At Prince Philip’s funeral, Princess Anne defied “royal convention” with a poignant gesture.
PRINCESS Anne went behind her father’s casket at St George’s Chapel before of his funeral, a function “usually reserved” for the Royal Family’s male members.
In a break from royal custom, Princess Anne took up the “sombre job” of walking behind the hearse at the funeral of her father, Prince Philip. The Princess Royal walked at the head of the column beside Prince Charles, which is traditionally reserved for male members of the Royal Family. Princess Anne had a close relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh and was frequently referred to as his favorite child because of their shared interests and characteristics.
“Princess Anne, like the rest of the Royal Family, was crushed by her father’s death,” according to The List.
According to CBS news, “Anne notably walked behind her father’s casket during his funeral procession – a break from custom as the melancholy chore is generally reserved for men.”
“After the funeral, she honored her father even more by writing individualized cards to people who had shown sorrow.
The cards featured her monogram and a message that said, “The Princess Royal appreciates you for your good thoughts and gives you best wishes for the future,” according to PureWow.
The Duke’s only daughter issued a poignant letter to the Royal Family website following the announcement of his death on April 9.
“You know it’s going to happen, but you’re never really prepared,” she said. My father has been a teacher, a cheerleader, and a critic, but it is his example of a well-lived life and selfless devotion that I most aspire to emulate.
“Through all of the organizations with which he was connected, he demonstrated his ability to treat each person as an individual with their own set of skills.
“We will miss him, but he leaves behind a legacy that can serve as an inspiration to us all.”
Prince Philip and his daughter had a tight relationship, and the two shared a passion for sports and a strong feeling of responsibility to the monarchy.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the Duke was frequently seen cheering on Princess Anne at her equestrian competitions, subsequently praising her work ethic.
Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, as well as Prince Harry, were among the Royal Family members who walked behind the coffin. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”