Funeral of Prince Philip: This is how the European royal families say goodbye

Funeral of Prince Philip
This is how the European royal families say goodbye

The Duke of Edinburgh at a polo match in 2018.

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Few people can attend Prince Philip’s funeral. The European nobility is therefore saying goodbye in a different way.

Because of the corona pandemic, only 30 people can attend the funeral service for the deceased Prince Philip (1921-2021) at Windsor Castle. The European nobility pays the prince consort of Queen Elizabeth II (94) therefore on Saturday (April 17th) in a different way.

The Swedes send wreaths of flowers to Windsor and ring a bell

The Swedish royals shared several photos from British state visits on her Instagram account. On the first of the two trips in 1956, Prince Philip and the Queen met King Gustaf Adolf (1882-1973) and Queen Louise (1889-1965). The Queen was the aunt of the Duke of Edinburgh. During their visit in 1983, however, the British royals were received by today’s King Carl Gustaf (74) and Queen Silvia (77).

“As a final greeting, the royal family sent wreaths of flowers to today’s funeral service in Windsor,” announced the Swedish royal family alongside the series of pictures. In addition, a bell in Stockholm in honor of the deceased Prince Consort rang between noon and 1 p.m.

Norway hoists the flag at half mast, Denmark issues special medals

In Sweden’s neighboring country Norway, the Queen’s husband is also commemorated on the day of his funeral. From the balcony of the palace in Oslo a flag will fly at half mast, announced King Harald (84) via Instagram. Two photos of Prince Philip can also be seen on the social media platform – a portrait and a shared picture with Norway’s monarch.

On the other hand, the Danish royal family is exhibiting Prince Philip’s special order of elephants in his honor in a church. In an Instagram post, which shows a photo of the order, is said to have been awarded to the recently deceased on November 16, 1947. The coat of arms contained therein was said to have been worn by the prince “in the period from 1947 to 1949”.

Luxembourg’s Grand Duke has two flags set at half-mast

The Luxembourg Grand Duke Henri von Nassau (66) also wants to pay “one last tribute” to Prince Philip. As in Norway, flags are supposed to fly at half-mast in the small state southwest of Germany – at the grand ducal palace and Berg Castle. A photo of it can already be found on Instagram.

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