Prince Philip died on April 9, at the age of 99.
His funeral, on Saturday, April 17, was a moment many were waiting for as it was the first time we saw Prince Harry and Prince William without any tensions.
It seems that their grandfather’s death brought the brothers back to each other. Here’s everything that happened before and during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. And though mostly heartbreaking, there was one moment that almost ruined the funeral.
Since 2012, Prince Philip has had several surgeries, a hip replacement, a nasty bladder infection, and most recently, intervention on his heart.
Due to his poor health, he retired in 2017. He served her Majesty for over six decades, making him the longest Consort in the rich history of the British Royal Family.
In February 2021, The Duke went to have another heart surgery. He was in and out of the hospitals until the end of March.
Just when we thought he will make it to 100th birthday, a tragic statement came from Her Majesty.
Celebrities Paying Respect To The Duke
The Duke of Edinburgh was an extraordinary man. His wit, intelligence, often quite offensive humor, yet gentle nature, made him popular and respected worldwide.
Celebrities and fans of the Royal Family shared their grief over social media. People from the military, music business, everyone shared what Prince Philip represented to them:
Tributes From His Family
Philip’s oldest son, Prince Charles, was the first family member to speak about Prince’s passing:
“My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that.”
“As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously.”
“He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.”
Prince William shared a photo of his grandpa and his son with the touching caption:
Prince Harry issued a statement on Archwell:
“My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next.”
“He will be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, the legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end.”
“He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’”
The Queen Did Go Back To Work
Despite eight days of mourning the Queen retired to her duties only four days after her husband died.
With all the ups and downs, the couple managed to stay together for 73 years. They have four children.
Since Prince Philip already had his funeral planned out, the best for the Queen and for the country was to go back to work.
In fact, Philip even knew what kind of Range Rover he wanted to be in while he was going to his final resting place.
Prince Harry left his California home, but his wife didn’t. Meghan is pregnant with the couple’s second child, and her doctor didn’t want her to travel during the pandemic.
Prince William And Prince Harry Reunited
While it was a devastating occasion, the world needed to see what was happening among the feuding brothers.
They were first seen together at the beginning of the funeral, though there was no interaction. Understandably so. However, when they left the chapel, Lady Diana’s “boys” seemed comfortable with each other.
The last time we saw them walking behind the coffin was when Lady Diana died back in 1997. Those heartbreaking images are the reason why many people fell in love with two Princes.
The Saddest Moment In The Chapel
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, lost her rock. She was pictured sitting alone, and it’s truly heartbreaking.
The photo that is already part of British Royal history shows that the Royals are just humans after all.
The Queen’s Final Message To Her Beloved Husband
Her Majesty wrote a note to her late husband. It was placed on his coffin. She signed it with a nickname Prince Philip gave her when they met: Lilibeth.