Prince Philip

Prince Philip's Funeral Details Announced

The Duke of Edinburgh will lie at rest in a private chapel in Windsor Castle.

The funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip will take place at St George's Chapel Windsor, on Saturday 17 April at 15:00.

The funeral will take place entirely within the grounds of Windsor Castle, reflecting the Duke's personal wishes and in accordance with plans approved by Her Majesty The Queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will be a ceremonial, not state, event.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said the occasion will celebrate and recognise the Duke's life.

The event will be broadcast and will begin with a national minute's silence at 15:00.

Originally 800 people would have been due to gather to pay their respects to the nation’s longest-serving consort.

However, due to coronavirus safety guidelines, only 30 people will attend.

All public elements of the funeral have been cancelled, it will be televised but will take place entirely within the grounds of the castle, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.

The Royal Family has asked for people to stay safe and not to gather at Royal residences.

The Duke's coffin will be draped with his personal standard and decorated with a wreath of flowers and his Naval cap and sword.

It will be transported from the castle to the chapel in a specially modified Land Rover he helped to design, and will be followed by the Prince of Wales and senior royals on foot, a senior Palace official said.

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Prince Philip had a distinguished active service career (Picture: Royal Navy).

Before the ceremony, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire minute guns.

On the day of the funeral, the Duke's coffin, accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Lord Chamberlain, will be moved to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle by a Bearer Party of The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

On the grass in the castle's quadrangle will be representative detachments drawn from the Duke's special military relationships.

The quadrangle will also be lined by the Household Cavalry and The Foot Guards.

The Band of the Grenadier Guards, of which Prince Philip was Colonel for 42 years, will lead the procession to St George's Chapel.

They will be followed by the Major General's Party, and then the service chiefs, reflecting His Royal Highness's close relationship with the military.

A Guard of Honour and Band from The Rifles will receive the coffin at the foot of the west steps, with the national anthem being played as the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

In tribute to Prince Philip's Naval service, a Royal Naval Piping Party of one Chief Petty Officer and five Ratings will be present.

The piping party will pipe the 'Still' once the Land Rover is stationary at the foot of the steps.

The coffin will be flanked by pallbearers drawn from the Duke's special relationships – the Royal Marines, regiments, corps and air stations.

A bearing party of Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps and pause for the minute's silence.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will receive the coffin.

The procession from the state entrance to the west steps of St George's Chapel will take eight minutes.

The route of the procession will be lined by representatives drawn from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

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The Duke of Edinburgh ended his active naval career nearly 70 years ago, but always kept a strong relationship with the military (Picture: MOD).

The Duke of Edinburgh's insignia, including medals and decorations with Field Marshal's baton and RAF wings and insignia from Denmark and Greece, are to be on a cushion at the altar.

Prince Philip will lie at rest in a private chapel in Windsor Castle until the day of the funeral.

The Queen has approved the Prime Minister's recommendation for a period of national mourning, which will take place from Friday 9 April until Saturday 17 April.

The Royal Family will spend a longer period of mourning – from 9 April through to 22 April, inclusive, a Senior Palace Official said.