip's dedication to his duty earned him widespread popularity in Britain, but he was also criticised by some for a number of off-the-cuff racist or abrupt comments which shocked princes, priests and presidents.

"He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm and also because you never knew what he might say next," Harry said of his grandfather.

British television stations have cleared their schedules to show the funeral and millions are due to watch, though there have been over 100,000 complaints to the British Broadcasting Corporation over its blanket coverage since Philip died.

Philip was a decorated Royal Navy veteran of World War Two and his funeral, much of which was planned in meticulous detail by the prince himself, will have a strong military feel, with personnel from across the armed forces playing prominent roles.



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