A HISTORIC and solemn day took place on Saturday as the longest serving consort to the monarch was laid to rest.

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s husband, died on April 9 and was buried in the Royal Vault after a funeral on Saturday.

Cumbrians and the nation as a whole paid their respects to the man in their own unique ways as the Royal Family took part in a private ceremony at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Anne Pirnie said: “A fitting tribute to Prince Philip. Beautiful service. Well performed by all concerned.”

A guard of honour and military presence could be seen by the viewers at home as the coffin was taken into the chapel and bag pipes were played at the end of the ceremony.

What would have been a large public event was reduced to an intimate service for family due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fiona Pattinson said: “Very personal service and very moving.”

A service held by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner followed, in which he asked the Royal Family and the public to remember Prince Philip for his service to the nation and his loyalty to the Queen.

In honour of that service to the nation and his country, Broughton Moor Parish Centre was decorated with a display by one of the village’s parish councillors, Margery Harrison.

A message accompanying the display said: “The Parish Council of Broughton Moor and the village of Broughton Moor wish to extend their condolences and their sincere sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and all her family on the very sad loss of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

The borough’s leaders paid tribute to HRH Prince Philip and sent their well wishes to the Royal Family.

Councillor Hilary Harrington, mayor of Allerdale said: “On behalf of the people of Allerdale I send my thoughts and prayers to the Duke’s family and especially HM Queen Elizabeth II, who he has been such a supportive companion and loyal husband to.

She said: “I had the pleasure of meeting Prince Philip around 60 years ago when he visited my place of work, and he was a truly charming gentleman.

“I’m sure the Duke will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know him.”