Peter Phillips revisits the image of Elizabeth II alone at Prince Philip’s funeral

The son of Princess Anne, Peter Phillips, spoke about the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip, including the image of Queen Elizabeth II alone in St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

The image went around the world. And aroused immense compassion. On April 17, 2021, dressed all in black and hatted, a mask of the same color highlighted with white on the face, Queen Elizabeth II was sitting alone at the end of one of the choir stalls of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, to attend the funeral of her beloved husband, Prince Philip, who died eight days earlier at the age of 99. Her children and grandchildren and their spouses were there, but they kept their distance from her, due to the orders imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It would have been the same for any other family.”

A moment that Peter Phillips, the eldest of her eight grandchildren, returned to for the “BBC”. The 43-year-old son of Princess Anne told the English media at the end of July, during an interview about the Gatcombe Park Food and Drink Festival that he organizes: “Everyone saw the image of Her Majesty sitting alone. It would have been the same for any other family, the hardest thing is not to be able to hug those who are closest to the person you have lost.

Although the barrier gestures had to be respected, that didn’t stop members of the royal family from surrounding the monarch when her husband died. “Our thoughts immediately turned to my grandmother. We tried to support her as much as we could,” he said. Pointing out that his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh was an essential part of all their lives and that they miss him dearly, the father of little Savanah and Isla, recently divorced from Autumn Kelly, added: “He lived a remarkable life and if any of us could live even half the life he did, we would all be extraordinarily happy.

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