Mike Tindall describes 'eerie' atmosphere of Philip's funeral – 'Brought home memories'


The Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest on Saturday after a moving funeral service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Due to the Covid pandemic and social distancing rules, there were no public crowds and only 30 people were allowed to attend the service. Reflecting on the sad day, Mike commented on the “eerie” atmosphere caused by the strict Covid regulations, but believed the Duke of Edinburgh would have still enjoyed his send off.

The former England rugby international said: “If I look back on the day, I think, as sort of eerie as it was with no crowds and the social distancing and the way everything was, I think it was the perfect day – how he would have liked it, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

“No fuss. Get on with it.”

The sense of loss and eeriness was reinforced by the display and arrangement of items associated with the life of Prince Philip, which powerfully reflected his memory.

Mike explained: “There were eerie moments for the family.

“It could have been his hat on his carriage that he rides, his gloves, or it could be the hat on his coffin and the sword, the bugalist, the piper.

“There were a lot of things that brought home memories.”

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An online book of condolences was also opened to let people share their memories of him.

In a message posted on Twitter to mark her 95th birthday, the Queen thanked the British public for their “support and kindness”.

She said that she and her family had been “deeply touched” and continued to be reminded that the Duke “had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”



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