The funeral of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle at 3pm on Saturday 17th April, Buckingham Palace have announced.
A national one-minute’s silence at 3pm will mark the beginning of the proceedings at Windsor.
The funeral arrangements are said to reflect “very much” The Duke of Edinburgh’s wishes and have been adapted in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Members of the public will not be permitted to attend proceedings though the funeral will be televised.
The Duke of Edinburgh will not lie in state and his body will remain in a private chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip’s coffin will be placed on a specially built Land Rover vehicle which was commissioned for his funeral and that Philip had a hand in designing. It will be driven to St George’s Chapel while The Queen and the family will follow behind.
The Royal Family will continue official mourning for two weeks until the 22nd April while national mourning will conclude after the funeral service.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 30 people will be allowed to attend the funeral at St George’s Chapel and it is expected that this will be mostly family members, the Duke’s Private Secretary as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Dean of Windsor and the Bearer Party.
Following the service, The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault beneath St George’s Chapel.
The Duke of Sussex will travel from the United States to attend the funeral though The Duchess of Sussex will remain in the US on the advice of her doctors.
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