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Prince Philip's funeral: Zara Tindall supported by husband Mike weeks after giving birth to son

The Duke of Edinburgh's granddaughter Zara Tindall was joined by her husband Mike at St George's Chapel for Prince Philip's funeral today.

Looking teary-eyed, it was the first time that Zara, 39, Princess Anne's daughter, had been seen since giving birth to her son Lucas Philip Tindall three weeks ago.  

Zara looked poised as she wore an understated round-necked black gown and a lace headpiece, which she paired with elegant silver droplet earrings, as she was joined by her husband Mike for Prince Philip's funeral.

During the ceremony inside St George's Chapel, an emotional Zara's eyes appeared to be reddened while her make-up was lightly smudged as she stood with her head bowed beside her husband.

Like her cousin Princess Eugenie, Zara named her newborn son after her beloved grandfather.

However, in a tragic turn of events it is thought he never had the chance to meet his two youngest great-grandsons due to Covid restrictions.

Looking teary-eyed, it is the first time Zara, 39, Princess Anne 's daughter, has been seen since giving birth to her son Lucas Philip Tindall three weeks ago

Zara Tindall is pictured beside her husband Mike in St George's Chapel this morning as she mourns the loss of her beloved grandfather

Mourners including, front row from left, Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Prince Edward, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, the Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles. Back row: Zara and Mike Tindall are pictured with Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

The Duke of Edinburgh's granddaughter Zara Tindall was joined by her husband Mike as she arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral today

Mike Tindall, 42, yesterday posted a heartfelt Instagram tribute to Prince Philip, sharing a photo of the Duke of Edinburgh with his great-granddaughter Mia Grace, seven.  

He shared the photo, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, alongside a caption that read: 'It's been a very sad week but it has given us time to reflect on great memories and stories both personal and shared. A devoted family man who we will forever miss but always love.'

The snapshot of Prince Philip, who passed away aged 99 at Windsor Castle on Friday, showed the Duke sitting outside a log cabin.

He was leaned over a wooden table to enjoy a meal in the countryside setting alongside Mike and Zara's seven-year-old daughter Mia Grace.  

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall arrive at the Galilee Porch of St George's Chapel for the funeral of Prince Philip,

The Duchess of Cambridge (far right) waits with members of the royal family Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside St George's Chapel,

Zara's mother Princess Anne, and step-father Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, led the procession into the chapel today.

Before the ceremony, Anne stood at the front next to her brother Prince Charles, while Sir Timothy was at the back of the procession next to Princess Margaret's son David Armstrong-Jones, who is the Queen's nephew.

Former England rugby pro Mike, missed his podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby on Wednesday following the death of Prince Philip.

The guests who will be involved in Prince Philip's funeral procession (left) and those who will be St George's Chapel (right). Penny will be in St George's Chapel

Mike usually hosts the sports podcast with James Haskell and Alex Payne.

But he was absent from this week's episode, with French rugby union player Benjamin Kayser stepping in to replace him and James Haskell who was 'recharging his batteries'. 

'No Tins for obvious reasons,' co-host Alex said, referring to the the father-of-three's nickname.

'Obviously there are lots of people saying far more eloquent things and suitable things than we ever could.

'But as he always knows lots of love and hugs from us and hopefully from those you who listen and enjoy the show, a very sad time for a great man. 

'More on that to come from far more important sources in due course,' he added.

This is the funeral procession for tomorrow's funeral, where William and Harry will not stand next to each other with the Queen following behind in her car

It comes just days after Prince William and Kate released their own touching photograph of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen with seven of their great-grandchildren. 

The previously unseen photograph, which was taken at Balmoral Castle in 2018 by the Duchess of Cambridge, shows Prince Philip with his arm around Peter Phillips' daughter Isla, while the Queen, 94, can be seen holding a then-baby Prince Louis in her arms.  

Prince George and Princess Charlotte can be seen offering a cheeky smile in the picture, while Peter's elder daughter Savannah Phillips poses alongside the Tindalls' daughters Mia and Lena.   

Members of the military march ahead of the funeral service of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor Castle

Looked up to as the patriarch of his family, Prince Philip became a mentor for younger royals who continued to turn to him over the years. Eugenie once described him as the rock of the family.

The Queen's four children, eight grandchildren and their respective spouses came together today to support Her Majesty following the death of her husband last week at the age of 99.   

Also invited was Jack Brooksbank, the husband of Eugenie, daughter of the Duke and the Duchess of York, and Beatrice's husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Grenadier Guards line up in front of Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip, who died aged 99 last week

Three German relatives - whose ancestors were denied a place at Princess Elizabeth and Philip's wedding because of anti-German feeling after the second war - were included. 

Others on the guest list included the Queen's first cousins Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent, who loyally supported the monarch and Philip by carrying out royal duties over the decades.

But the most prominent name that was missing from the list is Prince Harry's wife Meghan, who stayed at home in Los Angeles as she was unable to fly as she is expecting her second child.

Also is missing was the Queen's cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, 78, who is not a working royal. 

There was also not room for the spouses of the Queen's cousins - the Duchess of Gloucester and the Duchess of Kent, nor Prince Michael's often controversial wife, Princess Michael of Kent. 

The two great-grandchildren Prince Philip never got to meet: Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall both gave birth to sons who they named after the Duke of Edinburgh in the last two months

Prince Philip's granddaughters Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall both paid tribute to their beloved grandfather by naming their newborn sons after him.

But in a tragic turn of events, the Duke of Edinburgh never had the chance to meet the two great-grandsons who were named in his honour.

Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, who married in October 2018, named their first child, a son born in February, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.

Prince Philip's granddaughters Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall both paid tribute to their beloved grandfather by naming their newborn sons after him. Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, who married in October 2018, named their first child, a son born in February, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank. Pictured, the couple with their son in an Instagram snap

Looked up to as the patriarch of his family, Prince Philip became a mentor for younger royals who continued to turn to him over the years. 

Eugenie once described him as the rock of the family.    

Speaking in the 2016 ITV documentary Our Queen at Ninety, Princess Eugenie said of Philip: 'I think Grandpa is incredible. He really is strong and consistent. He's been there for all these years, and I think he's the rock, you know, for all of us.'  

The Duke of Edinburgh showed his dedication to his granddaughters in turn by making rare public appearances to attend Eugenie and Beatrice's weddings.  

A month later her cousin Zara Tindall and her husband Mike welcomed a boy, Lucas Philip Tindall. Pictured, the couple. They have not yet shared a photo of their son

It is no doubt a source of huge sadness to new mother Princess Eugenie that Philip didn't get to meet her newborn son, after describing her grandfather as the family's rock. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are pictured earlier this month with August Philip Hawke Brooksbank

The Queen announced her husband's death at midday as the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace. 

The Royal Family said in a statement: 'It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

'His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss'.  

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi leave The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, after their wedding in July 2020, with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh also pictured - in a rare outing for Philip

His funeral will be a small family service at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle before the duke is buried in Frogmore Gardens, where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were laid to rest. 

More details will emerge in the next few days, with the plan nicknamed 'Operation Forth Bridge', but the public have already been urged to stay away to avoid spreading Covid-19 and watch it on TV at home instead. 

A state funeral including a flotilla of boats on the Thames to mark her husband's life looks impossible due to covid restrictions, but the Duke was said to have disliked the idea because he 'didn't want the fuss'. 

The plans for the funeral were posted online by the government - before swiftly being taken down again. They appeared to confirm claims from sources.  

 Mike Tindall paid tribute to Prince Philip by sharing a photograph of the Duke eating with his great-granddaughter Mia Grace, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge

It comes just days after Prince William and Kate Middleton released their own touching photo of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen with seven of their great-grandchildren - Prince George, Prince Louis, Savannah Phillips, Princess Charlotte, Isla Phillips holding Lena Tindall, and Mia Tindall

Zara and Mike are pictured with the Duke of Edinburgh in 2016 at the Queen's birthday celebrations with Prince Edward, Prince William and Kate Middleton

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