Mike Tindall, Prince Philip's grandson-in-law, has revealed that he thinks the reduced-size funeral was just 'how he would have liked it' — as well as sharing the sweet reason his love and admiration for Queen has grown since.
Speaking on his podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, the former rugby star said that — despite the obvious sadness of the last few days — he thinks the small proceedings, with a modest guest list, no crowds and social distancing in place, was 'the perfect way' to say goodbye to the Duke of Edinburgh.
'Look it's been a difficult 10 days, and I look back on the day (and) I think as eerie as it was, with no crowds and the social distancing and the way everything was, I think it was the perfect day – how he would have liked it – if that makes any sense whatsoever,' he explained on the podcast. 'No fuss, get on with it.'
He also revealed how his love and admiration for the Queen has only grown, since seeing the example she set by choosing to sit alone at the funeral and comply with social distancing rules.
'My love for the Queen was even better, she was sat there completely on her own,' he said.
'Separated herself in terms of, "this is what the world is right now, and I'm going to lead by example" and she's amazing, literally amazing.'
With the duke's 100th birthday on the horizon, it's no surprise that the planning of his funeral has been in the works for years, but with Philip insistent there be no state funeral, it was only ever going to be a (relatively) small affair of 800 guests.
Sadly due to the UK's current coronavirus restrictions, this number dropped considerably to 30 for the funeral last Saturday (17th April) at St George's Chapel, Windsor.
Tindall added that, personal touches — like a pot of sugar lumps (which he often fed to the Queen's ponies) being placed on top of the coffin, along with his personal standard, signature cap, whip and brown gloves, and the coffin itself arriving in a bespoke Land Rover the duke had designed — were 'eerie moments for the family' on the day, as they 'brought home memories.'
But he concluded: 'It was a sad day but, you know, I think it was very well run and he was very well looked after and hopefully he's looking down now and is happy with the day.'
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