Holthouse and his counterparts from New Zealand, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago had been positioned within the entrance row to look at as Philip’s coffin arrived on the again of a Land Rover and was carried contained in the historic St George’s Chapel.
“Prince Philip’s engagement with the Australian Defence Power truly started in 1940, when he got here out to Australia as a midshipman on board battleship HMS Ramillies and commenced escorting Australian and New Zealand convoys by means of the Suez Canal,” Holthouse mentioned.
“He was an distinctive officer and I’m positive that if he hadn’t met Her Majesty he would have gone on, no query, to grow to be a really senior member of the Royal Navy.”
Philip’s lead-lined casket was topped along with his naval hat, sword and contemporary flowers bearing a handwritten be aware from the Queen.
The procession to the chapel and 50-minute service inside had been soaked in acknowledgements of Philip’s army service and affinity for the armed forces. The main focus was a direct request by Philip.
The Royal Navy Piping Occasion piped the Nonetheless because the Land Rover-turned hearse reached the chapel. The naval hymn Everlasting Father, Sturdy to Save was sung by a choir of 4 as soon as the coffin was inside. And Motion Stations – a name made on a naval warship to suggest that each one arms ought to go to battle stations – was carried out by the Buglers of the Royal Marines because the service drew to a detailed.
“All of it suggests he was firstly a army officer and that by no means left him,” Holthouse mentioned.
Simply 30 relations had been allowed inside for the service however Holthouse suspects the no-nonsense Philip might need fairly appreciated how Saturday performed out.