Late Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer shared a heartwarming message about Prince Philip’s funeral moments after the ceremony. The ninth Earl Spencer revealed that the burial moved him.
Charles Spencer became a prominent figure in September 1997 when he spoke at the televised funeral ceremony of his beloved sister, the late Princess Diana. Now almost 23 years later, he witnessed another royal burial.
On Saturday, April 17, the world watched as the royal family celebrated the late Prince Philip’s impactful life in an intimate and televised ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Charles Spencer attends The British Book Awards at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. | Photo: Getty Images
Moments after the scaled-down ceremony, which only had 30 guests - including Princess Diana’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry. Spencer took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the service. The ninth Earl Spencer wrote:
“Goodness- what a stunningly moving ceremony.”
The tweet received over 14,000 likes from other royal fans who shared the same sentiment. Many wrote in the comments how touched they were by the personal and intimate nature of the burial.
Prince Philip reportedly designed the hearse himself about 18 years before his demise.
According to reports, the late Duke of Edinburgh played a special role in Princess Diana’s funeral 23 years ago. He walked beside his then-young grandsons Harry and William and Spencer as they all followed in the procession.
Unlike in Princess Diana’s burial, where Spencer gave a touching eulogy, no readings were done at Prince Philip’s ceremony. However, the Dean of Windsor Rev. David Conner said some words in his bid.
Conner praised the late Duke's exceptional life, highlighting his humor and humanity. The dean spoke about the several ways in which Prince Philip's devotion to the Queen has blessed all of mankind.
The limited guests adhered to COVID-19 regulations, wearing masks, with the Queen seated alone in the chapel while others were socially distanced. All of Prince Philip’s children and grandchildren were in attendance.
The kids and grandkids followed behind the duke’s coffin, carried by a modified Land Rover Defender. Prince Philip reportedly designed the hearse himself about 18 years before his demise, with the final touches done in 2019.
The hearse was painted dark bronze-green, following Prince Philip’s instructions. The coffin was covered in a personal flag that honors his Greek and British titles. His naval cap and sword were also placed atop the casket.
The less than one-hour ceremony included hymns chosen by the late duke and a performance of the “Last Post” by the Royal Marines. After the service, Prince Philip’s coffin was lowered into the royal vault at St. George’s Chapel.