Photos of Prince Philip's funeral show how the world bid farewell to the longest-serving consort in British history

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Her Majesty the Queen sits alone in St George's Chapel at her husband's funeral. JONATHAN BRADY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
  • Prince Philip's funeral was on Saturday at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

  • Only 30 people attended the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral because of the coronavirus.

  • The late prince was intimately involved in planning the historic service.

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Flowers were placed at Windsor Castle ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

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Flowers at Windsor Castle at Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool/Pool/Getty Images

Hundreds of bouquets covered the lawn to honor the late Prince Philip.

Police had to block traffic for a coach for the funeral as mourners gathered in the streets.

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Police move a crowd for a car on its way to Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

Although only 30 people were able to attend the service because of the UK's coronavirus restrictions, mourners gathered in the streets on the day of Prince Philip's funeral to pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Police had to move crowds and stop traffic to make way for a coach ahead of the funeral.

Mourners also gathered at Buckingham Palace.

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Crowds gathered at the palace ahead of Prince Philip's funeral. Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images

Although the palace urged people not to break COVID-19 restrictions for the funeral as they did on the day of Prince Philip's death, a large group still gathered in front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday.

They gathered to observe a national minute of silence in honor of the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

Multiple groups of officers processed into the event.

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The Kings Troop Royal Artillery processing into Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

Multiple military and royal groups processed into the funeral to honor Philip's life of service.

In this shot, the Kings Troop Royal Artillery processed into the event. Soldiers from the Queen's Royal Hussars and Grenadier Guards, members of the Royal Navy, and the Band of the Rifles also took part in the event.

Prince Philip's medals and insignia were put on display at St George's Chapel.

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Prince Philip's Insignia and royal badges at his funeral on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

The displays included Prince Philip's Insignia, his RAF Wings and Field Marshal's Baton, and an Order of Merit.

There were also badges from Greece and Denmark, nodding to the prince's royal history with the countries.

A Land Rover Prince Philip turned into a custom hearse carried his casket.

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A custom hearse at Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

The Duke of Edinburgh spent 16 years turning the vehicle into a hearse for his funeral.

The late prince, who loved Land Rovers, had the vehicle painted a military-green color to nod to his military background. It also has an open back that his casket was later placed upon.

Soldiers saluted Prince Philip ahead of the funeral.

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Service members saluted Prince Philip ahead of his funeral service on April 17, 2021. Samir Hussein / Contributor / Getty Images

Service members saluted Philip as the custom hearse was prepared to carry him to St George's Chapel for the funeral.

Prince Philip had a long military history.

Some members of the royal family arrived at the funeral in cars.

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Kate Middleton arrived at the funeral via car. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were among the guests who arrived at the funeral in cars instead of processing into the service on foot.

Only nine people followed the hearse on foot, including Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry.

Prince Charles and Princess Anne prepared to enter St George's Chapel.

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Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. BBC News Live

Charles and Anne looked stoic before they processed behind their father's casket.

Prince Philip's eldest children were among the select group of people chosen to process on foot behind the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral hearse.

Prince Philip's casket was carried to the hearse by members of the Queen's Company.

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Prince Philip's casket being carried to his custom hearse on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, carried the Duke of Edinburgh's casket to the hearse.

The casket was covered in the national flag of Greece, Mountbatten stripes, and Prince Philip's hat from the Royal Navy.

Members of the royal family processed behind Prince Philip's hearse.

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The processional follows the hearse. Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The group included Prince Philip's four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.

Three of his grandsons walked in the group as well: Prince William, Prince Harry, and Peter Phillips.

Princess Anne's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, and Princess Margaret's son, the Earl of Snowdon, were in the processional as well.

The Duke of Edinburgh was transferred to St George's Chapel in his custom hearse.

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Prince Philip's funeral procession. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

He was accompanied by a procession of his family members, as well as royal guards.

Although the funeral was small, the ceremonial procession was attended by more people.

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Prince Philip's ceremonial procession on April 17, 2021. Mark Cuthbert / Contributor / Getty Images

The processional walked from the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to St George's Chapel.

Members of the family who didn't walk in Prince Philip's procession waited at St George's Chapel.

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Royal family members wait at St George's Chapel for Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

Because only nine members of the family processed with the Duke of Edinburgh, his other relatives waited at the church for the arrival.

The group included Kate Middleton, Mike and Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, and Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Prince William and Prince Harry did not walk side by side at the funeral.

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Prince William, Peter Phillips, and Prince Harry at Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

Their cousin, Peter Phillips, walked between them.

The separation was a "practical" decision according to Buckingham Palace, but the physical distance between the brothers hinted at the tension in their relationship.

The Queen arrived at the funeral via the State Bentley.

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Her Majesty The Queen arriving at Prince Philip's funeral. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

The Queen did not walk in the funeral procession, riding in a car instead.

Only her face was visible from the car. Her eyes were visible between a black hat and coordinating mask.

Prince Charles walked just behind his father's hearse.

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Prince Charles at Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. UK Press Pool / Contributor / Getty Images

Following his father's death, the Prince of Wales released a statement about his father's death on behalf of the royal family.

"As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously," he said.

"He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow," the prince added.

Princess Anne, who was particularly close to the Duke of Edinburgh, walked next to Prince Charles.

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Princess Anne at Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. Mark Cuthbert / Contributor / Getty Images

"My father has been my teacher, my supporter, and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well-lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate," the princess said of her father after he died.

Prince Andrew made a rare public appearance at the funeral.

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Prince Andrew walked in the funeral procession. Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Andrew has not made many public appearances since stepping back from his royal duties in 2019 as a result of his friendship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

He broke his silence after his father's death, telling the press that his father's death had "left a huge void" in the Queen's life.

The funeral also brought Harry and Andrew together for the first time since the former was recorded by YouTube prankers saying he was "completely separate" from his uncle.

Prince Philip's casket was placed in the center of St George's Chapel.

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Prince Philip's casket. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

The attendees sat in the pews surrounding the aisle, so the casket was visible to all.

The Dean of Windsor spoke at the funeral.

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The Dean of Windsor at Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

The Dean of Windsor led the service, which lasted just under an hour.

Queen Elizabeth II sat alone at the funeral.

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Her Majesty the Queen sits alone in St George's Chapel at her husband's funeral. JONATHAN BRADY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The Queen was most likely separated from others during the event because of the coronavirus restrictions.

She wore an all-black ensemble, including a black hat and mask.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, sat directly across from the Queen.

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Prince Charles and Camilla. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

Camilla arrived at the funeral in a car, and the Prince of Wales joined her in the chapel after processing in with his siblings and children.

The long-time couple were married in a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall in 2005.

Other attendees appeared to sit according to household during the service.

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Attendees at Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

Those at the funeral did not sit together, again because of coronavirus restrictions.

The attendees appeared to be sitting according to household, with Kate Middleton and William sitting together.

Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, sit together in this shot as well.

Prince Harry also sat alone during the service.

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Prince Harry at Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

Prince Harry was the only member of his household present at the funeral, since Meghan Markle was not given clearance to fly due to her pregnancy.

Markle — who watched the funeral from home in California — still played a special role in the ceremony, sending a handwritten note along with a custom-made wreath that was laid upon Philip's casket.

Prince Harry and Prince William talked and walked together after the funeral.

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Prince William and Prince Harry spoke after Prince Philip's funeral. NBC News Now

The princes did not process together before the funeral, but they did leave the service together, alongside Kate Middleton.

The brothers chatted as they walked, potentially signaling that their relationship is on the mend.

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