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Prince Philip Has Been Laid To Rest At St George's Chapel In Windsor

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Prince Philip Has Been Laid To Rest At St George's Chapel In Windsor

Prince Philip has been laid to rest during a service at St George's Chapel in Windsor today (17 April).

The Prince Consort, who recently died at the age of 99, was placed in the Royal Vault beneath the chapel.

The service, which was restricted due to the rules surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, saw 30 guests in attendance, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Prince William.

Others there were Camilla (the Duchess of Cornwall), Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, Catherine (the Duchess of Cambridge), and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.

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Prince Harry's wife Meghan Markle was not in attendance as she was told not to fly by her doctor due to the fact that she is heavily pregnant.

Footage of the Queen stood alone in the chapel as she said her goodbyes to her late husband struck a chord with the millions watching at home, with many calling the stark image 'heartbreaking'.

Prince Philip was laid to rest at St George's Chapel, Windsor. Credit: PA
Prince Philip was laid to rest at St George's Chapel, Windsor. Credit: PA

The country observed a minute's silence ahead of the service.

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Heathrow Airport halted all flights going in and out during the start of the funeral.

With the church being less than 10 miles away from the busy airport, bosses announced that no arrivals or departures would be permitted for a six-minute period.

Ahead of the service, Prince Philip's coffin was carried to the chapel in the Land Rover TD5 130 chassis cab vehicle, which he spent 16 years helping to design.

The Defender was made at Land Rover's factory in Solihull in 2003.

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Over the intervening years Prince Philip oversaw a number of modifications, including a military green repaint, the open top rear and the stops to secure his coffin in place, which were made to his exact specifications.

He is now the 25th Royal to have been buried in the 200-year-old Royal Vault 16ft beneath St George's.

His coffin was carried to the chapel on a Land Rover he helped design. Credit: PA
His coffin was carried to the chapel on a Land Rover he helped design. Credit: PA

And his remains will remain in place, behind iron gates, until the Queen dies.

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At that time, they will both be placed in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, Windsor, alongside George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Other notable royals to have been buried in the Royal Vault include George III, George IV, George V of Hanover and William IV.

Queen Victoria's father Prince Edward and Queen Mary's grandfather Prince Adolphus were buried there too.

Prince Philip's passing was announced via the Royal Family's Twitter account on 9 April.

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In a statement, Her Majesty said: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

"Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: prince philip, Queen Elizabeth II, prince william, Funeral, Royal Family, Prince Harry

Dominic Smithers
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