The meaning behind Prince Philip’s funeral wreath chosen personally by The Queen for her husband

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In preparation for her final goodbye to her husband Prince Philip, The Queen went out of her way to get a wreath made with flowers that meant something to the Royal couple.

Her Majesty, who chose not to sit in the front row for the service, chose white lilies, small white roses, white freesia, white wax flower, white sweet peas and jasmine for the wreath.

Each flower was carefully selected and chosen because of it's significance to the pair over their 73 years of marriage.

As well as being a sign of respect or remembrace, the white rose is the flower of June, which is Prince Philip's birth month.

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White lilies represent rebirth and Jasmine flowers are used to show a departure or sharing thanks.

The white wax flowers symbolise an everlasting love or a relationship that deals with trials and tribulations.

The beautful wreath was placed on top of the coffin, as well as his Naval cap, sword and personal standard.

The Queen was one of 30 guests at The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, with the guest list shortened because of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

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Also present at the ceremony were Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Prince Harry flew in from California to be with his mourning family and to commemorate his beloved grandad.

The Queen was also heartbreakingly required to sit by herself at the ceremony because of Coronavirus restrictions.

In a move that echoed the Queen Mother’s 2002 funeral, no members of the Royal family delivered readings and there was no eulogy.

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However in the Bidding, the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, poignantly told the congregation: “With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which [Prince Philip's] long life has been a blessing to us.

“We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.

“Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity."

The service commemorated Prince Philip’s association with the Royal Navy, with music chosen for the day including the opening hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save.

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