The royal family has appealed to people who wish to personally pay their respects to Prince Philip to stay home instead.
Buckingham Palace announced that the ceremonial royal funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will take place on April 17th at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. A minute’s silence is observed from 3 p.m.
A palace spokesman said: “Although it is sad that the public will not be able to physically attend events commemorating the Duke’s life, the royal family urges anyone who wishes to express their condolences to do so in the most assured manner Way and not to do by visiting Windsor or other royal palaces to pay their respects.
“The family really wants people to continue to follow guidelines to protect themselves and others.
“The funeral of His Royal Highness will be broadcast so that as many people as possible can attend the occasion, mourn with us and celebrate a truly extraordinary life.”
Only 30 people – believed to be the Duke’s children, grandchildren and other close relatives – will be in attendance, but the Duchess of Sussex has been instructed by her doctor not to travel to the UK for the funeral, a palace spokesman said.
It is believed that Meghan made every effort to travel with Harry, who will be among the mourners, but has not received medical clearance to board a plane.
Originally, 800 people should have gathered to pay their respects to the country’s longest-serving wife, but Philip was known for wanting a low-key affair.
All public elements of the funeral have been canceled, it will be televised but will take place entirely on the grounds of the palace, the palace said.
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.
Public elements of Operation Forth Bridge – the code name for the Duke’s funeral plans – have been abandoned for fear of crowds, including longstanding arrangements for military processions through London and Windsor.
Instead, the trial will take place entirely on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which will be televised but not open to the public and not open to royal fans.
The Duke died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday, two months before his 100th birthday, leaving the Queen and the Royal Family “to mourn his loss.”
The Earl and Countess of Wessex spent about an hour with the Queen at the castle on Saturday. A tearful Sophie told reporters as she left, “The Queen was amazing.”
The Duke of York also arrived in Windsor on Saturday, while the Prince of Wales visited his mother there on Friday.
Gun salutes were fired across Britain, Gibraltar and at sea in honor of the Duke.