The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel on Saturday 17th April and servicemen and women were rehearsing for the event at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey on Wednesday.
Though The Duke of Edinburgh will not have a State Funeral, a scaled back royal ceremonial funeral will take place within the grounds of Windsor Castle.
A full dress rehearsal of the funeral is expected to take place at Windsor Castle on Thursday though smaller rehearsals have been taking place at Pirbright all week. The rehearsal on Wednesday saw military personnel gather in their Barrack dress as they practised parading while bands rehearsed music including the national anthem, Jerusalem, and I Vow to Thee My Country.
Around 730 members of the Armed Forces will be on parade at Windsor Castle on Saturday as well as four military bands. They all come from branches of the Armed Forces that The Duke of Edinburgh had close connections to.
Though Buckingham Palace have said the funeral will be a celebration of Prince Philip’s long life, the inclusion of hymns such as Jerusalem and the music of Elgar also indicate how sombre the occasion will be.
The route from the entrance of Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel will be lined with personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment and the Royal Air Force. From the East Lawn throughout the procession, guns will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
The band of the Grenadier Guards and Rifles Regiment, members of the Household Cavalry and a Royal Navy ‘piping party’ will also be present in the grounds.
A national one-minute silence will mark the beginning of proceedings at 3pm.