Kate Middleton's nod to the Queen and Diana at Philip's funeral

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Members of the royal family have been photographed arriving for the funeral service of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle.  

Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall, were snapped dressed in black as they made their way to Windsor. 

Kate Middleton at Prince Philip's funeral
Kate Middleton wore a necklace from the Queen's personal collection to Prince Philip's funeral. The necklace has also been lent out to Princess Diana in the past. Photo: Getty Images
Kate Middleton in a car at Prince Philip's funeral
Kate wore a black face mask and a black fascinator with a veil. Photo: Getty Images

Kate Middleton wore a black fascinator with a lace veil and a diamond choker from the Queen's personal jewellery collection. The necklace was also once worn by Princess Diana in 1982 after the Queen lent it to her for a royal trip to the Netherlands.  

Kate Middleton paired the necklace with a pair of pearl drop earrings.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton pictured arriving at Prince Philip's funeral
Prince William and Kate Middleton have arrived at Prince Philip's funeral. Photo: Getty Images
Kate Middleton with Prince William and Prince Harry in a car
Kate Middleton was seen wearing the necklace in 2017 when she attended the Queen and Prince Philip's 70th wedding anniversary dinner. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Philip died at the age of 99 last Friday, after a month-long stay in hospital. 

Princes William and Prince Harry, who have faced difficulties in their relationship over the last few months, will walk separately in the funeral procession for their grandfather. 

Although the funeral has been scaled down because of COVID-19 restrictions, many traditional elements will remain, with a military procession inside the castle and pall bearers from units with close links to Philip.

Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips arrive for the funeral service of Britain's Prince Philip
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall were spotted arriving at Windsor. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Charles attends the funeral service of his father, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Charles was pictured wearing a mask as he made his way to Windsor. Photo: Getty Images

However, in place of the usual hearse, Philip's body will be taken from its current resting place to St George's Chapel on a bespoke Land Rover which has been modified to carry a coffin - in keeping with Philip's original plans for the funeral

Earlier today, the duke's German family, paid tribute to him in the hours before his funeral.

His great-niece Princess Xania, whose brother Prince Phillipp will be one of the 30 mourners at the ceremony, said: "To all of us, he was an idol, he was somebody to look up to, we had enormous respect for him and it was always very exciting when he came to visit, and he came often."

Mike Tindall, the husband of Zara, one of the duke's granddaughters, called him a "devoted family man who we will forever miss but always love".

Penny Brabourne, Countess Mountbatten of Burma at Prince Philip's funeral
Penny Brabourne, Countess Mountbatten of Burma arrives for the funeral service. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh smiles during a visit to the headquarters of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force
Prince Philip died last Friday at the age of 99. Photo: Getty Images

The ceremony, which includes many traditional elements of a Church of England funeral as well as several of his own requests, will honour the duke's "unwavering loyalty" to the Queen and the courage, fortitude and faith".

There will be several readings but no sermon, in line with his wishes.

Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage wrote a poem to mark the passing of the duke, entitled The Patriarchs – An Elegy, which was released on Saturday and set to images of Philip on the royal family's social media.

It reads: "On such an occasion / to presume to eulogise one man is to pipe up / for a whole generation – that crew whose survival / was always the stuff of minor miracle, / who came ashore in orange-crate coracles, / fought ingenious wars, finagled triumphs at sea / with flaming decoy boats, and side-stepped torpedoes."

Crowds have been warned not to gather in Windsor on Saturday, with none of the ceremony visible to the general public.

With extra reporting by Rebecca C Taylor

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