Watching Prince Philip’s coffin being lowered down into the floor of St George’s chapel was extremely moving.

It created a very poignant moment, which I know would have been extremely difficult for the Queen.

That moment gives us all finality on death, whoever we are, and it was her final chance to say goodbye to her beloved husband.

The Queen has lost her companion, the man she described as her strength and stay, and who she could always talk to and seek advice from.

Queen Elizabeth II watches on as the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin is carried
Queen Elizabeth II watches on as the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin is carried

She will feel a tremendous loss, which was all the more visible yesterday due to Covid-19 rules forcing her to sit on her own.

However, she will also take great comfort in the service, which was powerful in its simplicity.

It went exactly as Prince Philip would have wanted, just as he planned it, and it was a great tribute to him and his life.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were a lovely couple
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were a lovely couple

Watching the service, my mind was drawn back to times I spent with him and the Queen together.

It was always a joy to see them side by side, particularly in private when they could relax together away from their duties. They were a wonderful couple.

The Queen fell in love with Philip at first sight 82 years ago.

And as pictures of them on their 73rd wedding anniversary last year showed, they never fell out of love. They had an incredible connection.

Going forward, the Queen will fulfil her duties alone and with other family members, as she has done now for several years. Her work will help her to carry on during what is one of the most difficult periods of her life.

She will want to get back to it as soon as she is able as she thrives on meeting people and carrying out her duties. It is her life.