Prince Philip had a big part in planning his funeral but Queen Elizabeth had her own way to honour her husband of 73 years.
On top of the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin was carefully selected flowers by the Queen including white lilies, small white roses, white freesia, white wax flower, white sweet peas and jasmine, and a handwritten note that appeared to say “I love you.”
It also included her nickname “Lilibet”. The rest of the personal note was hidden.
Philip’s coffin was covered with his Personal Standard that represented both his Greek heritage and British titles. His lord high admiral Naval cap and Royal Navy officer’s sword was also placed on top.
The Queen also paid tribute to Philip with her brooch. The Richmond Brooch was given to her grandmother Queen Mary on her wedding day in 1893, who would wear it as a necklace.
Queen Elizabeth has since worn it on occasions like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in 2018.
Prince Philip died at 99 on April 9.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Keeping with COVID-19 protocols, only 30 mourners were allowed at the funeral. It also meant that Queen Elizabeth had to sit by herself to follow the household bubble rule.
Prince Philip’s coffin was interred into the Royal Vault. However, when the Queen passes away, Prince Philip’s body will be moved to the George VI memorial chapel at Windsor where he will lie in rest with Her Majesty. The Queen’s father, King George VI, along with the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret are also interred at the chapel.