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Royal historian on all the symbolism at Prince Philip’s funeral

On Saturday, the royal household gathered at Windsor Fortress for the funeral of Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99.

Resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, it was a extra understated affair than ordinary, with simply 30 mourners in attendance and a scaled-back army procession.

However in line with royal historian Marlene Koenig, the late Duke of Edinburgh would’ve permitted.

“It was what he needed, though it was slimmed down,” she advised Web page Six. “He needed it to have his personal persona, even designing the hearse from a Land Rover that just about seemed like a elaborate pickup truck.”

Koenig pointed to the presence of Prince Philip’s beloved driving carriage and ponies as one other of the “beautiful touches” that mirrored his life and pursuits.

Prince Philip's funeral procession on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Prince Philip’s funeral procession on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
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As for the lack of eulogies? That alternative was made “for the easy cause that he didn’t need it to essentially focus on him,” Koenig mentioned. “There’s so many accomplishments, however I feel he was content material for these to be left to the obituary writers, and let the ceremony be a mirrored image of his Christian religion and the simplicity of his personal life.”

Friends at the funeral introduced their very own particular symbolism to the proceedings as nicely — notably Kate Middleton, who wore a four-strand Japanese pearl choker from the Queen’s assortment, together with earrings comprised of pearls Her Majesty acquired as a marriage reward when she married Prince Philip in 1947.

“She did look very elegant, and he or she was sending a really delicate image that this necklace and these earrings represented a part of Philip’s life with the Queen,” the royal historian famous.

Kate Middleton attends Prince Philip’s funeral.
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One significant gesture Koenig mentioned might have fallen flat, nonetheless, stems from the wreath Meghan Markle despatched for the ceremony, together with a handwritten card.

The Duchess of Sussex, who’s anticipating a child lady, stayed residence partly as a result of she “didn’t need to be the focus” on the somber event, in line with stories.

As a substitute, she despatched alongside a wreath of regionally sourced and extremely symbolic flowers — together with blooms representing Prince Philip’s Greek heritage, beginning month and extra — which had been outlined in a press launch, a transfer Koenig known as “uncommon.”

“The royal household doesn’t often say, ‘Properly, this [wreath’s] from Charles, this one’s from Andrew, this one’s from Beatrice,’” she advised us. “I feel it was somewhat bit drawing consideration again to them slightly than simply not saying something at all … The unique assertion that her physician suggested her to not go, I feel, was the greatest method to go.”

Koenig added that “the solely wreath of curiosity was the one positioned on the casket that was from Queen Elizabeth; tucked inside was a private observe from her.”

Wreaths from members of the royal family lie against the pews during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021.
Wreaths from members of the royal household lie in opposition to the pews throughout the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Fortress on April 17, 2021.
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There was additionally numerous chatter over estranged brothers Prince William and Prince Harry’s seemingly amiable chat after the funeral. Lip readers even tried to decipher precisely what the future king and his little brother conversed about. Nonetheless, Koenig believes that is simply the starting of a possible reconciliation for the pair.

“I feel it can take excess of a stroll up the hill to the non-public residences of Windsor Fortress for William and Harry to take a seat down and talk about all the points and alleged points,” she defined, including that she feels Harry ought to think about staying on the town for his grandmother’s 95th birthday on Wednesday to spend some extra time along with his household.

“They do want to speak to one another,” she mentioned.

Prince Harry and Prince William follow the coffin during the ceremonial funeral procession.
Prince Harry and Prince William comply with the coffin throughout the ceremonial funeral procession.
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