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South Cumbria pays tribute as Prince Philip is laid to rest

A historic and equally solemn occasion took place on Saturday as His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was laid to rest.

The Queen’s husband was laid to rest after a ceremony was held for the Royal Family and viewers at home.

A national moment of reflection took place and a Guard of Honour saluted as HRH Prince Philip’s coffin was carried onto the steps of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, one week after his death on April 9.

The ceremony’s large military presence reflected the Duke of Edinburgh’s lifelong support of the country’s armed forces.

Following a round of gun fire from the Guard of Honour, the longest-serving royal consort was carried into the chapel for a service, leading his sons and grandsons for the last time.

After the intimate and private service, he was laid to rest in the Royal Vault.

The Duke of Edinburghs coffin, covered with his Personal Standard, is carried on the purpose built Land Rover Defender drives past (left to right) Lady Louise Windsor, the Countess of Wessex and James, Viscount Severn with heads bowed, at the Galilee

The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin, covered with his Personal Standard, is carried on the purpose built Land Rover Defender drives past (left to right) Lady Louise Windsor, the Countess of Wessex and James, Viscount Severn with heads bowed, at the Galilee

Among the readers to offer kind words about Philip was Deborah Wylde, who said: “I met the Duke a few times, as I was an official at the carriage-driving trials at Holker Hall during the years he competed.

“He was always polite, courteous and funny with everyone and obviously loved coming up here.

“He was a remarkable man who touched many people’s lives in many ways.

“Unfortunately, it will be a long time before we see the likes of anyone like him again. Rest in peace.”

To mark his funeral, Barrow Borough Council invited the area to observe a one-minute silence at 3pm on Saturday.

Councillor Amanda Rigg, deputy mayor of Ulverston, also gave words of tribute.

Cllr Rigg said: “What a legacy the Duke of Edinburgh has left.

FINAL FAREWELL: A service took place in the grounds of Windsor Castle

FINAL FAREWELL: A service took place in the grounds of Windsor Castle

“We thank him for his contribution and admire his dedication. He will be sadly missed by his family, especially his wife, the Queen.

“Seeing her sat in the church alone was saddening and highlights the awful situation we’re in with this pandemic.”

“My thoughts are with them all.”

All public elements of The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral were reduced due to coronavirus restrictions.

His son and future king Prince Charles was visibly moved.

A service held by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, followed, in which he asked the Royal Family and the public to remember Prince Philip for his service to the nation and his loyalty to the Queen.

In a blessing, The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby added: “For his life of service to the nation and the Commonwealth.

“To him, with all the faithful departed grant thy peace.”

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