Philip’s farewell is much more than the end of an era. The British royal family needs to rethink its role and purpose.
Peter Nonnenmacher from London
When the royal procession begins on Saturday at Windsor Castle, the world will witness the challenge of the British monarchy. Prince Philip is the burial of a member of the royal family who, along with Queen Elizabeth II, has become an example of seven decades of the island’s history – and whose burial is inevitably nearing an end.
Much has been said since Phillips’ death last Friday about his merits, his efforts to modernize the royal family and of course, the personal support he has given the Queen for so long. In this respect, the person who died shortly before his 100th birthday had a huge impact on the face of the Windsor House as it appears today. (Read Prince Philip’s obituary: ‘Faithful and Stubborn Prince’.)