Grief-stricken Prince Andrew fights back tears as he walks behind Queen's coffin during funeral procession
The prince had a pained look on his face as he followed his elder brother King Charles
The Duke of York arrived at Westminister Hall to join other royal members in the procession where the Queen's coffin was being taken to Westminster Abbey. Andrew had a pained look on his face as he followed his elder brother King Charles.
During the solemn procession, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, walked on the left of the Queen’s coffin with Andrew on its right while Princess Anne walked on Andrew’s right with Charles flanking her.
Marching alongside his siblings and in front of Prince Harry, Andrew was seen biting his lips and fighting back tears as he looked overwhelmed with emotion when the Queen’s casket arrived at Westminister Abbey. The prince wore his military medals on his chest during the procession. Just he and the Duke of Sussex remained in civilian clothing for the Queen’s funeral.
Andrew, who played a central role in Queen’s funeral, was known to be very close to his late mother. In August, when the Queen was struggling with mobility issues, he visited her many times at Windsor Castle. The Duke of York even expressed his love for his mother in a statement released on Sunday, September 18.
"Dear Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one,” the statement read. "Your Majesty, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve you. Mother - of the nation, your devotion and personal service to our nation are unique and singular; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways and I know you are looking on honouring their respect," it went on to say.
"Mummy, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your confidence I will treasure forever. I have found your knowledge and wisdom infinite, with no boundary or containment. I will mill your insights, advice, and humor. As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I will tread gladly into the next with you as my guide," it added.
Over the period of mourning, Andrew made several royal public appearances despite stepping down from his royal duties back in November 2019.
Conducted by the Dean of Westminister, the state funeral of the Queen began at 11 am with more than 2,000 royal members present in the abbey. The royal family and its extended members, many world leaders and dignitaries were at the funeral, including US President Joe Biden. The Queen will then be laid to rest alongside her beloved husband, Prince Consort Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, following a private service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.