Sweet tribute to Prince Philip that Her Majesty planned for her funeral

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Photo credit: Getty Images

The Queen ensured there would be a touching gesture to her beloved husband Prince Philip in her funeral service.

One of the hymns sung at Westminster Abbey today was The Lord is My Shepherd, which featured in the wedding of the late Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in November 1947.

The hymn, which comes from the 23rd Psalm in the Bible, offered a poignant nod to her beloved husband who passed away in April 2021 at the age of 99. Their marriage became the very heart of the House of Windsor, and she referred to him as her 'strength and stay'.

Given its historical importance, the funeral service – which included a formal ceremony at Westminster Abbey, a 21-gun salute and a funeral procession through the streets of London – has been planned with precision, with plenty of input from Her Majesty before her death at the age of 96.

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One of the most iconic, and heartbreaking, images from her 70 year reign was the photograph taken of her sitting alone at St. George’s chapel as her husband was laid to rest.

She was following coronavirus rules which limited the amount of people who could attend funerals, and social distancing between household bubbles.

Four weeks after his passing, the Queen wrote a letter to Dr John Sentamu, the former Archbishop of York, explaining that she had found it hard to deal with the loss of her life partner, who she had first met when she was just 13.

She wrote: ‘When you are grieving someone you deeply love, it isn't easy when you have to do it in public.'

During his fifteen years in the role, Dr. Sentamu was involved in planning today’s service. He told the Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg show that Her Majesty wanted her send off to be uplifting.

He said: 'The Queen does not – and did not want – what you call long, boring services. You're not going to find boredom but you're going to be lifted to glory as you hear the service.’

Many members of the Royal family and the general public have found comfort knowing that the Queen and Prince Philip will be reunited in death. Later today, in a private family ceremony, both will be interred in the King George VI crypt in Windsor. They will be permanently laid to rest with the Queen’s parents, and her sister Princess Margaret.



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