Prince Philip funeral: When and where will it be held and who will attend the ceremony? A complete look at the arrangementsOn 9th April, 2021, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II passed away aged 99.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” read a statement released by the Buckingham Palace.
While Prince Philip’s body currently rests in the private chapel at Windsor Castle, the funeral procession will be held at the St George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle, at 15:00 BST on Saturday 17 April.
Here’s a look at the funeral arrangements for the late Duke of Edinburgh.
The late Duke of Edinburgh will have a ceremonial funeral
As per reports, Prince Philip will have a ceremonial funeral similar to that of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother’s funerals in 1997 and 2002, respectively.
The arrangements for Operation Forth Bridge – which is the official code name for the Duke’s death – has been planned for years. However, due to COVID-19, the plans have be altered and revised to ensure more safety.
Unlike a state funeral, Prince Philip’s funeral will be limited to 30 select guests and will not be open to the public.
When and where will the funeral be held?
The royal funeral will be held at the St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, at 15:00 BST on Saturday, 17 April. The funeral service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.
A list of select guests who will attend the funeral service
While a royal funeral is usually open for the public to pay their respects, Prince Philip’s funeral service will be limited to just 30 select guest, due to COVID-19 restrictions in the United Kingdom.
The Buckingham Palace has revealed the list of people who will be attending the funeral.
Along with the Queen, her four children, Prince Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Edward, Earl of Wessex, will attend the funeral.
As per reports, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also be a part of the ceremony. While Meghan Markle will not be present at the service, Prince Harry will be there to attend his grandfather’s last rites.
Other royals who will attend the funeral ceremony include, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice along with their spouses Jack Brooksbank and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, respectively, Zara Tindall and her spouse Mike Tindall, Peter Phillips, Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Viscount Severn.
The guest list will also consist of David Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon, Lady Sarah Chatto; Daniel Chatto, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
A few of the Royal Family’s German relatives will also attend the funeral, Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Funeral procession: What will happen on the day?
While currently the late Duke of Edinburgh’s body rests at the private chapel at Windsor Castle, on the day of the funeral, the coffin, which is said to be made of wool, will be moved from the private chapel to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle, following which it will be carried to St. George’s Chapel on a modified Land Rover.
Led by the band of the Grenadier Guards, the procession will move from the Quadrangle to Horseshoe Cloister. The Major General’s party and military chiefs of staff follow thereafter. The Land Rover carrying the coffin will be accompanied by pallbearers from the Royal Marines and other regiments and corps associated with the duke.
Prince of Wales, Charles and other members of the royal family, will walk behind the coffin, which the Queen will travel in the State Bentley and will enter St George’s chapel through the Galilee porch.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire guns from the East Lawn.
As the coffin reaches the West Steps of St George’s Chapel, it’ll be welcomed by a guard of honour and band from the Rifles Regiment, who will play the national anthem.
Finally, the coffin will be met by the dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will proceed with the funeral service.
The members of the royal family will be the only ones to enter the chapel for the service.
Following the service, Prince Philip will be rested in the royal vault.
Where will Prince Philip be buried?
Reportedly, the Duke will be interred in the royal vault at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. However, following the death of the Queen, both will be buried alongside each other in King George VI memorial chapel.
What will follow thereafter?
The period of nationwide mourning will end after the funeral service ends.
However, the royal family will observe another two weeks of mourning. They will continue carrying out their duties, when necessary.
Prince Philip funeral: When and where will it be held and who will attend the ceremony? A complete look at the arrangements
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