Due to the pandemic, Prince Philip’s funeral took place in a small group. The queen had to keep a long distance from her family in church services, for which she won much sympathy in the kingdom.
Peter Nonnenmacher from London
It was quiet again at Windsor Castle on Sunday. More than 700 sailors and soldiers who had filled the area with ceremonial parades and music the day before returned to their accommodations. Cameras have been dismantled. The queen withdrew to the palace. remains Prinze Philip She rests in a royal crypt of the castle chapel, the Royal Vault, not far from her. What remains are the funeral photos that only the British royal family could have organized with great skill – yet at the same time, due to the pandemic, like this It was completely differentThan it was originally planned.
Members of the royal family strictly adhered to the maximum of 30 mourners, social distancing, and the wearing of masks in the church. Neither politicians, nor celebrities from around the world, nor dignitaries attended the funeral. Even the service was, in contrast to the pomp and color of many of the uniforms abroad, Frank Spartans. No funeral sermon, sermon, and personal planned readings. Only four singers were deployed in the wide, empty saucer in Windsor, in front of the colossal portal’s glass window. The arrival of the sarcophagus at Saint George’s Chapel was indeed lonely.
A small parade led Prinze CharlesThe heir to the throne, and Princess Anne, his sister, followed a green military Landrover, which was reconfigured to Phillips’ specifications and served as the bulb of the castle. In full swing, in front of the muffled explosions and the fading sound of a servo bell, Windsor’s death bell, the nine-member delegation marched into the church to bury the 99-year-old husband and longtime Queen’s companion, who had passed away a week earlier.
The Queen arrived at Church in Bentley in a royal limousine. Small, curved, and unsure of herself, she entered the familiar building to take her place at the front of the choir stalls. She sat there completely alone, behind her black mask, in the darkness of the chairs, barely visible to the world. One almost had to guess their presence under the powerful signs of the Venerable Order of Rabat in the roof. I only occasionally looked at the service bases in her hands and under the rim of her hat.
“Absolutely alone in her pain”
No photo of Philip’s funeral has ever been printed like this, a picture of a really lonely queen now, even she’s protected from her family, who turns 95 next Wednesday. On Sunday, nearly all newspapers in the kingdom appeared with this image on their facades. The Sunday Mirror complained that the Queen was sentenced to “the most lonely farewell” when she left Philip. “Absolutely alone in her pain,” said the Sunday People, one of the experienced Elizabeth II. In the left-liberal “Observer”, which effectively adheres to the idea of the British Republic, they were also influenced by the Queen, who calmly and steadily played her role: “She never looked so deserted.”
In addition to the Queen, the attention of millions of Britons who watched everything on screen was directed, of course, to the younger royals – and above all to the grandson of Elizabeth Harry, who traveled from the USA. After the bitter disagreement between the “leaked prince” and his wife Megan with the rest of the family, the royalists looked for signs of reconciliation during the ceremony.
Harry and William reconciled?
After the ceremony, Harry can of course be seen chasing William and his wife Kate and then return to the castle and speak to William’s side. Whatever is below the surface It may still ripen: Was not introduced to the wider audience on this occasion. Obviously, Harry was not in a hurry to cross the Atlantic, either.
After all, in Windsor, on the orders of the Queen, formal mourning continues throughout the week, while the official period of mourning ended Sunday morning and flags were raised over entire public buildings again at eight in the morning after they were half-mast. For eight days.