The Queen was heavily involved in planning the memorial service for her late beloved husband Prince Philip, which took place yesterday – and she subtly paid tribute to Philip with the flowers that adorned Westminster Abbey
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The Queen took an active part in planning yesterday’s funeral for her late husband Prince Philip.
She ensured there were plenty of personal touches at the event at Westminster Abbey – despite the congregation being 1,800 strong.
And among the sweet tributes made to Philip at the event was one dating back to the day Her Majesty married Philip at the same abbey in November 1947.
That’s because the flowers in the church for the memorial service were patriotic tones of red, white and blue, with larger arrangements of blue eryngium – known as sea holly – a nod to the Duke’s career in the Royal Navy and his lifelong life affection for the sea.
Smaller bouquets, meanwhile, included white dendrobium orchids – the flowers that appeared in Princess Elizabeth’s wedding bouquet when she married Philip in 1947.
The Queen, who attended today’s service, is said to have personally requested that orchids be included in her wedding bouquet.
Meanwhile, the service also featured some of Prince Philip’s poignant final requests, which were finally granted nearly a year after his funeral.
When he died last April aged 99, England was still reeling from restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This meant his funeral, held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on April 17, was a greatly reduced service, with only 30 guests and no singing by the guests.
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It had been Philip’s express wish that the congregation sing the rousing hymn Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer at his funeral.
Although the anthem was sung by a small choir, the guests at his funeral were not allowed to sing along.
Yesterday, however, that request was finally granted as the packed congregation sang the song.
In addition, Philip, who had been working on his own funeral details – codenamed Forth Bridge – for many years – had asked for the choir to sing Benjamin Britten’s Te Deum in C, and this was also part of Tuesday’s procedure.
Meanwhile, clergymen from Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral all played a special role in the service – at Philip’s request.
Philip played an active part in the day to day management of the estate for many years.
He wanted the vicar of Crathie Church, near Balmoral, the rector of Sandringham and the chaplain of the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, to attend his funeral – but Covid restrictions couldn’t allow it.
Almost all members of the royal family attended yesterday’s event, including Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Other royal attendees included the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duke of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
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