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

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

Edwards tells various British media how he was able to take pictures of the coffin carried into St. George's Chapel from so close (see photo): 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 80-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 ever took a picture from.

The prince's good friend could see well from that position what was doing to the relatives.

"Charles looked as if he could cry at any moment. You could see from him that at that moment he realized the tasks that lie ahead of him, both in caring for his mother and for the monarchy.

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

To the left of this photo you can see a small hole in the pillar from where the photos were taken.

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

To the left of this photo you can see a small hole in the pillar from where the photos were taken.

Photo: ANP