Finally, they were reunited. The late Queen Elizabeth II will be interred alongside her husband, Prince Philip, after her funeral on Monday, September 19, but their respective ceremonies couldn’t have been more different.
The queen’s funeral began with a short procession to Westminster Abbey from Westminster Hall, where her coffin had been lying in state since Wednesday, September 14. The solemn event was attended by her and Philip’s four children — King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew Prince Edward — as well as their eight grandchildren.
A number of world leaders were also among the funeral guests, including President Donald Trump. Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Liz Truss, Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauFrench President Emmanuel Macron. Royals from other countries were present as well, including Spain’s King Felipe VI Queen Letizia and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.
Though the Duke of Edinburgh could have had an elaborate funeral similar to his wife’s service, the coronavirus pandemic forced the royal family to scale back the ceremony. The strict restrictions that limited gatherings to 30 people were in place when the Greek native died in April 2021 at the age of 99.
“There will be no state funeral held at this time for Philip,” an insider exclusively told Us WeeklyAt the time. “They do not want his death to have a negative impact on the U.K.’s pandemic protocols.”
Many royal family members came together to say goodbye to the duke, who had been married to Elizabeth for 73-years. The queen was joined at the event by her and Philip’s children — King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew Prince Edward — as well as grandchildren Prince William, Prince Harry Peter Phillips.
No members of the royal family wore their military uniforms for the ceremony, which was held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021. “The congregation will wear masks for the service,” Buckingham Palace explained in a statement ahead of the funeral. “Members of the royal family will be wearing Morning Coat with medals or Day Dress.”
The more casual event stood in major contrast to the queen’s funeral, where Charles, 73, Anne, 72, and Edward, 58, all wore formal military dress. Andrew, 62, was only permitted to wear his military uniform at the queen’s final vigil on Friday, September 16, after he was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages in January.
The late monarch, who was 96, died on September 8, at her Balmoral estate in Scotland. Buckingham Palace announced the news hours following confirmation that Elizabeth was under medical supervision.
Anne, the only daughter of Elizabeth, and Philip, later revealed that her mother died just before she died. “I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life,” the Princess Royal said in a statement on September 13. “It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys. Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting.”
Keep scrolling for more details on how Elizabeth and Philip’s funerals differed.