Prince Philip laid to rest at Windsor Castle

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The Duke of Edinburgh has been laid to rest in a royal funeral like no other.

His coffin was carried by Grenadier Guardsmen from the inner hall of Windsor Castle onto a green Land Rover, waiting outside.

There was a heavy military presence in line with the duke's wishes, with ceremonial uniforms, richly embroidered guidons and colours, the flags of regimental units, all draped in black crepe.

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The vehicle - built in 2003 in the West Midlands town of Solihull - was designed by the duke himself.

The coffin was draped with the duke's personal standard, with flowers chosen by the Queen and the duke's Admiral of the Fleet Naval Cap and sword, pointing forwards.

Princes Charles, Andrew, Edward and Princess Anne, as well as grandsons Princes William and Harry, followed the Land Rover hearse in a procession to St George's Chapel, Windsor.

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The Queen, in black and wearing Queen Mary’s eye-catching Richmond brooch, arrived in the state Bentley, other senior royals in a fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms.

The queen chose to sit alone in as she buried her husband of 73 years.

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Tributes were left to the two clergy present. The dean of Windsor, David Conner, praised his “kindness, humour and humanity” and said the nation was “ inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen”. The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave thanks for “ his resolute faith and loyalty” and his “high sense of duty and integrity”.

The Garter King of Arms read the duke’s 15 styles and titles aloud.

Though scaled-back, 730 armed forces personnel still took part, among them, representatives of HMS Magpie. The latest addition to the Royal Navy’s hydrographic squadron, it is named after Philip’s only command on the anti-submarine frigate HMS Magpie from 1950-51.

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Minute guns were fired from the castle’s east lawn, and the castle’s Curfew Tower bell tolled during the eight-minute procession. A national minute’s silence began and ended with guns fired from saluting stations around the UK and in Gibraltar.

A piped lament, The last post, and the reveille all sounded as the service came to a close. Then Action Stations, a seven-second bugle call to scramble warship crew to battle positions, was played at Philip’s request.