Queen sits alone at funeral for Prince Philip to set example

Other royals who are in family bubbles sit together.

The service began with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby entering the chapel in front of the coffin, followed by Philip’s children and three of his eight grandchildren as a four-member choir sang, “I am the resurrection and the life.”

In the Gothic chapel, which has held royal weddings and funerals for centuries, worship should be simple and gloomy. At Philip’s request there will be no sermon and no family speeches or readings according to royal tradition. But the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, will say that the country has been enriched by Philip’s “unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, steadfastness and faith”.

Philip spent nearly 14 years in the Royal Navy and witnessed action in the Mediterranean, Indian, and Pacific during World War II. Some elements of his funeral have a maritime theme, including the hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”, associated with seafarers, which asks God, “O hear us when we cry to you / For those who are at sea are in danger. ”

The 30 funeral guests include Philip’s children and grandchildren as well as other high-ranking kings and some of his German relatives. Philip was born the Prince of Greece and Denmark and, like the Queen, is related to a thicket of European royal families.

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