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Prince Philip’s funeral: Duke of Edinburgh’s ‘no fuss’ service was ‘how he would have liked it’, says Mike Tindall

Written by on 22 April 2021

Prince Philip’s reduced-size funeral was “how he would have liked it”, his grandson-in-law Mike Tindall has said.

Only 30 guests were allowed to attend the service at St George’s chapel, Windsor due to coronavirus restrictions.

But Tindall said, despite the difficulties of grief, it was the “perfect” way to say goodbye to the duke.

Queen Elizabeth II (left) and the Prince of Wales (right) during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021. Image: Only 30 guests were allowed to attend the funeral at St George’s Chapel

“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,” the ex-sportsman told his podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby.

“No fuss, get on with it.”

He added that his admiration of the Queen increased after seeing her “lead by example” by sitting alone due to social distancing rules.

“My love for the Queen was even better, she was sat there completely on her own,” he said.

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“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.”

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat for the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99, at St George's Chapel, in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS Image: The Queen sits alone due to coronavirus restrictions

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral had been years in the planning, with Philip insistent that he did not want a state funeral.

Originally around 800 guests had been earmarked for the event, but lockdown restrictions meant the list had to be confined to 30.

The duke’s coffin arrived in a bespoke Land Rover of his own design, draped with his personal standard and his cap, whip and brown gloves on top.

File photo dated 12/3/2020 of Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Mike Tindall has announced wife Zara, the Queen's grand-daughter, is pregnant with their third child. Image: The couple are pictured at Cheltenham Festival in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic Mike Tindall is pictured second left with the duke right in 2008 Image: Mike Tindall is pictured second left with the duke right in 2008

He also asked for a pot containing sugar lumps – that he would often feed to the Queen’s ponies – to be placed on his coffin.

Tindall said his personal touches were “eerie moments for the family” and “there were a lot of things that brought home memories”.

But 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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