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Queen Elizabeth Sits Alone At Prince Philip's Funeral In Heartbreaking Image

Carly Ledbetter
·Senior Reporter, HuffPost
·3-min read

Queen Elizabeth said her final goodbyes to her beloved husband of over 70 years, Prince Philip, at a funeral service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday.

She arrived at the chapel in a state Bentley alongside her lady in waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, before taking her seat.

An image of the grieving queen, seated alone in mourning dress before the service, captured hearts. The moving photo was taken by PA photographer Jonathan Brady, who said that it “was an honour” to work Prince Philip’s funeral from inside the chapel today.

“Though today was tinged with sadness, better times will come. Be safe,” he tweeted.

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It clearly struck a chord with many.

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Lewis Goodall, policy editor for BBC Newsnight, tweeted out another photo of the queen, seated by herself, and said: “This very moving image of the Queen having to sit alone is surely destined to be one of the photographs of the pandemic.”

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The queen and Philip were married for 73 years. She once called the duke her “strength and stay” in a speech in honor of the couple’s golden wedding anniversary, marking 50 years together.

“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know,” the queen said during the speech on Nov. 20, 1997.

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh during "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday on June 12, 2016, in London. (Photo: Jeff Spicer via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh during "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday on June 12, 2016, in London. (Photo: Jeff Spicer via Getty Images)

Prior to the funeral service on Saturday, the royal family’s social media accounts shared on behalf of the queen a previously unseen photo of her and Philip together.

The photo was taken by Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, on the top of the Coyles of Muick, Scotland, in 2003, the caption said.

“Her Majesty and the Royal Family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to see and hear so many people sharing fond memories of The Duke, in celebration of his life,” the caption added.

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The Duchess of Cambridge arrives, mask on, for the funeral. 
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives, mask on, for the funeral.
Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince William, Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones, Peter Phillips, Prince Edward, Prince Harry and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence before the funeral.
Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince William, Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones, Peter Phillips, Prince Edward, Prince Harry and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence before the funeral.
Members of the royal family follow the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin before his funeral on Saturday.
Members of the royal family follow the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin before his funeral on Saturday.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard, is seen on the Land Rover that he had helped modify for his funeral.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard, is seen on the Land Rover that he had helped modify for his funeral.
Princes William (left) and Harry walk in the procession.
Princes William (left) and Harry walk in the procession.
Ponies pull the Duke of Edinburgh's driving carriage at Windsor Castle.
Ponies pull the Duke of Edinburgh's driving carriage at Windsor Castle.
Prince Charles cries as he walks behind his father's coffin. 
Prince Charles cries as he walks behind his father's coffin.
The queen arrives for the service.
The queen arrives for the service.
Queen Elizabeth takes her seat.
Queen Elizabeth takes her seat.
The coffin is carried into the quire during the funeral service.
The coffin is carried into the quire during the funeral service.
Prince William and Kate Middleton at St. George's Chapel during the service.
Prince William and Kate Middleton at St. George's Chapel during the service.
The Duke of Sussex sits alone, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, as he attends the funeral service of his grandfather.
The Duke of Sussex sits alone, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, as he attends the funeral service of his grandfather.
Images of the queen and the duke are displayed on screens at Piccadilly Circus in London while the funeral is held at Windsor.
Images of the queen and the duke are displayed on screens at Piccadilly Circus in London while the funeral is held at Windsor.
Princess Beatrice of York (right) and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, at St George's Chapel.
Princess Beatrice of York (right) and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, at St George's Chapel.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, needs a tissue.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, needs a tissue.
Wreaths from members of the royal family lie against the pews during the funeral.
Wreaths from members of the royal family lie against the pews during the funeral.
Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank pictured in the pews. 
Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank pictured in the pews.
The Duchess of Cornwall departs after the funeral.
The Duchess of Cornwall departs after the funeral.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.