A solemn funeral for the British Prince Philip will take place next Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, a Buckingham spokesman said on Saturday.
The royal family hoped the coming days would be seen as an opportunity to celebrate the “remarkable life” of the Duke of Edinburgh, the spokesman said, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic “has of course caused us to be significant Had to make adjustments to the original arrangements for HRH’s funeral. “
“While this is, of course, a time of mourning and grief for the royal family and the many others who knew or admired the Duke of Edinburgh, it is to be hoped that the days ahead will also be seen as an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable life – both remarkable for his tremendous contribution and lasting legacy, “he added.
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who is currently pregnant, has been instructed by her doctor not to travel to the UK for the funeral, the spokesman said, although he said Prince Harry is expected to travel from the US for the funeral.
Philip’s coffin will be transported from the castle to the chapel in a specially modified Land Rover that he helped design, followed by Prince Charles and high-ranking kings on foot, the spokesman said.
A national minute of silence will be observed if the service begins at 3:00 p.m. Local time (10 a.m.CET), they added.
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Queen Elizabeth II has endorsed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recommendation on national mourning, which began April 9 and runs through the day of the funeral, the spokesman said.
Just 30 people – likely the Duke’s children, grandchildren and other close relatives, they added.
Public elements of Operation Forth Bridge – the code name for the Duke’s funeral plans – which included plans for military processions through London and Windsor, a small town about 30 miles west of the capital, have been abandoned for fear of crowds amid the pandemic. Great Britain remains partially blocked.
Instead, the trial will be televised, but out of the public eye and with no access for royal fans.
The royal family has appealed to people who wish to show their respect in person to stay home instead.