The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral took place today, 17 April, at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 3pm.
Prince Philip and the Queen were wed for73 years and he had been by her side from the start of her reign in 1952, making him the longest-serving accompaniment in British history. He died at the age of 99 on 9 April.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, just 30 mourners were able to attend the funeral service in a scaled-back affair that included the prince’s close family and friends. It was commanded by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Queen Elizabeth II was supported by her lady-in-waiting Girl Susan, on the day, who rode with her Majesty en route to the funeral service. However the Queen sat alone during the service as social distancing between homes is mandatory under government assistance.
A sombre picture of the Queen sitting alone in the chapel has actually touched many people online, who have revealed their grief and compassion for the king.
One person composed: “The Queen. Alone in the church. So extremely vulnerable. Yet extremely public display of solidarity with so many who have had to deal with loss in previous year. Appears so unreasonable that any 94 years of age has to withstand such loss so alone. Although perhaps she would have had it that way anyhow.”
Another said: “Respect … a powerful photo: a Queen alone and in sorrow.”
A single person composed: “Such a solemn and poignant photo.HRH The Queen alone for the very first time in over 70 years with out her beloved Philip by her side! God Bless Our Queen.”
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One Twitter user composed: “Seeing our Queen alone at her spouses funeral service was heartbreaking. A beautiful sophisticated service. RIP Your Royal Highness.”
The image has been shared commonly and has actually been hailed as one that “will be remembered permanently”. It has likewise been said that while she was sat alone, she had “the love of a country around her”.
Another Twitter user composed: “Images today of the Queen alone will be remembered permanently. Nobody should be resting on their own at the funeral service of an enjoyed one. I am deeply sorry if anybody has actually had to experience that.”
On the eve of the funeral service, Buckingham Palace shared a formerly unseen photo of the Queen and Prince Philip together in Aberdeenshire relaxing together away from public responsibilities.