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Prince Philip ‘a great friend’ to Canada, Trudeau says in ceremony following funeral

All eyes were on Windsor Castle on Saturday as Prince Philip, husband to Queen Elizabeth II, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was laid to rest.

A funeral was held early Saturday morning at St. George’s Chapel and lasted just 50 minutes. In accordance with COVID-19 public health guidelines, only 30 members of Prince Philip’s family were in attendance.

Canada held it’s own virtual ceremony later that afternoon at the Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa.

Read more: Royal Family mourns Prince Philip with pared down funeral at Windsor Castle amid COVID-19

During the ceremony, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the late Prince Philip “a great friend” to Canada and a “patron of the Canadian Armed Forces.”

“Prince Philip was a man of great service, a man who believed in people and in particular in young people,” he said.

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“He challenged them to do more, to believe in themselves and to push for a better and brighter tomorrow.”

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Prince Philip died at the age of 99 on April 9, just two months shy of his 100th birthday.

The longest-serving consort to a monarch in British history, the Duke of Edinburgh remained in his role for more than 60 years.

Prince Philip was known for his role in modernizing the monarchy after the Second World War, and was once described by the Queen as “my strength and stay.”

You can follow along Global News’s live blog coverage of the funeral and Canadian ceremony below.

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