Prince Philip’s ‘unwavering loyalty’ to Queen to be hailed at Duke’s funeral

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PRINCE Philip’s “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen will be hailed at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday.

He will also praised Philip’s “kindness, humour and humanity”.

He will say: “With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us.

“We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.

“Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity.”

Philip spent decades supporting the Queen, who will sit on her own during the funeral of her beloved husband of 73 years due to coronavirus rules.

The royal patriarch, who died peacefully last Friday aged 99, was closely involved in the planning of the deeply religious service.

His love of the sea and lifelong association with the Royal Navy will be reflected.

And his love of carriage driving will be a poignant feature, with his carriage and ponies making an appearance.

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Philip spent decades supporting the Queen (Image: GETTY)

Final preparations are being put in place in Windsor ahead of the funeral, which begins at 3pm and will be televised.

Just 30 guests, all wearing face masks, will attend the service due to coronavirus restrictions.

Among those attending will be Prince Charles and Camilla, the Queen and Philip’s other children, their grandchildren including Prince William and Harry, three of Philip’s German relatives, three of the monarch’s cousins and the Duke’s carriage driving companion Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

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Philip’s love of carriage driving will be a poignant feature, with his carriage and ponies making an appearance (Image: PA)

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The monarch shared one of her favourite pictures of herself with her husband ahead of his funeral (Image: BUCKINGHAM PALACE)

William and Harry, whose rift has been well documented, will not walk side by side in the funeral procession.

They will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips as they walk in a line behind their grandfather’s coffin.

The Duke of Sussex travelled from America to Britain for the first time since Megxit for the funeral.

Members of the Royal Family have been rallying around the Queen as she grieves for Philip.

The monarch shared one of her favourite pictures of herself with her husband ahead of his funeral.

The couple are pictured looking relaxed and smiling in the Scottish Highlands.

The sweet snap, taken in 2003, was likely to have been when they were enjoying their traditional summer break at Balmoral.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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