Arthur Edwards, who took pictures of the British Prince Philip and his family for over forty years, has been asked by the prince himself to take pictures of his funeral from a secret place.

Edwards was hidden in a fake pillar in front of the church entrance on Saturday.

Edwards tells various British media, including

The Mirror

, how he was able to take pictures from so close (see photo) of the coffin that was carried into St George's Chapel: specially at the request of the prince, two fake pillars were placed on either side of the entrance.

"It was like sitting in a little birdhouse, as he has been so often after retirement," said Edwards of his unique position.

The eighty-year-old photographer became emotional when the box finally passed in front of him.

"The last time I saw the man I photographed for 40 years. I was overwhelmed with memories of a wonderful man."

Edwards calls it the strangest place he's ever taken a picture.

The prince's good friend could see well from that position what Philip's death did to the relatives.

"Charles looked like he was going to cry at any moment. You could see in him that at that moment he realized what duties are now upon him, in terms of caring for his mother as well as the monarchy."

The two low fake pillars are on either side of the entrance.

On the left side of the photo you can see a small hole in the pillar;

the photos were taken from there.

The two low fake pillars are on either side of the entrance.

On the left side of the photo you can see a small hole in the pillar;

the photos were taken from there.

Photo: ANP