TODAY will see the Duke of Edinburgh laid to rest in Windsor in what will be a very different royal funeral because of the Covid restrictions.

Here’s Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell: “I actually think the Duke would be pleased with the numbers down to 30 and the lack of pomp and fuss. He never liked to be the centre of attention. As I write, it appears the Queen may have to sit alone to say goodbye to her husband of more than seven decades and this is sad. But others have had to do the same during this pandemic and I know The Queen would never want any special treatment and will insist she is treated the same as anyone else.

I think Prince Philip’s death has brought the country together to pay tribute to a man who was dedicated to his wife and family, his country and the Commonwealth. He was a servant and character who never shirked his public duty and his unfailing support to the Queen. These might be thought of as old-fashioned qualities by some but not by me. Family, country and service are the foundations of our society. They were personified by the Duke and they continue through our Queen. Long may she continue to reign.”

Coverage of the funeral can be found on https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56694327