Prince Philip’s selfless ‘final wish’ for funeral will ‘not be lost’ on Royal Family

Prince Philip’s funeral will feature a ‘rallying cry’ for his family

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, smiles after unveiling a plaque at the end of his visit to Richmond Adult Community College in Richmond on June 8, 2015 in London, England
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Prince Philip’s last wish for his funeral has a hidden meaning that will reportedly “not be lost" on the Royal Family as he sought to bring them together. 

Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday 17th April will be a poignant tribute to the Queen’s husband of over seven decades. The couple first met in the sweetest way in 1939 and as the longest-serving consort in British history, Philip continued to support Her Majesty throughout their many happy years together. It’s understood that looking after the Queen was one of his final requests to his son Prince Charles before he passed away last week at Windsor Castle. 

Now it seems that the Duke of Edinburgh’s selfless devotion to his wife and family will shine through again during his funeral, which will be attended by just 30 guests. The Last Post will be sounded by Buglers of the Royal Marines from the west end of the Nave towards the end of the service.

As reported by The Mirror, a senior Palace official has stated: “The Last Post which will be sounded by Buglers of the Royal Marines is usually a bugle call signifying the end of the day's activities. But on this occasion it will signify a soldier has gone to his final rest.”

This is not the only bugle call that will be sounded on this significant day, as it’s understood that Prince Philip also requested Action Stations for his funeral.

"The Duke also chose to request the Buglers of the Royal Marines to sound Action Stations”, the Palace official continued. “It is a deeply stirring sound and typically an announcement on a naval warship that all hands must go to battle stations. 

“The symbolism of his final call will not be lost on the family. That even in the Duke's final moments before he is laid to rest he was calling on his troops, his family, to man their posts,” they explained. 

“The Duke often spoke to his family about the need to support the Queen and the institution and perhaps there is no more prominent time than this given the recent history and controversies raging within the family.

“It is very much hoped by all that they use this as a rallying cry to come together.”

Prince Philip’s sad passing comes following a difficult time for the Royal Family. Last month, his grandson Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s “tell-all” Oprah interview aired and included claims that shocked the world. 

In the aftermath of the astonishing revelations, it was reported that the Queen was in “constant crisis” meetings as she sought to mend the rift in her family.

Now it seems in the symbolism of his final requests for his funeral, Prince Philip has once again shown his steadfast support for his beloved wife and the Royal Family. 

Emma Shacklock

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