The Queen of England left a note on Philip's coffin during his funeral last week and bid adieu to her partner one last time.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married for more than seven decades and their love spanned a decade longer than that. So, when the time came for the Queen to bid farewell to her one true love, it was certain to be an emotional affair. On April 17, 2021, the matriarch of the British Royal family laid her husband to rest with a touching letter she placed during the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Photographs from the event revealed Prince Philip's coffin had a wreath and the handwritten note from his beloved wife. Over the course of their life, the Royal couple exchanged hundreds of letters with each other but this particular one with the Queen's stationery is likely to be the heaviest of them all, ET reports.
During Prince Philip's service, the Queen sat by herself in the pews of St. George Chapel, a painful sight considering she had her husband by her side at every other occasion. The close-knit ceremony had members of the royal family in attendance including Prince Charles, grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, Camila, and several others. Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away at the age of 99 on April 9 in Windsor Castle. He was the nation's longest-serving consort -- the name used to describe the spouse of a reigning monarch. The service happened in accordance with Philip's wishes, who had opted for a smaller gathering rather than a huge state funeral, a service he was entitled to as the queen's consort.
Omid Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, said: "He has asked, in his words, [for] a simple affair and that is exactly what is happening at the ceremonial service that will take place at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle." In the televised funeral, audiences got to see Philip's coffin carried in a custom Land Rover, which The Duke himself designed with engineers. According to USA Today, Philip was being laid to rest in the Royal Vault, which is underneath the chapel and houses the remains of King George III, King George IV, and King William IV. But, when the time comes it will be transported to remain close to Queen Elizabeth II.
Per the outlet, when the Queen passes away, the Duke will be transferred to the gothic church's King George VI memorial chapel, the final resting place of the Queen's parents George VI and Elizabeth. The pale stone annex added to the north side of St. George’s behind the North Quire Aisle back in 1969, is marked with a black stone slab set into the floor. It is said to be inscribed with King George and Elizabeth's names in gold letters, along the years of the birth and death. According to CNN, the event was poignant as it expressed the lonely devastation caused by the pandemic which continues to wreak havoc in the UK, causing more than 120,000 deaths so far. The restrictions put in place meant that millions of people had to bid adieu to the Prince from across their television screens.
The prince's passing has meant that Queen Elizabeth II will no longer be with her "rock" by her side after over 73 years. Addressing the "huge void" the death has left in the queen's life, her son Prince Andrew said over a week ago that he feels "very sorry and supportive" of her. According to NBC News, he shared, "She described it as having left a huge void in her life, but we, the family, the ones that are closer, are rallying around to make sure that we are there to support her, and I know there's a huge amount of support not just for her but for everybody as we go through this enormous change."