Prince Philip had reportedly arranged for a secret photographer to hide inside a fake pillar during his funeral.
The photographer was none other than Arthur Edwards who is renowned for taking countless pictures of the royal family, for the past 44 years. Therefore, when the day finally came for the Duke of Edinburgh to be laid to rest on the 17th of April, Edwards made his way towards his secret spot.
While the event was entirely scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were certainly some unique elements of the Royal Funeral that left plenty of people stunned.
Moreover, the fact that Prince Philip had made all of the detailed arrangements himself like planning a fake pillar so the royal photographer could capture the ultimate funeral picture was just jaw-dropping to comprehend.
The secret spot for the photographer was the chapel’s entrance where stood an artificial church pillar.
Therefore, at the very top of the West Steps, Prince Philip’s casket made its grand entrance to St.George Chapel. And that was the exact spot where Arthur Edwards could see the whole Royal family up close and personal. Above all, the best bit being was how he was not intruding in anyone’s way neither was he being noticed too.
In a recent interview, the Royal photographer explained how the Duke of Edinburgh had personally requested him to be there and capture the moment. He trusted Edward who was with the Royals for the past 44 years.
Writing his experience to the Sun, he wrote, “Prince Philip had planned every single detail of his royal funeral service. He had arranged for me to step in as a photographer. I was hidden inside a fake pillar that was situated at the top of the stairs which led to St. George Chapel.
Edward captured the moment through a letterbox-shaped hole, similar to how the Prince would spend his time watching birds from Sandringham. He mentioned how Prince Harry and William never glanced at each other when they both followed their grandfather’s casket.
In reality, he was just two yards away from all of the raw emotion involving the Royals, becoming a part of their history for years.