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Prince Philip to share ‘bond’ with beloved mum hidden in funeral arrangements

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Prince Philip and his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, will share one last special bond as the Royal Family prepare to bury the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen's husband died aged 99 at his Windsor Castle home with his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II, at his side on April 9 2021.

Her Majesty will lay him to rest on April 17th 2021 at a private ceremony with just 30 people in attendance due to coronavirus guidelines.

The Royal Family will walk behind the Duke’s coffin up toward St George’s chapel, where his coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

He will remain in the vault until the death of the Queen, when he will be moved to Frogmore Gardens for his final resting place.

Prince Philip lived a long life and he will share a final, special bond with his mother, Princess Alice, in death, for she too was laid to rest in the Royal Vault following her death on December 5, 1968.

Princess Alice, who was the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, came to live with Her Majesty and Philip at Buckingham Palace later in life.

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She spent her last year with her son, telling him she wanted to be buried at the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene in Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

Her wish was fulfilled, but not for nearly two decades after her death, with her resting place being in the Vault, where Philip will be.

The final link between mother and son is a testament to Prince Philip and Princess Alice’s relationship.

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As a boy, Philip saw little of his mother after his father fled to the south of France to be with his mistress and Alice was admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

The Duke of Edinburgh was reunited with his mother in tragedy when the pair met at his sister, Princess Cecilie, funeral.

Princess Alice, went on to found an order of nuns in Greece, and regularly kept in contact with her son, before the Queen invited her to stay with them.

She left behind no belongings, having used her jewels to fund the nunnery, but left a note for Philip that read: "Dearest Philip, be brave, and remember I will never leave you, and you will always find me when you need me most.

"All my devoted love, your old Mama."

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