Prince Philip, the late husband to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, was laid to rest in East London on Saturday in an emotional farewell that took place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Only 30 people, including the Queen, 94, and her children Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew as well as grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry paid their last respects during the funeral service monitored live on BBC television.
In their tributes, the Dean of Windsor David Conner and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby hailed the Duke of Edinburgh for his “unwavering loyalty to the Queen”, and service to Britain and the Commonwealth.
Prince Philip married Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 and helped her adapt to the monarchy during the post-World War II era.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who was buried in the Royal Vault inside St. George’s Chapel, pre-planned his funeral years ago and helped to design a customised Land Rover Defender TD 130 that carried his remains and selected songs that were sung during the funeral.
Philip died aged 99 on April 9 at Windsor Castle weeks after being discharged from hospital on March 16 where he spent weeks of treatment for a heart infection.