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Why the Queen sat alone at Prince Philip's funeral

One of the most striking images from Philip's funeral was Queen Elizabeth II sitting alone during the service for the man who was by her side for 7 decades.

Queen Elizabeth II sat alone in the quire of St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who was by her side for 73 years.

Following strict social distancing rules during the pandemic, the queen was an example even in grief, sitting apart from her family members arrayed around the church. Just 30 mourners were allowed to attend the service at St. George’s on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the queen has been shielded from COVID-19.

Other royals who had been in family bubbles sat together.

The service began with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, entering the chapel ahead 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.”

Credit: AP
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits alone in St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who had been by her side for 73 years, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. Prince Philip died April 9 at the age of 99 after 73 years of marriage to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)

Prince Philip was remembered as a man of “courage, fortitude and faith” on Saturday, at a funeral to salute both his service in the Royal Navy and his support for Queen Elizabeth II over three quarters of a century.


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