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Prince Philip’s funeral: five personal touches at the Duke of Edinburgh’s ceremony | UK News

From a bespoke Land Rover hearse to poignant possessions reflecting his passion for carriage riding, Prince Philip’s funeral featured several personal touches celebrating the royal’s life.

The event, which was limited to a congregation of 30 due to coronavirus restrictions, had been “meticulously planned” over a quarter of a century, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Most Reverend Justin Welby told Sky News on Duke of Edinburgh “didn’t want noise” and “knew exactly what he wanted” in the service.

Here, Sky News examines how Philip left his mark on his funeral in Windsor, where the queen said a last farewell to her husband 73 years old.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been laid to rest after his death aged 99

Philip’s passion for carriage driving

Philip’s four-wheeled car was parked, so it was passed by the funeral procession, with the duke’s cap, whip, and brown gloves neatly placed on a folded blanket over the seat.

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It also contained a small red jar used to store lumps of sugar that Philip would give to his ponies after the carriage ride.

On Saturday, the carriage was pulled by ponies Fell Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm ahead of the funeral.

The Duke of Edinburgh is buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
The car contained the duke’s cap, whip, brown gloves and a jar used to store the sugar lumps

Philip was synonymous with carriage driving and had been designing the vehicles since the 1970s.

In a book he wrote on the sport, Philip said: “I am getting older, my reactions are slowing down and my memory is uncertain, but I have never lost the pleasure of leading a team through the British countryside.”

A sword atop Philip’s coffin

Porters carrying the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin, followed by the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne.  Pic: AP
A naval sword was placed over Philip’s coffin. Pic: AP

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This notice was published: 2021-04-17 16:04:00