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How the Queen spent first Sunday without Prince Philip in 73 years

The Queen spent her first Sunday in 73 years without Prince Philip with a private church service and then walked her corgi puppies.

The 94-year-old monarch did not join Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, for prayers at All Saints Chapel in the morning.

Palace sources said the Queen instead attended a private mass inside Windsor Castle.

But it was not inside St George’s Chapel, where Philip’s funeral will be held, as it was closed.

The Queen is also understood not to have attended her worship in the private chapel, where the duke‘s coffin remains at rest, draped in his personal standard and adorned with a wreath of flowers.

The Queen had lunch at 1pm before taking her personal Jaguar into the grounds of Frogmore House where she walked new puppies.

The corgis named Muick and Fergus only arrived at Windsor Castle in February. After a short walk in the grounds of the castle she returned at 3pm. An insider said: “The Queen is the epitome of keeping calm and carrying on and went about her usual Sunday habits.”

Prince William and Prince Harry have shared new tributes to Prince Philip, with the Duke of Sussex calling his grandfather “a legend of banter” and “master of the barbecue”.

In a statement released just moments after one from his brother, Harry said his grandfather was “cheeky right ‘til the end”.

“My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour,” said Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, who returned to the UK on Sunday after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death of Friday. “He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next.

“He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke.

“But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission

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