Duchess of Cambridge pays final respects to Prince Philip in first royal funeral

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Watch: William and Kate arrive for Duke’s funeral

The Duchess of Cambridge joined with other members of the Royal Family on Saturday for her first royal funeral, as she paid her final respects to the Duke of Edinburgh.

A tribute from Prince William after the duke's death noted the "kindness" Philip showed the duchess throughout his life, as he welcomed her more than 10 years ago.

Kate, 39, wore a necklace and earrings borrowed from the Queen.

As her husband was in the procession behind the coffin on the hearse, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the chapel alone.

She stood alongside the other Royal Family members who waited outside the chapel, standing tall in a long black coat and wearing a hat with a black veil.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge during the funeral of Prince Philip. (Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge  during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge accompanied her husband but was alone for the beginning of the ceremony. (Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge outside the chapel before the ceremony. (Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The Duchess of Cambridge (L) and the Duchess of Cornwall watch the procession at the Galilee Porch at St George's Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate stood tall next to Camilla as they watched the procession go by. (Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The future queen sat next to her husband inside the quire, opposite her brother-in-law, Prince Harry.

There have been reports of a rift between the two men, but she and Harry were seen chatting after the ceremony, and the trio walked back towards the castle together.

Kate wore her hair up in a twisted bun, close to the nape of her neck, and a striking black coat with a bow.

She carried gloves and a black clutch bag and wore a black face covering, in line with coronavirus restrictions.

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Before the service, she stood next to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, as well as other members of the family who were not involved in the procession, to watch it go past.

They painted a solemn picture as they bowed their heads for the hearse to pass.

Sophie put her arms around her children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, who were the youngest attendees of the funeral, as the duke's youngest grandchildren.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the funeral service of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh inside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021. - Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, died on April 9 aged 99 just weeks after a month-long stay in hospital for treatment to a heart condition and an infection. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP) (Photo by YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Kate and William were able to sit next to one another as they are a household. (Yui Mok/AFP)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice,  Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stand outside St George's Chapel for the funeral service of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate appeared to be at the head of the family members outside, stood slightly further forwards. (Jeremy Selwyn-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and members of the Royal family stand outside St George's Chapel for the funeral service of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021. - Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, died on April 9 aged 99 just weeks after a month-long stay in hospital for treatment to a heart condition and an infection. (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY / various sources / AFP) (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY/AFP via Getty Images)
The Royal Family united in the slimmed down version of the funeral on Saturday afternoon. (Hannah McKay/AFP)

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During the ceremony, Kate's head was bowed, as were many of the other members of the family as they reflected on the words read by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The simple service was largely influenced and planned by the Duke of Edinburgh, who requested there be no sermon. He also wanted many passages and songs related to the seas included - a nod to his naval career.

As they left the chapel, which has previously been a place of royal celebration including the weddings of Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice appeared to be wiping her eyes with a tissue as she left, with her husband’s arm around her waist for comfort.

Prince Edward and his family stayed close together, while Prince Andrew walked with Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.