Queen and Royal Family alone but for the gaze of the world

One aspect of this extraordinary event was unchanged, however, for this was a family that knows the eyes of the world will intrude on their private joys and private sorrows alike.

From the crenellated rooftop of the Round Tower, which dominates the distinctive Windsor sky line, I watched, as silence descended on the Quadrangle beneath the private royal apartments.

It is where the Duke of Edinburgh died and where the Queen has been in residence throughout this period of mourning. To the left sits the monarch’s private chapel, where, in that quiet space, the duke’s coffin has lain for a week.

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