Royal Family's hint about 'unique touches' at Prince Philip's funeral

Prince Philip’s funeral will include a number of “unique details,” the royal family said.

The small funeral will take place tomorrow (Saturday 17th April) at 3pm in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The ceremony will be televised as coronavirus restrictions prevent crowds from gathering to say goodbye to the Duke of Edinburgh.

But the public will be able to see a series of “unique touches” throughout the ministry that reflect his life and work.

The Royal Family tweeted: “The Duke of Edinburgh was closely involved in planning his own funeral.

“As a result, there will be a number of unique touches that will reflect his life and work.”

They include:

  • Many of the moments choreographed by The Duke show his lifelong commitment to the armed forces. HRH’s coffin will be carried by both the Grenadier Guards and the Royal Marines at tomorrow’s ceremony.

  • The Duke’s association with the Royal Marines lasted his entire royal working life. He was named captain general in 1953, and his last official engagement before his retirement was a Royal Marines parade at Buckingham Palace.

  • The Duke became a Colonel in the Grenadier Guards in 1975 and visited the battalion many times in Britain and in overseas operations. At ceremonial events such as Trooping of the Color, the Duke wore the uniform of the Grenadier Guards.

  • The queen’s royal hussars also play a ceremonial role. The regiment’s homage to their former colonel last week reminded him of the following: “Tough, war-tested, straightforward, but with a keen sense of humor, he had a pervasive interest in the regiment, its people and activities.”

The BBC and ITV will be reporting on the service this coming Saturday at 3 p.m. after the Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday 9 April at the age of 99.

A minute’s silence is observed at 3 p.m. to mark Philip’s life.

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