Prince Philip

Military remembers Prince Philip at thanksgiving service

Members of the military were at the Westminster Abbey ceremony, alongside the Royal Family and politicians.

More than 100 members of the British military have attended a service in remembrance of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen and the Prime Minister were among those in attendance at the Westminster Abbey service, as was Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, who serves in the Royal Navy as Prince Philip did.

The Band of the Royal Marines provided music before and after the service, while Household Cavalry trumpeters and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force's fanfare team were also among the order of service.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall, who succeeded Prince Philip as colonel-in-chief of the Rifles in 2020, wore a regimental brooch.

Also among those attending were Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Flower arrangements during the service featured blue eryngium, also known as 'sea holly' – a nod to the duke's Navy career.

Watch: Prince Philip recalled his biggest influence during a 1995 interview with BFBS about his military career and service in World War Two.

The Duke of Edinburgh's intellect, work ethic, sense of humour and devotion to his family were celebrated in an address by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner, who paid tribute to the Duke as a "remarkable man" who was committed to "a host of down-to-earth enterprises".

He pointed out that Prince Philip could be "abrupt" and suggested that at times he could forget "just how intimidating he could be".

Addressing the congregation in Westminster Abbey, Mr Conner added: "He would hate to think that I should paint a picture of him as a 'plaster saint'; someone without the usual human foibles and failings.

"He was far too self-aware ever to be taken in by flattery. Of course, it must be said that his life bore the marks of sacrifice and service.

"Certainly, he could show great sympathy and kindness. There is no doubt that he had a delightfully engaging, and often self-deprecating, sense of humour."

He added: "It is quite clear that his mind held together both speculation and common sense. Moreover, nobody would ever doubt his loyalty and deep devotion to our Queen and to their family."

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