Prince Philip's funeral: The key timings on the day

The ceremonial arrangements for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral are meant to reflect military affiliations and personal elements of his life.

The congregation will wear masks for worship and members of the royal family will wear a dressing gown with medals or day wear.

Philip lay quietly in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.

Here is a timeline of events for the funeral:

11 clock

The coffin, which will be covered with Philip’s personal standard along with his sword, naval cap and wreath of flowers, will be brought from the private chapel to the inner hall of Windsor Castle by members of the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

14 o’clock

The Lord Chamberlain, the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and the Dean of Windsor will be present in the Inner Hall.

2.10 p.m.

The Dean will offer prayers before driving to St. George’s Chapel.

At 2:15 p.m.

Service representatives are in the square to demonstrate Philip’s special military ties. The square is also lined with household cavalry and foot guards.

2:17 p.m.

The gang of Grenadier Guards will be in the Engine Court.

Between 2:20 p.m. and 2:27 p.m.

Members of the royal family and Philip’s relatives who did not take part in the procession leave Windsor Castle by car to go to the chapel.

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2:27 p.m.

The Land Rover on which the coffin will be placed enters the square via George IV Gate, where local bands start playing music.

The Chiefs of Service, the Major General of Households and his staff leave the Equerries entrance and take their positions at the State entrance. You will face the Land Rover. The pallet bearers take up positions on both sides of the Land Rover and move together towards the state entrance.

2.38 p.m.

The coffin is raised in the inner hall.

2.40 p.m.

Members of Philip’s household take their positions in the procession and the bands stop playing music.

2.41 p.m.

The coffin comes out of the state entrance and is met by members of the royal family in procession. They won’t wear uniforms. A royal greeting is given by the service departments, the chiefs of service, the pall bearers, the major general in charge of the household department, and his staff who deliver a royal greeting. The coffin is placed on the Land Rover.

Prince Philip's funeral: The key timings on the day 2

2.44 p.m.

The Queen, accompanied by a woman waiting, leaves the sovereign’s entrance at Bentley State while the national anthem is played. The Bentley will stop when it reaches the rear of the procession so the front of the procession can rotate in the direction of travel.

2.45 p.m.

The procession, which is supposed to last eight minutes, begins.

The firing of minute rifles by the King’s Troop’s Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn and the sound of the Curfew Tower Bell set the scene for members of the royal family already at the St George’s Chapel stand to watch the procession.

The Queen is received by the Dean of Windsor, who shows the mourners in service, including those who watched the procession, to their seats.

A royal greeting is given by the Windsor Castle Guard as the coffin passes the parade ground.

The Grenadier Guards band will stop playing and march into Dentons Commons when the procession approaches. The Rifle Honor Guard in the Horseshoe Cloister will deliver a royal salute and the national anthem will be played. The Chiefs of Service, the Major General of Households and his staff will stop on the north side of the west stairs and face the coffin.

2:53 p.m.

The Land Rover arrives at the bottom of the west steps of the chapel.

As soon as the Land Rover stops and the pallet carriers take their positions, a Royal Navy piping party will sound.

The coffin is carried up the steps and stopped on the second landing while members of the royal family take their positions on the steps.

3 pm

The silence of the National Minute, signaled by a weapon fired by the Royal Horse Artillery of the King’s Troop, takes place.

After the silence of the minute, the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury receive the coffin followed by the members of the royal family who were in procession.

As the doors to St. George’s Chapel play near the carry-on sound, the Land Rover, chiefs of service, Imperial Defense Advisers, bodyguards, military knights from Windsor, and service representatives will leave in silence during the funeral service.

After the silence of the National Minute, the coffin will be placed on the katafalque in Quire and members of the royal family who participated in the procession will take their seats for the service, which is scheduled to last 50 minutes and will be presided over by the Dean of Windsor.

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The dean will give the commendation when the coffin is lowered into the royal vault.

A suit is then played by a pipe major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The piper goes from the North Quire Aisle to the Dean’s Cloister.

The final broadcast is played by the Royal Marines horns at the west end of the nave.

After a period of silence, the state trumpeters of the household cavalry will sound the reveille at the western end of the nave. The Royal Marines’ horns will sound action stations, and this is done at the express request of the Duke of Edinburgh. The Archbishop of Canterbury will give the blessing, after which the national anthem will be sung by the four singers present.

After the service, the Queen and members of the royal family, as well as Philip’s relatives, leave the chapel via the Galilee veranda.


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