The prince planned his farewell for many years, and even foresees a photographer to capture everything from the foreground.
According to royal photographer Arthur Edwards, who has covered the royal family for more than 40 years, Prince Philip meticulously planned his own funeral, long before his death on April 9, at age 99.
And according to The Sun newspaper, there’s a surprising detail he paid attention to during the preparations for his farewell: he wanted a photographer to hide inside a false pillar of the church to take close-up photos of his funeral.
And that role was won by Edwards, responsible for several personal photos of members of the royal family. He said the unique view where he was allowed him to capture “the family’s pain up close” during Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday (April 17).
Arthur Edwards detailed his experience for The Sun, writing: “The Duke, who planned every moment of his moving funeral, commissioned me, as a photographer, to hide within a false pillar at the top of the stairs leading to St. George’s Chapel. With a mailbox-shaped slit, it was like bird-watching hideouts where Prince Philip spent hours during his retirement at Sandringham, his Norfolk estate,” said the professional, which can be seen in photos of the sad event.
“From the most unusual point of view of my 44 years photographing royalty, I was close enough to see Prince Charles, the man I’ve met for more than half his life, looking devastated,” he added. “Almost crying, I could see that she realized the weight of the task ahead to care for her mother and monarchy,” she said.
He also said that from his position he was able to observe Prince Harry and Prince William as they walked in the procession. Arthur revealed that, from his perspective, the brothers ‘never looked at each other when they entered the chapel.
Arthur was relieved to see that the two were caught talking to each other after the service and wrote of Prince Philip: “It was a sign that he was praying for this king to show that there is the hope of reconciliation in the House of Windsor.”
Arthur Edwards was able to live closely with royalty. He has photographed seven royal weddings, four funerals, and seven royal births since 1977.