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Prince Philip funeral: photos from a royal tribute amid a pandemic

Philip, who died on April 9, two months shy of his 100th birthday, was honored at Windsor Castle in a service that was steeped in military and royal tradition but also pared down and infused with his own personality.

Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Anne (front row), Prince Andrew, Prince Edward (middle row), Prince William (back row), Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, along with David Armstrong-Jones the Earl of Snowdon and Tim Laurence follow the coffin in a ceremonial procession for the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Saturday April 17, 2021.
Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Anne (front row), Prince Andrew, Prince Edward (middle row), Prince William (back row), Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, along with Earl of Snowdon and Tim Laurence follow the coffin in a ceremonial procession for the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Saturday April 17, 2021.
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WINDSOR, England — As military bands played and a procession of royals escorted his coffin to the church, Prince Philip was laid to rest Saturday in a funeral ceremony that honored his lifetime of service to the U.K., the crown and his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II.

The widowed British monarch, setting an example amid the coronavirus pandemic, sat alone at the ceremony, dressed in black and with her head bowed in prayer.

British newspapers showing coverage of the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip are displayed in London, on Sunday.
British newspapers showing coverage of the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip are displayed in London, on Sunday.
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Philip, who died on April 9, two months shy of his 100th birthday, was honored at Windsor Castle in a service that was steeped in military and royal tradition but also pared down and infused with his own personality. The entire royal procession and funeral took place out of public view on the grounds of the castle, a 950-year-old royal residence 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of London, but was shown live on television.

People across Britain observed one minute of silence in honor of Philip just before the funeral got underway.

Coronavirus restrictions meant that instead of the expected 800 mourners, only 30 people were allowed inside the castle’s St. George’s Chapel, including the queen, her four children and her eight grandchildren.

Following the strict social distancing rules that England is still under, the queen set an example even in grief, sitting apart from family members who were arrayed around the church.

Here are some images from Saturday’s funeral:

The casket of Prince Philip is driven past the Round Tower during the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Saturday April 17, 2021.
The casket of Prince Philip is driven past the Round Tower during the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Saturday April 17, 2021.
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II follows the coffin in a car as it makes it’s way past the Round Tower during the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Saturday April 17, 2021.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II follows the coffin in a car as it makes it’s way past the Round Tower during the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Saturday April 17, 2021.
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Officers of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive for the Gun Salute for the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Officers of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive for the Gun Salute for the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Saturday, April 17, 2021.
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The coffin is carried up the steps of St George’s Chapel during the procession of Britain Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021.
The coffin is carried up the steps of St George’s Chapel during the procession of Britain Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021.
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People observe a minute’s silence for Britain’s Prince Philip at Piccadilly Circus in London Saturday, April 17, 2021. Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died April 9 at the age of 99.
People observe a minute’s silence for Britain’s Prince Philip at Piccadilly Circus in London Saturday, April 17, 2021. Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died April 9 at the age of 99.
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A woman wears a face covering with a picture of the Duke of Edinburgh as he walks along the Long Walk in Windsor on Saturday.
A woman wears a face covering with a picture of the Duke of Edinburgh as he walks along the Long Walk in Windsor on Saturday.
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Prince Charles follows the coffin of his father Britain’s Prince Philip during the funeral inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Prince Charles follows the coffin of his father Britain’s Prince Philip during the funeral inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
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Queen Elizabeth watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh during his funeral, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021.
Queen Elizabeth (top left) watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh during his funeral, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021.
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Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, bows her head, at the Galilee Porch of St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, on Saturday, during the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, bows her head at the Galilee Porch of St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, on Saturday, during the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip.
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Prince William and Prince Harry follow the coffin during a procession arriving at St George’s Chapel for the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Prince William and Prince Harry follow the coffin during a procession arriving at St George’s Chapel for the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Saturday, April 17, 2021.
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sits alone in St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who had been by her side for 73 years, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sits alone in St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who had been by her side for 73 years, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021.
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