Philip’s coffin seen in public for first time in sombre moment at Windsor Castle

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin has been seen in public for the first time as a bearer party of Grenadier Guardsmen carried it from Windsor Castle to a Land Rover Defender hearse.

Prince Philip’s funeral procession set off with the coffin followed by senior royals led by the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal.

Prince Harry and Prince William were also standing stoic in the procession, separated by their cousin Peter Philips.

Walking behind the royal family are members of Philip’s household while in front of the coffin are the Services chiefs.

Every minute of the procession, which will last eight minutes, a gun will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn of Windsor Castle.

Also in the procession are the Earl of Wessex, Duke of York, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Duke of Cambridge, Vice Admiral Tim Lawrence and the Earl of Snowdon.

Members of the royal family already at St George’s Chapel watched from the Galilee Porch entrance and bowed their heads as the procession passed.

The Queen’s vehicle stopped at the entrance and she joined the other mourners.

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The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex walked in the procession as they approached St George’s Chapel.

The pair were either side of their cousin Peter Phillips.

The brothers wore black and walked in silence.

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A round fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery signalled the start of the national one-minute silence and another booming volley marked its end.

The Royal Marines carried the coffin up the steps and at the top it was received by the Dean of Windsor David Conner, who will conduct the funeral, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Members of the royal family who took part in the procession followed the coffin as it was carried into the chapel and put on face masks before walking in pairs through the nave and into the quire behind the coffin.

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