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tv   The Funeral of HRH The Prince...  BBC News  April 18, 2021 10:30am-11:01am BST

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now on bbc news, a special programme on the funeral of his royal highness, prince philip, the duke of edinburgh. for more than 1,000 years, in good times and in bad, the town of windsor has taken pride in its enduring bond with the monarchy. and today, under blue skies and in glorious sunshine, the royal borough provides the setting for a funeral. a ceremonial funeral, as the longest—serving consort in the history of the royal family is laid to rest. a long and productive lifetime,
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a history of real achievement, a peaceful death at the age of 99. these are all things certainly to celebrate and to mark with gratitude. today's funeral for his royal highness the prince philip, duke of edinburgh will certainly celebrate a life well lived. but it will also be a time of grief and loss for her majesty the queen, who, for over 70 years counted on the strength and advice of a dutiful husband and consort. it's a time of loss, too, for the children, grandchildren and the wider family. it was here at windsor castle, eight days ago, that prince philip passed away, and it is here in the private chapel that the prince has been lying at rest before today's funeral, which will take place within the castle precincts in the splendour of st george's chapel. the burial place of some
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of britain's greatest monarchs. and we have the band of the royal marines making a very, very grand and impressive entrance. they, too, are part of this tri—service band today. we saw the royal air force marines just starting, taking their place, and they will be playing a selection of music. it's a glorious selection of music, which, again, is a list of tunes that the duke wanted himself — very much his own choice. let's take in this scene, because this is one of the most poignant moments. that there in the bottom of the shot we have just seen, and now we have a great view of it, is the carriage, that is the duke's carriage. he was a very expert carriage driver. and on the seat of the carriage, just to underline again how poignant this is, we have the cap and the whip.
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there we have them. and all of this planned, all of this there for people to take in the interests, the commitments, the diligence in the best possible sense of the duke in all areas of life, but this is just a lovely element, i think. the carriage, which willjust stand there as a reminder of something that he took on at the age of 50 and went on to do for over a0 years. look at this. this is a land rover — clearly — but it is a land rover that has been converted into effect into a hearse, and it has been designed over the course of many years, actually, modified from the year 2003 initially by the duke himself. music.
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god save the queen.
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and the lastjourney begins. after a lifetime of carefully keeping two steps behind the queen, today, on his finaljourney, the duke takes precedence for the first and the last time. gun fires. bell tolls. band continues playing. whistles blow.
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gun fires. # and though after my skin, worms destroy this body. # yet in my flesh shall i see god. # whom i shall see for myself. # and mine eye shall behold and not another.
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# we brought nothing into this world. # and it is certain we can carry nothing out. # the lord gave, and the lord hath taken away #. we are here today in st george's chapel to commit into the hands of god the soul of his servant prince philip, duke of edinburgh. with grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us.
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we have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our queen, by his service to the nation and the commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith. 0ur lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity. we therefore pray that god will give us grace to follow his example, and that, with our brother philip, at the last, we shall know the joys of life eternal. # lord, have mercy upon us. # christ, have mercy upon us.
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# lord, have mercy upon us #. # 0ur father, which art in heaven. # hallowed be thy name. # thy kingdom come. # thy will be done in earth. # as it is in heaven. # give us this day our daily bread. # and forgive us our trespasses. # as we forgive them. # that trespass against us. # and lead us not into temptation.
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# but deliver us from evil. # amen #. we remember before thee this day philip, duke of edinburgh, rendering thanks unto thee — for his resolute faith and loyalty, for his high sense of duty and integrity, for his life of service to the nation and commonwealth, and for the courage and inspiration of his leadership. to him, with all the faithful departed grant thy peace. let light perpetual shine upon them and in thy loving wisdom and almighty power work in them
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the good purpose of thy perfect will, throuthesus christ our lord. amen. # give rest, 0 christ. # to thy servant with thy saints. # where sorrow and pain are no more. # neither sighing.
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# but life everlasting #. go forth upon thyjourney from this world, 0 christian soul. in the name of god the father almighty who created thee. in the name ofjesus christ who suffered for thee. in the name of the holy spirit who strengtheneth thee. may thy portion this day be
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in peace, and thy dwelling in the heavenlyjerusalem. amen.
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music: last post.
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music: reveille.
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god grant to the living grace, to the departed rest, to the church, the queen, the commonwealth and all people, unity, peace and concord, and to us and all god's servants, life everlasting.
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and the blessing of god almighty, father, son and holy spirit be with you all and remain with you always. amen. # god save our gracious queen. # long live our noble queen. # god save the queen. # send her victorious. # happy and glorious. # long to reign over us. # god save the queen #.
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organ plays. prince philip, the duke of edinburgh, being taken to his resting place in the royal vault beneath st george's chapel, windsor. her majesty the queen, who will be 95 in a few days' time, being accompanied by the dean of windsor and the archbishop of canterbury. followed by prince charles, prince andrew, princess anne, prince edward, and theirfamilies from the chapel at the end of this funeral service.
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a funeral service so powerful in its simplicity and its elements, reflecting the long life and the unshakeable christian faith of the duke of edinburgh. the dean of windsor, david conner, who presided over the service and officiated with dignity and calm, accompanying the queen to the car. i'm sure that you at home will have been reflecting as we did in the studio, robert and katie here with me, on the beauty of that
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service and its simplicity. we think of the queen who's, as you say, alone. she's hopefully getting all the support she needs but she's alone in a different sense. they were not a couple who'd come together for any strategic reasons in that sense. no, it was a very enduring love story. a 73—year marriage, really quite remarkable. and of course they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary and i think, you know, the duke does represent a generation that is passed now and one that does continue to live on in the queen, but theirs was a wonderful love story and this is one of the final images that we saw of the duke and, as you said, they had... i think the queen does take great comfort in these times that they had together at windsor. this past year, for all the hardship, it is a year that has brought them together when they might otherwise not have been. that must be of great comfort. i do think today underlines the fact that, in the same way as history
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talks about victoria and albert, i really do think history is going to talk for ever more about elizabeth and philip. i love this image — look at this. this was wonderful. this was released yesterday. that's right. it's sophie wessex's photo, isn't it? yes, it was taken in the scottish highlands by the countess of wessex, and this was a partnership at the heart of the royal family, has been the most successful partnership. the queen and her close family are now back in the state apartments here at windsor castle, no doubt reflecting on a deeply moving service, a very dignified and sharp and stylish military procession which symbolised all that was vital — all that was salient, really — in the long life of prince philip, the duke of edinburgh. he now rests in peace in the royal vault beneath st george's chapel, having fought the good fight, having finished the race and having kept the faith. from windsor, goodbye.
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hello. there's a lot of dry weather in the forecast not only for the rest of the day but also through the week ahead. we started off in england and wales on a chilly note, but with some beautiful spring sunshine and it's quite pleasant out there now. it does look as though the beginning of this week will be a bit warmer than last week because of the wind direction, but the wind changes once again. noticeably cooler from midweek, and that means we could see a return to more significant night—time frosts. there is some rain around, that said, as you can see across parts of western scotland, out of northern ireland into the isle of man. that is just bringing more cloud into western fringes of wales and south—west england as well. but for the remainder of the day, the further east you go, dry, settled and sunny with a light breeze and temperatures will respond. we could see into the middle of the afternoon highs of 15 or 16.
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a bit cooler into the far north under the cloud, a bit more of a breeze here and staying quite murky to higher ground. that weather front will retreat a little bit further north and west overnight, but it's still sitting out in the atlantic. it's still going to continue to bring quite a lot of cloud into the far north—west. here it will stay mild through the night. we can draw in more low cloud and fog through the vale of york down into lincolnshire perhaps, and into north norfolk as well. not as cold a start as previous mornings. we'll keep those temperatures perhaps up just above freezing. so, on monday, a largely dry story to begin with. that fog will burn back to the north sea, a good deal of sunshine coming through. cloudy with light patchy rain into the western isles and maybe to the west of northern ireland, here a bit of a nuisance, but in terms of the feel of things, maybe 17 an expected high. it looks likely, as we move out of monday into tuesday,
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that this area of high pressure is going to build in from the atlantic and drift steadily eastwards. that will push and weaken the weather front considerably, but more importantly it means a change of wind direction. more of a northerly flow, which will drag the slightly cooler air across the country, and that will mean a change to the feel of the weather. particularly on those exposed east coasts, cooler with the breeze coming in off the sea. take care.
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