On Saturday 17th April 2021, the world watched as His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was laid to rest in the chapel of St. George's at Windsor. The Duke sadly passed away on Friday 9th April 2021 at the age of 99, just two months before his 100th birthday. In following with the latest government guidelines, 30 guests attended of whom included were the Duke's eight grandchildren, four children and Her Majesty The Queen, his beloved wife for more than 73 years. The service from beginning to end was poignant, as the Duke himself was involved in the planning, and as the Spring sun shone down on Windsor for this sombre event, we reflect on the moments that truly made it a touching, heartfelt and personal service.
Before the national minute's silence and the start of the funeral service at 3pm, the grounds of Windsor were lined with military procession, including members from the The Highlanders, 4th Battalion Regiment of Scotland, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, of which the Duke served an impressive naval career.
The Duke's personal touches in the service continued to the hearse of which his coffin was transported from the castle to the chapel. The Duke had a fondness for Land Rovers and this particular model, a Land Rover Defender TD5 130 was one he personally had a hand in designing. The Duke too also ensured its modification to a hearse for his funeral. Painted in a fitting green shade associated with the military, it was very much a lovely touch for the procession. His coffin was draped in a flag formed of emblems representing his heritage and dukedom, placed with the Duke's own sword and cap on top.
The dress code for the funeral was strictly morning attire and day dress in replacement of the royal's military uniform - any medals awarded to the members of the Royal Family would be worn on their attire. Walking behind the hearse was The Duke's four children - Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward - his grandchildren - Peter Phillips, Prince William and Prince Harry - The Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. All besides Princess Anne wore a three-piece morning coat that were designed with peak lapels and them hem finishing just behind the knee. The style of waistcoats differed between single-breasted with a high neckline and double-breasted with a low front and a gold pocket chain. The trousers varied in styles of a grey pinstripe cloth cut into a straight leg with centre creases down the front, all also wearing white shirts and black ties. Princess Anne's black coat was in the form of a double-breasted style with a button belt fastening and straps on the sleeve's cuffs.
The other members of the Royal Family in attendance lined up as the hearse drove past, with Her Majesty The Queen following behind in her State Bentley. The other male family members in attendance also wore morning coats with pinstripe trousers, whilst the women sported different styles and designs of black overcoats.
The Duke was also well-known for his sporting activities particularly from the age of 50 as he took up carriage driving and enjoyed. The carriage drawn by his horses Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm was his own design, and as a very fitting and heartwarming tribute, the Duke's own riding gloves, whip and cap were placed on the seat. A little red tub of treats he would feed his horses were also placed on the carriage.
His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has a legacy that will truly be remembered for time to come. He served as the Queen's consort during her reign, founded the Duke of Edinburgh award, was an active member of many organisations in which he massively contributed and completed many public engagements; but Prince Philip was also a great-grandfather, a grandfather, a father and a loving husband to his family and beloved wife of 73 years. It was a service that was personal, very touching and a wonderful tribute.
From the team at A Hand Tailored Suit, we send our thoughts and condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and all who loved His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.