Up-to-the-minute arrangements for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday have been announced.
The military has been rehearsing their key role at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral all week.
The Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Army will be in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday, taking part in the procession and other duties including playing The Last Post.
Rehearsals were held at the Pirbright Army Training Center in Surrey, where hundreds of military personnel gathered following the announcement of Philip’s death.
Here are the arrangements for Saturday:
The military duties begin hours before the funeral on Saturday afternoon. Philip’s coffin – covered with his personal standard and surmounted by his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers – is being moved by a party of porters found by The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. from the private chapel to the inner hall of Windsor Castle.
The service departments, recognizing Philip’s special military ties, will be positioned in the square, which is also lined by the household cavalry and the foot guards.
The gang of Grenadier Guards, of which Philip was Colonel for 42 years, will lead the procession to St. George’s Chapel.
They are followed by the major general’s party, and then the chiefs of service, which will include the chief of air staff, naval staff, and defense staff.
Philip had a notable career in the Royal Navy, and while retiring from active service in 1951, he remained closely associated with it and other military elements throughout his public life.
Members of the royal family and relatives of Prince Philip will drive to St. George’s Chapel.
The coffin, which is transported from the castle to the chapel in a specially modified Land Rover that Philip helped design, is flanked by pallbearers drawn from the Duke’s special relationships – the Royal Marines, regiments, corps and air stations.
It will arrive at George IV Gate and then proceed clockwise around the square to the Equerries entrance.
The route of the procession is lined with representatives from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the RAF.
Pallbearers carry the coffin through the inner hall to the state entrance, where it is loaded back onto the Land Rover.
Members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s household take their positions in the procession and the bands stop playing music.
The coffin comes out of the state entrance and is met by members of the royal family in procession.
The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex will not walk shoulder to shoulder when participating with high-ranking kings in the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral procession.
William and Harry, whose troubled relationship is well documented, are separated from cousin Peter Phillips when they walk in a row behind their grandfather’s coffin on Saturday.
The Queen, attended by a waiting lady, leaves the state entrance and joins the procession in Bentley State.
Members of the royal family will not wear military uniforms, but the royal men will wear dressing gowns with their medals, while the women will wear day dresses.
The decision is a break with the tradition of ceremonial royal funerals and contrasts with the strong military presence shown in honor of Philip, who served with honors during World War II.
The move means the Duke of Sussex doesn’t have to act as one of the few close family members who doesn’t wear a uniform.
Harry lost his military honorary degrees after deciding to step down as a senior working king.
The procession continues towards St. George’s Chapel.
Minute guns are fired by the Royal Horse Artillery of the King’s Troop from the East Lawn for the duration of the procession and a curfew tower bell sounds.
As the procession approaches the Horseshoe Cloister, the Grenadier Guards band stops playing and marches through Dentons Commons.
The Rifle Honor Guard in the Horseshoe Cloister will deliver a royal salute and the national anthem will be played.
A Royal Naval Piping Party with 1 Chief Petty Officer and 5 ratings will be present in honor of Philip’s Sea Service.
The piping party will whistle “quiet” as soon as the Land Rover is at the foot of the stairs.
A supporting group of Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps and observe a minute’s silence.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor receive the coffin.
In the chapel, Philip’s insignia – the medals and decorations awarded to him by Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations – are prepositioned on cushions on the altar along with the staff of his Field Marshal Royal Air Force, wings and insignia from Denmark and Greece.
The final broadcast is played by the Royal Marines horns at the west end of the nave.
Royal Marines buglers will sound action stations during the service at the Duke’s request.
It is played on a warship to signal that all hands should go to battle stations and is sometimes shown at funerals of naval men.
The funeral is about to begin.
Due to the pandemic restrictions on church services in England, only 30 mourners are allowed to attend and all wear face covers. The 30 participating people are listed here.
Nine pillows with badges are placed around the altar in St. George’s Chapel. They represent British and Commonwealth orders and decorations as well as the final pillow with orders from Greece and Denmark.
The Duke of Edinburgh has had around 61 awards and prizes from 53 different countries, although not all of them are on display due to lack of space. He personally selected the insignia that will stand on the altar for his funeral.