More than 730 members of the Armed Forces took part in the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday 17th April, but Worthian General Sir Patrick Sanders G'84 was "immensely proud" to play a particularly key role walking alongside the coffin from Windsor Castle to the steps of St George's Chapel. In his role as Commander Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick was part of the guard of honour at the front of the funeral procession along with other senior members of the military.
General Sir Patrick was interviewed by the BBC and Forces.Net in the days prior to the funeral as he took part in rehearsals. Here he talked about the huge regard in which Prince Philip was held by military personnel, both serving and retired, and how much they will miss him.
Last July, General Sir Patrick also took part in one of Prince Philip's last military ceremonies when the Duke handed over his role as Commander-in-Chief of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall and, as The Rifles’ Colonel Commandant, it was General Sir Patrick who welcomed The Duchess to her new role.
General Sir Patrick was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2020 New Year Honours.