John Houston, formerly of the Merchant Navy, paying his respects outside The Norwich Gates at Sandringham on Saturday. Pictures: Paul Marriott

As the nation paused to remember Prince Philip and his extraordinary life of service, there was a particularly fitting farewell at Sandringham. 

Tributes left at The Norwich Gates, including flowers, photographs and drawings.
Picture: Ian Burt

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral was held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday, starting with the minute’s silence at 3pm.

In line with coronavirus restrictions, only 30 people were allowed to attend the service and the Queen had to sit alone as she said a final farewell to her husband of 73 years.

Well-wishers were asked not to gather in large groups at Sandringham and other royal residences, but a lone standard bearer stood at The Norwich Gates.

John Houston, a flag bearer with the Royal British Legion, paid his respects on behalf of the Merchant Navy Association and served as a reminder of Prince Philip’s distinguished Naval career.

The Duke of Edinburgh retired to West Norfolk when he stepped down from public duties in 2017, spending much of his time quietly at Wood Farm.

The Queen and Prince Philip at Sandringham Visitor Centre in 2010. Picture: Paul Tibbs

He was remembered as a much-loved member of the community, or “one of our own” in tributes last week.

A picture of the Duke of Edinburgh taken during a visit to Sandringham church a few years ago. Picture: Kevin Elfleet

It was at Sandringham that the Prince took up carriage driving aged 50 and he went on to have huge success in the sport.

His driving carriage and two Fell ponies  featured in the funeral, with the Duke’s hat and gloves left on the empty seat.

Three Fell ponies were also taken to The Norwich Gates on Saturday in an act of remembrance.