In one of the most emotional moments of a lifetime, the future king was simply a grieving son.
Prince Charles was fighting back tears Saturday as he participated in the scaled-back pageantry of the funeral of his father, Prince Philip, on Saturday.
One of just 30 mourners attending because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Prince of Wales, 72, was flushed and grim as he led the procession of his father’s coffin from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel.
As the procession entered the chapel, Charles blinked back tears. While he wore a black mask, Charles’ eyes showed the emotion of the moment, The Sun reported.
Charles and Queen Elizabeth II led a one-minute silence for the Duke of Edinburgh as the funeral began. The family was socially distanced in the chapel, sitting in separate rows. During the service, Camilla Parker-Bowles, shifted her position to get closer to her husband as he blinked away tears.
Charles made no public statement Saturday, but paid tribute to his father last week following the death of the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh.
“My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that,” he said in the statement.
“It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. Thank you.”