Brave Queen Elizabeth ‘incredibly strong but clearly devastated’ as she sits alone at Philip’s funeral, says expert

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The nation joined Her Majesty in mourning Prince Philip on Saturday, as The Queen said goodbye to the man she once described as her "strength and stay".

In a moving ceremony, Queen Elizabeth was joined by just 29 other mourners for a final farewell to her husband of 70 years, the Duke Of Edinburgh.

It was the first time she has attended such an event without Philip at her side.

Body language expert Derek Heron gave OK an insight into how Her Majesty was coping.

He said The Queen was, as would be expected, clearly "devastated", yet remained "composed" throughout.

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Sitting alone due to coronavirus rules, Her Majesty watched the ceremony her husband himself carefully planned over many years.

Derek observed: "The Queen is devastated. Her head is down, she's avoiding the camera and everyone. She is covering her face by glancing downwards and using the brim of her hat as a cover."

But while her grief was obvious, The Queen kept herself together as she honoured her husband in the way he would have wanted.

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Derek noted: "The Queen looks surprisingly composed. She's maintaining composure when she does lift her head."

While the Royals taking part in the procession were mask-free, all 30 attendees were wearing face coverings once inside the chapel in order to ensure the ceremony complied with Covid guidelines.

The service commemorated Prince Philip’s association with the Royal Navy, with music chosen for the day including the opening hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save.

The Duke of Edinburgh himself painstakingly planned the event years before his passing and even had a Land Rover hearse designed for his final journey.

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