Staff and residents at Barchester’s Wilsmere House care home in Harrow Weald paid their respects to the Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of his funeral, 17 April 2021. The whole home came together to honour Prince Philip’s long and extraordinary life of service to the Queen, the British people and the Commonwealth over his 73 year marriage to the Queen, making him the longest-serving Consort to any British monarch.
Residents and staff watched the televised service that took place at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle and observed the minute’s silence in memory of the Duke. After the ceremony, staff and residents discussed their memories of Prince Philip and the Queen and what the royal family has meant to them over the years. They reminisced about royal tours and the Duke’s contribution to many different aspects of British life.
General Manager, Lili Cocue said: “We all felt it was really important to mark this occasion. Prince Philip achieved so much over his 99 years. We wanted to come together and give thanks for his life and to celebrate his many achievements.”
The residents, said “I remember when the Queen married Prince Philip in 1947, he was such a dashing young man and he always had a twinkle in his eye. They have always made such a wonderful couple, I wanted to watch the service to support the Queen and pay my respects for everything they have done for our country.”