Queen, Charles, William and Harry lead mourners at Philip's funeral

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry have led mourners at Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

The duke's coffin, draped in Philip's personal flag, his naval cap and sword and topped with a wreath of lilies and roses, chosen by the Queen, emerged from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle into the Quadrangle on Saturday, followed by senior members of the royal family.

Philip's coffin was given a royal salute before it was placed onto a specially adapted Land Rover.

The Duke of Edinburgh's children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward followed the Land Rover from Windsor Castle to nearby St George's Chapel for the afternoon service.

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The Queen arriving at Prince Philip's funeral
The Queen was pictured arriving at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Photo: Getty Images
The Queen at Prince Philip's funeral
The Queen cut a lonely figure as she sat alone in the church. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Philip's coffin
Prince Philip's coffin was carried in a custom-designed Land Rover. Photo: Getty Images

Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Earl of Snowdon, Philip’s personal protection officer, private secretary, two pages and two valets were also in the procession. 

The Queen followed the funeral procession through the grounds of the castle, joined in a state Bentley by a lady-in-waiting, the first time her husband has gone ahead of her in more than 60 years.

Th Duke of Edinburgh has been honoured with a ceremonial royal funeral at St George's Chapel.

Senior members of the royals walking behind Prince Philip's coffin
Senior members of the royal family walked in a procession behind Prince Philip's coffin. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Harry and Prince William at Prince Philip's funeral
Prince Harry and Prince William were reunited at the service, with their cousin Peter Phillips standing in between them. Photo: Getty Images
Camilla and Charles at Prince Philip's funeral
Camilla and Prince Charles looked solemn as they sat inside St George's Chapel. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Charles walking behind Prince Philip's coffin
Prince Charles fought back tears as he walked behind his father's coffin. Photo: Getty Images

Philip's funeral began with a nationwide one minute's silence at 3pm before the coffin was taken into the quire for the service, led by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

There were no readings or eulogies from the royal family, in line with other royal funerals.

The Duke of Edinburgh's naval career permeated the service, with references to the oceans and a hymn associated with seafarers sung by a small choir, who sang songs chosen by the duke.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, only 30 members of the royal family were permitted to attend Prince Philip's funeral. 

Kate Middleton at Prince Philip's funeral
Kate Middleton paid homage to the Queen and Diana with her choice of necklace at the service. Photo: Getty Images
Royals at Prince Philip's funeral
Beatrice and Eugenie waited outside the church for their grandfather's coffin to arrive. Photo: Getty Images
Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie at Prince Philip's funeral
Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie at Prince Philip's service. Photo: Getty Images
Princess Beatrice of York and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at Prince Philip's funeral
Princess Beatrice of York and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Photo: Getty Images

The Queen cut a lonely figure as she sat alone in the chapel with her head lowered for most of the service. 

Every member of the royal family wore masks throughout the ceremony. 

Camilla, Kate Middleton, Princess Eugenie. Princess Beatrice Zara Tindall and Sophie Wessex were all seen arriving at Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral, all wearing black face masks and fascinators. 

At the end of the service, the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin was lowered into the royal vault. 

Members of the royal family exited the church together, where Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton were captured chatting and walking together, perhaps in an effort to put rumours of their royal rift to bed. 

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