The late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip’s funeral transpired on Saturday, April 17. Due to COVID-19, strict safety protocols were followed, one of which was seating Queen Elizabeth alone in a pew at the church.
There were only 30 people in attendance at the funeral, which took place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. A picture of the Queen sitting alone in the church drew much sympathy from people all around the world. Many commented that it was cruel to have her sit without her family around her, and others saluted her for her courage.
The Queen and Prince were married for 73 years, and he was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
Take a look at the public’s reaction to the picture of Queen Elizabeth. Other pictures of her, naturally looking solemn and sometimes emotional, were also shared and condolences poured in.
Whatever you think of the royal family this 94 year old lady has just had to say goodbye to her husband who she married 73 years ago totally alone. She’s going to have to figure out how to live her life without him by her side. #PrincePhillip #QueenElizabeth #PrincePhilipfuneral pic.twitter.com/z6kYJf2MtG
— Kat (@KCzartowski) April 17, 2021
— Amir Tadros Raafat 🦅 (@AmirTadros) April 17, 2021
— Dalia Taylor Winslow (@thisiscoral) April 17, 2021
I don’t care who you are. Being sat alone for the funeral of your spouse of 70+ years is heartbreaking. Prayers of grace and peace for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. #PrincePhilipfuneral pic.twitter.com/9j7DNpCL7n
— Sherry (@sherry_usmcwife) April 17, 2021
The Queen is the embodiment of dignity, class, reticence. Even at the saddest and darkest times. I have so much admiration and respect for her. Standing alone. My heart really goes out to her. She’s an inspiration to all.#PrincePhilipFuneral #QueenElizabeth
— Tamsin 🥀 (@MissTottenamite) April 17, 2021
It was heartbreaking to see a 94 year old woman say goodbye to her husband of 73 years, all by herself, without anyone to support her. So many haven’t been able to say goodbye properly to loved ones…COVID-19 is such a cruel illness 😔💔#PrincePhilipfuneral #QueenElizabeth pic.twitter.com/YKW4BzLLxz
— Azad (@AazMedia) April 17, 2021