Australia to remember Philip after funeral

Queen Elizabeth and senior royals have bid a final farewell to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Queen Elizabeth and senior royals have bid a final farewell to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Australia will hold a memorial service for Prince Philip after the Queen bid a final farewell to her husband in an intimate coronavirus-secure funeral at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

St Peter's Cathedral in Adelaide is due to hold a memorial service for the prince on Sunday evening officiated by the head of the Anglican Church in Australia, Archbishop of Adelaide Geoff Smith.

Only 30 guests were able to attend the funeral service for Prince Philip overnight due to the restrictions in place in the UK for the coronavirus pandemic.

All wore face masks and maintained their distance inside the chapel.

The Duke of Edinburgh died in his sleep on April 9, two months before his 100th birthday and shortly after a month-long stay in hospital.

Australia was represented by Defence Adviser to the UK Commodore Guy Holthouse on Saturday, who was positioned in the Horseshoe Cloister of Windsor Castle as the coffin arrived to a guard of honour.

Prince Philip's insignias from across the Commonwealth, including the Knight of the Order of Australia - announced in 2015 - and the Order of New Zealand, from 2013, were placed on the altar in St George's Chapel.

The Queen spoke to Australia's Governor-General David Hurley by telephone on Friday, according to the court circular.

Thanksgiving services for the life of Prince Philip took place earlier this week at St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney and St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne, with attendees including the governor-general and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Australians have sent thousands of condolence messages online via the government website pmc.gov.au, which will be forwarded to Buckingham Palace.

Prince Philip visited Australia 21 times, the first in 1940 before his marriage to the then-Princess Elizabeth.

Australian Associated Press