Monday, 25 Oct 2021

Prince Philip’s ‘no fuss’ funeral was ‘perfect’ way to honour Duke’s memory

Mike Tindall believes Prince Philip would have approved of his "no fuss" funeral and that it was the 'perfect' way to honour his memory.

Tindall, who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter Zara, also praised the Queen for leading by example when she sat on her own in St George’s Chapel under Covid restrictions.

The former England rugby player spoke about the funeral on his rugby podcast The Good, The Bad And The Rugby.

“Look it’s been a difficult 10 days, and I look back on the day (and) I think as eerie as it was, with no crowds and the social distancing and the way everything was, I think it was the perfect day – how he would have liked it – if that makes any sense whatsoever," he said.

“No fuss, get on with it.

“My love for the Queen was even better, she was sat there completely on her own. Separated herself in terms of, ‘this is what the world is right now, and I’m going to lead by example’ and she’s amazing, literally amazing.”

Despite the funeral being beamed around the world, Tindall said there were personal and moving nods to the family during the afternoon.

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Prince Philip's carriage, used for racing around courses, was parked so it was passed by the funeral procession.

And on his seat were the duke’s cap, whip and brown gloves and a red pot where the Duke kept sugar lumps to give to his ponies.

Prince Philip’s coffin was draped with his personal standard and featured his Admiral of the Fleet Naval cap and sword next to a wreath of white flowers chosen by the Queen with her handwritten card placed alongside.

Tindall said these elements of the day were “eerie moments for the family” and “there were a lot of things that brought home memories”.

He added: “It was a sad day but, you know, I think it was very well run and he was very well looked after and hopefully he’s looking down now and is happy with the day.”

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