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Prince Philip planned his own Funeral with many Military Details

 The details of Prince Philip's Ceremonial Funeral has been released by the Palace. The Funeral will be held at the St. George's Chapel at the Windsor Castle where he died on April 09. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the Funeral Service and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing.

The Palace has said while the funeral ceremony has been scaled down it is very much as per the wishes of The Duke. 

Prince Philip's coffin will emerge from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle into the Quadrangle carried by both the Grenadier Guards and the Royal Marines, followed by the members of the Royal Family who will be walking in the procession. All those in the Quadrangle will give the coffin a Royal Salute before the coffin is placed onto the Land Rover.


Prince Philip planned his own Funeral with many Military Details
The Royal Family

Prince Philip helped design the Land Rover which will carry his coffin. He was closely involved in the planning of his own funeral service. As a result, it will involve a number of unique touches which reflect his life and work.Many of his insignia

The vehicle will be driven by soldiers from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers of which The Duke was Colonel-in-Chief.

The Coffin will be followed by the procession of The Royal Family. All the members will be in mourning clothes after there was huge discussion of them wearing military uniforms. The procession order is:

The Princess Royal  The Prince of Wales

The Earl of Wessex and Forfar   The Duke of York

The Duke of Sussex   Mr. Peter Phillips   The Duke of Cambridge

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence   The Earl of Snowdon

The Funeral will be attended by  30 guests as per the Government Guidelines. Queen Elizabeth will travel via car to the Chapel but will stop outside the chapel to have a moment of her personal tribute to the man to whom she was married for 73 years. The guest list includes:

  • The Duchess of Cornwall
  • The Countess of Wessex and Forfar
  • Viscount Severn
  • The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor
  • The Duchess of Cambridge
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mike Tindall
  • Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
  • Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
  • Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank
  • Mr. Jack Brooksbank
  • The Lady Sarah and Mr. Daniel Chatto
  • The Duke of Gloucester
  • The Duke of Kent
  • Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
  • The Hereditary Prince of Baden The Landgrave of Hesse The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • The Countess Mountbatten of Burma


A small Choir of four will sing pieces of music chosen by The Duke of Edinburgh. In line with Government guidelines, there will be no congregational singing. During the Service, the Choir will sing ‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save’, an adaption of Psalm 104 and Benjamin Britten’s ‘Jubilate in C’, a piece specially commissioned by The Duke of Edinburgh for the St George’s Chapel Choir, which has been sung in the Chapel over many years.


Many of Prince Philip's insignia that will be laid on the altar, which Philip selected himself prior to his death. Philip’s insignia are the distinguishing emblems bestowed on him by the UK and Commonwealth countries, reflecting his significant role and service. They, along with military tokens such as his Royal Air Force wings and field marshal’s baton, will rest on nine cushions on the altar in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel. Included among personal insignia is one from Greece, the Order of the Redeemer; and one from Denmark, the Order of the Elephant. The final selection of insignia were mounted on the cushions earlier this week at St James’s Palace, in advance of the funeral. They were sewn into place using fishing wire by two seamstresses, one of whom was Diane Hatcher of Cleave Court Jewellers.

At the conclusion of the Service, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault. The Last Post will be sounded by Buglers of the Royal Marines. After a period of silence, the Reveille will be sounded by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry, both from the west end of the Nave. 


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