Queen’s funeral wish for Prince Philip that Charles ‘denied for Princess Diana’

The Queen’s state funeral will be accompanied by all the pomp associated with a great royal state occasion.

It will provide a stark contrast to her beloved Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, which was conducted with “minimum fuss” in accordance with his wishes, Buckingham Palace said at the time.

Despite his 67 years of service at Her Majesty’s side, he was given a ceremonial funeral, not a state funeral, which was attended by just 30 of his closest family and friends due to Covid.

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The Queen insisted on honouring Philip's final wishes as best she could given the pandemic, respecting his desire to have a low-key funeral, a wish that she had reportedly expressed for Princess Diana too.

Diana died at the age of 36 in an horrific car crash that took not only her life but that of her boyfriend at the time, Dodi Fayed.

Diana’s very public funeral has been criticised in recent years, and it has been said the Queen wanted her burial to be a private matter.

Instead, Diana's ex-husband, now King Charles, reportedly insisted upon the funeral being a ceremonial event, against Her Majesty’s express wishes.

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Princess Diana was embalmed in France then taken back to England, where the Royal Family and her brother, Earl Spencer made arrangements for her burial.

Operation Tay Bridge, the funeral plan for the Queen Mother, had been rehearsed for 22 years and was used as the basis for Diana's funeral.

The event was not a state funeral; instead, it was a royal ceremonial funeral that included royal pageantry and Anglican funeral liturgy.

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Diana's funeral attracted large crowds in London and millions around the world watched the event on television as her sons Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind her coffin.

Prince Charles, his father Prince Philip and Diana's brother also walked behind her until she arrived at Westminster Abbey.

With King Charles taking the throne, the Duchess of Cornwall – Camilla Parker-Bowles – has become Queen Consort.

Prince Philip was offered the title Prince Consort when the late Queen Elizabeth II became monarch, but a series of letters between him and then prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill, made it clear that he “refused even to consider accepting any new title at present”.

Philip had been made the Duke of Edinburgh by Princess Elizabeth’s father, George VI, just before his 1947 wedding.

The Queen went on to make him a prince in 1957.

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