No state funeral for Duke and death notice removed

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be a private event and the public are reportedly asked not to attend.

The mirror reports that Prince Philip will have a ceremonial royal funeral rather than a state funeral – and he will rest at Windsor Castle as requested.

Instead, His Royal Highness will hold a military-style funeral with a private service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. The public has been asked not to gather or attend any of the events due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The flags are flown at half mast until 8 a.m. the day after the funeral, the date of which has not been publicly disclosed.

And because of the pandemic, the obituary notice on the railings of Buckingham Palace has been removed.

The Duke’s death was confirmed through the centuries-old tradition of posting a note on the railing of Buckingham Palace.

A short bulletin on paper in a fool-sized imperial dark wooden frame is used to inform the public of important royal events such as births and deaths.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the notice has already been removed to prevent crowds from forming during the pandemic.

Ordinarily, the statement made by Royal Household staff wearing black face masks would have remained valid for 24 hours.

Around 30 people queued to read the sign before four police officers on horses prevented the crowd from gathering.

The statement, emblazoned with a royal coat of arms and the words Windsor Castle, read: “It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty the Queen announced the death of her beloved husband, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“HRH passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle this morning.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.”

“The royal family, along with people around the world, mourn his loss.

“Friday April 9, 2021.”

When the Queen Mother died in 2002, a statement was posted on Buckingham Palace stationery with a royal coat of arms on the gates.

A police officer guarded the glass-fronted frame, which is usually attached to the outside of the iron railing with two small metal chains on the back.

This is how the deaths of George VI and George V were announced.

For a sovereign, a reference is also made to the railings of the house in which they died.

The traditional method of delivering royal messages was used for the birth of Prince William in 1982 and Peter Phillips in 1977, among others.

When the Queen gave birth to Prince Andrew in 1960, around 2,000 people crowded around the railing to see the official confirmation.

The same wooden frame was used to mark their arrival for each birth of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge, as well as their cousin Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

On these occasions the frame was placed on an ornate gold easel in the forecourt of the palace within the railing.

In the past, announcements were handwritten, today they are mostly typed.


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