Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passed away in April 2021 at the age of 99. Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, is a close family member of the Royal Family. Both figures have been remembered with great respect and admiration.
Prince Philip’s Legacy
Prince Philip dedicated his life to the service of his country and the Royal Family. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 and served during World War II. He was a staunch supporter of the monarchy and was known for his sharp wit and humour. Prince Philip was a dedicated family man, with a strong sense of duty to his family, and was a loving and devoted husband to the Queen.
Prince Harry’s Tribute
Prince Harry returned to the UK for the first time since his move to the US to pay tribute to his grandfather. The prince was seen wearing a black suit and tie, and his face showed the pain of his loss. He was accompanied by his wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie. Prince Harry was deeply moved by the occasion, and he spoke of his admiration for his grandfather, saying: “He was a master of the barbecue, a legend of banter and a prince of wit.”
The Funeral Service
The funeral of Prince Philip was held on Saturday 17th April 2021 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. The service was attended by the Queen, Prince Charles, and other members of the Royal Family. The service was marked by a two-minute silence, and a guard of honour from the Welsh Guards. Prince Harry, who was unable to attend due to the COVID-19 restrictions, watched the service from the US.
Prince Philip’s Final Resting Place
Prince Philip was laid to rest at Frogmore Gardens, near the Royal Family’s home of Windsor Castle. Many of his beloved possessions were laid around him, including his signature hats and a photograph of the Queen. The gravesite is marked with a simple engraved granite stone, with the inscription: “His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021.”
Prince Harry’s Message
Prince Harry released a statement following the funeral, thanking the British public for their support and expressing his love for his grandfather. He wrote: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next.”
The Queen’s Reaction
The Queen was visibly moved by the funeral service, and thanked the British public for their support. She said: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know.”
The funeral of Prince Philip and Prince Harry marked a somber yet poignant occasion for the Royal Family and the British public. Both figures were remembered with great respect, and their legacies will continue to be remembered for years to come.