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by Aubra Salt - The Oregon Herald




 
Prince Philip, the late husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, will be burried Saturday in an exclusive service attended by 30 people including members of the royal family.

The Duke of Edinburgh died 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 - and had been married to the Queen for 73 years.

His death has left a large empty void Queen's life.

The funeral service will be a qu iet affair and take place at St. George's Chapel, which lies within the grounds of

British Royal Family. The eye-watering amount Harry and Meghan will make from Oprah interview Queen Elizabeth II bids a final farewell to her late husband Prince Philip on Saturday, at a funeral restricted by coronavirus rules but reflecting his long life of military and public service.

The ceremony with just 30 mourners behind the stately walls of Windsor Castle, west of London, will be watched by an expected television audience of millions, with the public urged to stay away because of the pandemic.

But people were still expected to turn out in Windsor, prompting barriers to be erected along the sweeping Long Walk to the castle gates patrolled by uniformed police.

In the town, one man who gave only his first name as Mark, said: "There are hundreds of us today. People are not supposed to come. But this is a once-in-a-generation event.

"He was really something."

At Buckingham Palace, the Queen's central London home, Cardiff-born chef Santosh Singh laid purple tulips as a tribute and to mark the end of an era.

"I love the royals. I think they're amazing... It's sad because in time, all this will change," the 57-year-old said.

The Duke of Edinburgh -- described by royals as "the grandfather of the nation" -- died on April 9, aged 99, just weeks after spending more than a month in hospital for treatment of a heart condition and an infection.

Britain's longest-serving royal husband was an almost constant presence at the Queen's side during her record-breaking reign that began in 1952 as Britain rebuilt from World War II and as its global empire began to unravel.

His death, after 73 years of marriage, has left a "huge void" in her life, the couple's second son, Prince Andrew, said last weekend.

The Queen released a touching personal photograph of herself with Prince Philip, both looking relaxed and smiling in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland in 2003.

Images of key moments in the couple's marriage were also shared on the royal family's social media accounts, as most newspapers reflected on her deep personal loss.

"The Queen bids farewell," headlined The Times.

The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, will pay tribute at the service to Philip's "unwavering loyalty" to his wife, who turns 95 next week, the country and the Commonwealth, as well as his "courage, fortitude and faith".

The low-key funeral will still feature members of the armed services he was associated with lining a short procession route through the immaculately trimmed grounds of the castle, whose history dates back 1,000 years.

His coffin will be taken to Windsor's historic St George's Chapel on a bespoke Land Rover hearse which Philip designed himself, repainted in military green.

A minute's silence will be observed across the country on the stroke of 3:00 pm before the funeral service begins.

- End of an era - The Queen will lead mourners, as they pay their respects to the man she once called her "strength and stay", and whose death closes a remarkable chapter for Britain's most famous family.

The congregation will mostly be close family, including the couple's four children: heir to the throne Prince Charles, 72, Princess Anne, 70, Prince Andrew, 61, and Prince Edward, 57.

Also present will be Charles' eldest son William, 38, who will be joined by younger brother, Harry, 36, after he jetted back last weekend from the United States, where he now lives.

All eyes will be on the brothers -- whose mother was Charles' first wife, princess Diana -- after a reported falling out over Harry's move to California with his American wife, Meghan, and their stinging criticisms of the royals.

Meghan, heavily pregnant with her second child, was advised not to travel on medical grounds. Harry has had to quarantine since arriving from Los Angeles.

The brothers, who as young boys walked behind their mother's coffin at her funeral in 1997, will follow the procession on foot, but not side-by-side.

Between them will be their cousin, Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips, 43, which will likely fuel further rumours of the rift, even if it reflects royal protocol.