Mike Tindall reflects on Prince Philip’s perfect no-fuss, no-frills funeral

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Queen Elizabeth II attends her husband Prince Phillip's funeral. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
Queen Elizabeth II attends her husband Prince Phillip's funeral. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)

A fitting send-off the Duke of Edinburgh himself would have approved of – that’s how former rugby player Mike Tindall (42) describes Prince Philip’s recent funeral.

The former England rugby player, who’s married to the queen and Philip’s granddaughter Zara (39), says the event went just the way the prince would have wanted it to go, even with just 30 guests allowed.

Speaking on his podcast, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, Mike said on Wednesday it had been a difficult few days, but the funeral had been just right.

"If I look back on the day, as eerie as it was with no crowds and social distancing and the way everything was, I think it was the perfect day – how he would have liked it, if that makes sense," he said.

It was a "no fuss, get on with it" kind of send-off.

Mike and wife Zara Tindall at Prince Philip's fune
Mike and wife Zara Tindall at Prince Philip's funeral on the grounds of Windsor Castle. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)

The funeral also had some intimate touches for the family, he added.

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"It could have been his hat on his carriage, his gloves, or the hat on his coffin and the sword, the bugle, the piper – there were a lot of things that brought home memories.

"It was a sad day, but I think it was very well-run. He was very well looked after and, hopefully, he's looking down and he was happy with the day."

Mike also paid tribute to his grandmother-in-law during what was clearly a difficult time, saying that his love for the queen was even greater. 

“She sat there completely on her own, separated herself in terms of ‘this is what the world is right now and I'm going to lead by example'. She's amazing."

Mike Tindall shared a photo of the late Duke of Ed
Mike Tindall shared a photo of the late Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip sharing a meal with his great-grandaughter Mia. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)

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In an Instagram tribute last week, Mike also shared a snap of his daughter, Mia (7), sharing a meal with the duke.

Prince Philip’s intimate funeral service was held at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on 17 April and was attended by senior members of the royal family and a handful of other specially chosen guests. 

SOURCES: dailymail.com, hellomagazine.com, eonline.com, people.com, cnn.com, dailymail.co.uk

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