The Royal Ceremonial Funeral of The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will take place on Saturday, April 17 at the St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle at 3 PM. The much-loved and admired Iron Duke passed away peacefully on April 09 at Windsor Castle where he was living with his wife Queen Elizabeth II.
The Duke wished for nothing fussy for his funeral so State Funeral was not something he desired. His Royal Highness’s coffin will remain in the Queen’s private chapel at the castle all week before being transferred in a modified Land Rover he had a hand in designing.
The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and other family members will walk behind the funeral procession from the Private chapel to St. George’s chapel. The procession will be 8 minutes long. Her Majesty will travel privately to the St. George’s Chapel. A nationwide minute-long silence will be observed ahead of the funeral.
The coffin will be draped in the Duke’s personal standard with a family wreath and his naval cap and sword, down to the chapel and will be flanked by pallbearers drawn from the Royal Marines. There will be a strong Military element in the funeral ceremony reflecting on the Duke’s strong connection to the British Armed Forces.
Buckingham Palace says although the ceremonial arrangements are reduced because of Covid, the personal wishes of the Duke are still being reflected and the occasion will still celebrate and recognise his life and more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the UK and Commonwealth.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s insignia, the medals and decorations conferred on him by the UK and Commonwealth countries, together with his Field Marshal’s baton, and Royal Air Force wings and his insignia from Denmark and Greece will be positioned on cushions on the altar.
The Duke of Edinburgh lies at rest in the chapel at Windsor Castle. There will be no lying-in-state as Prince Philip wished ahead of the final farewell.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, only 30 people are allowed to attend the funeral. Everything will take place within the castle precincts, with no public access, and visitors are urged not to go to Windsor. The funeral will be televised across the nation and around the world. Further details will be released in due course with the guest list.
“The Queen has been amazing”
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) April 10, 2021
Yesterday, Prince Charles of Wales travelled to Windsor to see his mother after the death of his father. Today, The Duke of York, The Earl and the Countess of Wessex were seen arriving at the Windsor castle.
The Prince of Wales pays tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh on behalf of The Royal Family. pic.twitter.com/tDP0rkKGzc
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) April 10, 2021
National Mourning will last until the day of Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday, April 17th. Official Royal Mourning will last until 2 weeks after Prince Philip’s death that is Friday, April 23rd.
“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”
-Her Majesty The Queen, 1997. pic.twitter.com/wbSldSavNA
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 10, 2021
Today, The Royal Family’s social media channels paid a beautiful tribute to The Prince. The Prince Philip met the then Princess Elizabeth in 1939 when he was Royal Navy Lieutenant. The couple remained in touch continuously and a beautiful love sotry blossomed. Their engagement was announced in 1947. The Queen and The Duke were married for more than 73 years with a relationship that started 82 years ago.
Incredibly loud , each shot reverberating across this great maritime city – no one here can remember the last time the Royal Naval base conducted a 41 gun salute. pic.twitter.com/zbvaZVt3AZ
— Dan Rivers (@danriversitv) April 10, 2021
The Gun salute around the United Kingdom, Gibraltar and Australia were fired to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s life and legacy.