Royal Family honour Prince Philip with a farewell photograph and tribute following his funeral

Bethan Rose Jenkins
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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The Royal Family has shared a touching photograph of Prince Philip in a post dedicated to the Duke's memory yesterday (19 April), following his funeral. 

The photo was shared on the official Palace Instagram account and is taken from behind the Duke of Edinburgh, as he doffs a traditional black bowler hat. 

The gesture suggests he is bidding a final farewell, making it a fitting choice for a last tribute to the much-loved royal. 

The moving image was accompanied by the words; “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 1921-2021.”

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The post was liked more than 1.7 million times and many messages of condolence were left in the comments from members of the public. 

“What a grand photo. Farewell, Prince Philip. May you rest in forever peace,” read one message. 

“A man that did so much for this country but kept it so quiet. Bless you,” wrote one well-wisher while others said his passing marked “the end of an era” and said the Duke would “always be remembered and loved.”

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The image was shared following the funeral of Prince Philip, which took place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on Saturday (17 April). 

The moving ceremony was attended by 30 guests including the Queen, Prince Charles, Harry, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. 

Originally, 800 guests were due to be invited but plans had to be altered due to restrictions surrounding the pandemic. 

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Military salutes and honours were still able to take place and members of the family walked with the coffin to the chapel, which was transported on a custom Land Rover hearse the Duke had helped design. 

Tributes from family members and word leaders across the Commonwealth and beyond flooded in following the announcement of Prince Philip’s death on Friday 9 April.

The Queen has reportedly "been amazing" since the loss of her husband, according to Sophie Wessex, wife of Prince Philip and the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward.

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