He was at the Queen’s side for more than 70 years.
Now Britain has entered a time of national mourning after Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday April 9th at the age of 99.
His funeral will take place on Saturday April 17th and until then the country will be in an official period of mourning. You can read more details about the funeral here.
The government has released details of how long the grief will last and what it means.
Its website states: “The government understands that this is a difficult and sad time for many and that the public wants to pay their respects.
“In order to protect one another and to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, we ask the public not to visit the Royal Residences or to gather in public at this time and to continue to comply with all Covid-19 regulations where you live.
“In particular, we respectfully ask the public not to attend events associated with His Royal Highness’ s funeral.”
They have asked that people not place flowers or other items in royal residences or other public spaces in order to comply with coronavirus rules.
How long is the mourning period?
The period of mourning began after the announcement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on Friday and continued until the day of his funeral on Saturday 17th April.
After the sad news, significant changes were made to television programming on Friday. The news anchors put on black outfits to reflect the grim news.
Gun salutes were held across the country on Saturday and bells were rung in his memory.
What does the mourning period mean?
Union flags flying from royal residences and government buildings were half-masted on April 9 and remain half-masted until 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 18, the day after the funeral.
The flags will also be at half mast in armed forces facilities and British overseas posts.
Corporations or other organizations that wish to pay their respects can also hoist flags at half mast.
There will be a national minute of silence at 3 p.m. on the day of the funeral.
Sports events can also be canceled, although the government says it is at the discretion of the organizers. They say organizers should also consider wearing black armbands and keeping silence before the games.
It is said companies may want to make arrangements to maintain silence on funeral day, although they are not expected to close if they do not want to.
How long will the royal family mourn?
Buckingham Palace said it was the queen’s wish that the royal family enter a period of mourning for two weeks starting April 9.
They said, “Royal mourning is observed by members of the royal family and their households along with troops who are dedicated to ceremonial duties.
“During this time, members of the royal family will continue to make commitments as appropriate to the circumstances. Mourning ribbons will be worn as appropriate.”
When does Prince Philip’s funeral take place?
HRH will rest at Windsor Castle prior to the memorial service but this will not be open to the public.
The royal funeral will take place on Saturday 17th April at 3 p.m. at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
In order to comply with the coronavirus blocking rules, only 30 guests are allowed to participate. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will not be attending to make more space for family and friends.
His coffin is carried in a specially built Land Rover, which the Duke was involved in designing. Members of the royal family and household of the Duke of Edinburgh will walk behind the coffin.
The procession begins at 2:45 p.m., led by the band of Grenadier Guards, of which the Duke of Edinburgh was Colonel for 42 years.
Prince Harry is flying to the UK from his California home to attend the service, but his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will be absent on her doctor’s advice.
Is there a condolence book?
An online condolence book can be found on the Royal website. Physical books are not opened to comply with Covid rules.