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Prince Philip painstaking oversaw every detail of his own funeral.
And it has now emerged that this included the addition of a hidden photographer tucked inside a fake pillar of the steps of St. George’s Chapel.
The Duke of Edinburgh asked 80-year-old longtime Royal snapper Arthur Edwards to take some especially angled snaps of his coffin during the funeral service.
Arthur, who had been photographing the prince for 40 years, was tasked with taking an incognito spot inside a white stone pillar on the steps of the chapel.
Hidden inside a “hidey-hole” pillar, the photographer was alone with his camera and was close up to the royal family and military men carrying the coffin.
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This way, the Duke hoped to get one last incredibly poignant shot of him being carried through the doors.
The service was televised, but due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing restrictions, the guest list was pared down to only 30 people inside the church.
The result was some incredibly clear and touching pictures from the royal photographer, who had met Prince Philip during his time working for The Sun.
They showed the duke’s coffin draped in his standard and being carried up the steps to his final resting place at Windsor Castle.
And in an even more special tribute, Arthur recalled how his individual spot to catch Prince Philip one last time reminded him of when the Queen’s husband had been bird-watching.
“With a letterbox-shaped slit, it was like the bird-watching hides where Prince Philip spent hours of his retirement at Sandringham,” he said in The Sun.
"When his coffin went past my hidey-hole and into the chapel — my last sight of the man I photographed for 40 years — I was overwhelmed with memories of an incredible man.”
Arthur went on to say he was even close enough to witness Prince Charles, the duke’s grieving first son, looking “broken”.
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The photographer said the first in line to the throne appeared close to breaking down in tears, and seemed overwhelmed by the future ahead of him.
"Close to tears, I could see he realised the weight of the task ahead to look after his mother and the monarchy,” Arthur noted.
Prince Philip’s funeral was a powerful service and a fitting tribute to the longest-running consort in Britain’s monarchy.
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He meticulously planned every detail of his funeral service, taking care to design a modified Defender Land Rover and turn it into a hearse.
The Duke was carefully slid on to the back of the vehicle for the ceremonial royal procession around Windsor Castle’s grounds, and was then carried the rest of the way by a group of military guards.
Prince Philip also decided on the music at his funeral in advance.
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