Prince Philip’s funeral plans have been revealed – with the nation to observe a minute’s silence and the Queen and Royal Family to obey the rules of Covid.
The ceremonial royal funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will take place on Saturday 17th April at 3 p.m. in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace announced.
There will be a national minute of silence at the beginning of the funeral.
The Duke’s coffin is currently at rest in the private chapel of Windsor Castle.
On the morning of the funeral, it is moved in a small solemn procession from the state entrance of the palace to the St. George’s Chapel.
There will be no lie for Philip that suits his wishes.
Philip’s coffin is draped with his personal standard and decorated with a wreath of flowers as well as his naval cap and sword.
The Duke’s coffin is transported from the castle to the chapel for the funeral in a specially modified Land Rover, which he helped design. The Prince of Wales and senior kings will follow on foot, a senior palace official said.
The Queen has endorsed the Prime Minister’s recommendation on national mourning, which began on Friday April 9th and continues through the day of the funeral.
Only 30 people will be in attendance as guests and according to current guidelines, the Queen and Royal Family must wear face masks and social distancing.
The queen has decided that the royal family will enter royal mourning for two weeks and the engagements will continue as the circumstances suggest, a senior royal official said.
A palace spokesman said the royal family hoped the coming days would be seen as an opportunity to celebrate the duke’s “remarkable life”.
“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 its tremendous contribution and enduring legacy, “said the spokesman.
The spokesman paid tribute to the Duke’s military record, passion for science, engineering, design, art, the armed forces and charities, adding, “You can see why his influence is so much greater than many can imagine the role of consort in Being . “
“The Covid-19 pandemic has of course meant that we had to make significant adjustments to the original arrangements for HRH’s funeral,” added the spokesman.
“We are certain, however, that the occasion will be no less a farewell to His Royal Highness who marks his important duty and service to the nation and the Commonwealth.”