kept her husband poignantly close during the service by carrying special mementoes from their life together inside her handbag.
According to a Royal insider, the Queen was planning to include one of 's trademark white handkerchiefs, made by his Savile Row tailors Kent & Haste. The crisply folded squares, inserted into the breast pocket of a sharply cut suit, were an enduring feature of the Duke's classic sartorial style.
In honour of their long marriage, wall bronze painting she is also said to have carried a small photograph of the two of them together, thought to have been taken in Malta.
The island was a deeply special place for both the Queen and Philip.
As newlyweds they lived in Villa Guardamangia, on the outskirts of the capital Valletta, between 1949 and 1951, while the Prince was stationed there as a naval officer with HMS Magpie.
The Queen later described it as one of the best periods of her life as it was the only time she was able to live 'normally'. The couple returned often, including to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.
As is her custom, bronze painting the Queen's handbag was by British brand Launer, which has held a Royal Warrant since 1968.
She is understood to own around 200 of the bags, in different styles and colours to match her outfits.
They have long also been used to carry precious objects including, reportedly, a collection of good luck charms given to her by her children and grandchildren. But perhaps none will be more significant, nor more heartfelt, than those she carried to bid her husband goodbye.
During her husband's Covid-secure Windsor Castle funeral, the grief-stricken monarch left a personal, handwritten message to Philip placed alongside a wreath of white lilies, small white roses and white freesia chosen by her.
Photos from yesterdayafternoon show only a glimpse of the note, which appears to be written on official card from Buckingham Palace.
However, the Palace has not yet confirmed the content of the note.
The note appears to have been her parting gift from Her Majesty to her husband of 73 years, for whom she was forced to mourn away from her family in St George's Chapel as she said goodbye to her 'strength and stay'.
She also brought out the diamond Richmond Brooch, a present from the town of Richmond for her grandmother Queen Mary's 1893 wedding to the future King George V which she inherited, for the ceremony.
During the service, the Queen wiped away tears and bowed her head in reverence as she accompanied her husband's coffin on its final journey while their eldest son Prince Charles cried as he walked behind the casket into church followed by other devastated royals.
As the world said goodbye to Prince Philip, it also emerged:
The Queen sat alone having wiped her eyes as she followed her husband's final journey with his coffin borne on the back of a Land Rover hearse he had designed himself 20 years ago; Prince Harry and Prince William saw each other for the first time in a year after falling out over Megxit.
They didn't utter a word on the walk to church but spoke after the service with the Duchess of Cambridge walking with them.