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Prince Philip laid to rest in royal funeral celebrating service to Queen, Britain, Commonwealth

The vault has also been the temporary resting place for almost 30 royals including Philips mother Princess Andrew of Greece.

UK: Prince Philip has been interred in the Royal Vault at St Georges Chapel alongside the remains of 24 other royals including three kings of England But it will likely not be his permanent resting place.

The biggest of seven interment sites inside the chapel the vault houses the remains of King George III whose almost six-decade reign included the years of the American Revolution. His sons King George IV and King William IV are also buried there.

The vault has also been the temporary resting place for almost 30 royals including Philips mother Princess Andrew of Greece. Her remains were transferred to the convent on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem where they now lie near her aunt Grand Duchess Serge of Russia.

Prince philip funeral ceremonyFrom left, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Prince William, Prince Edward, Peter Phillips, the Earl of Snowdon, Prince Harry and Tim Laurence during the procession ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England today (AP Photo)

King George VI the father of Queen Elizabeth II was interred in the Royal Vault for 17 years before his remains were moved to the King George VI Memorial Chapel at St Georges in 1969. His wife Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and daughter Princess Margaret were interred alongside him after they died in 2002.

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II she and Philip are expected to be buried in the Royal Burial Ground on the Frogmore Estate close to Windsor Castle Philip died on April 9 at age 99.

Prince Philip will be remembered as a man of courage fortitude and faith on Saturday at a funeral that salutes both his service in the Royal Navy and his support for Queen Elizabeth II over three quarters of a century.

The Queen wiped away tears and was forced to mourn alone in St George’s Chapel during her husband’s Windsor Castle funeral today.

Her Majesty looked grief-stricken and bowed her head in reverence as she accompanied her beloved Philip’s coffin on its final journey as their eldest son Prince Charles cried as he walked behind the casket into church followed by other devastated royals.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s casket was covered in his personal standard and carried his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers as pallbearers lowered him on to his extraordinary self-designed Land Rover hearse in the castle packed quadrangle packed with hundreds of armed personnel.

The Queen arrived as the national anthem played and the royal Bentley stopped next to her beloved husband’s coffin, where she poignantly paused for a moment of reflection as cannons fired and bells tolled in remembrance of the duke.

Her Majesty was then driven to St George’s Chapel with a lady in waiting, before being sat alone at the front of the church where she stood alone and bowed her head during the national minute’s silence.

Following behind the coffin was the royal procession, led by Philip’s children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

The grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, followed but the feuding brothers was separated by their cousin Peter Phillips.

The Duke of Cambridge entered the chapel one place ahead of his younger brother, as the mourners filed into the historic gothic building without saying anything to each other.

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