What we know about the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral and the days ahead

The royal family is being helped in this “particularly sad time” by public support following the death of the “beloved” Duke of Edinburgh, said the Prince of Wales.

Charles spoke movingly of his “dear papa” who had dedicated himself to the Queen, his family and the country for about 70 years.

Britain is officially in a period of national mourning for next week, up to and including Philip’s funeral on Saturday afternoon.

This is what we learned from Buckingham Palace before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

The funeral date

The Duke of Edinburgh’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on Saturday April 17th at 3 p.m. at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace said.

It will be a royal ceremonial funeral as expected and will be televised.

What was cut out due to the pandemic?

There will be no public element for the funeral. It will take place entirely on the grounds of the castle.

Original plans for military processions through London or Windsor have been abandoned and the royal family is asking the public not to gather at the castle or other royal residences.


Only 30 people will be present instead of 800 as originally planned.

A full guest list will be announced on Thursday, but it will consist of the Queen, the Monarch, and Philip’s children and grandchildren.

Other relatives might also be present, including the queen’s cousins.

The Duke’s private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, who has served for 11 years, will also be present.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be in attendance to allow as many family members as possible to participate amid coronavirus restrictions, No. 10 said.

Harry and Meghan

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The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her doctor not to travel to the UK for the funeral, but the Duke of Sussex will be present.

Face masks

The Queen and her family are required to wear face masks and, as per applicable guidelines, are required to socially distance themselves from one another if they are not part of the same household.

A minute’s silence

There will be a national minute of silence on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the funeral.

The country will remain in national mourning up to and including the day of the funeral.

Royal mourning

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The Queen and Royal Family have begun two weeks of royal mourning, starting on the day of Philip’s death.

Royal mourning is observed by family members and their households along with troops engaged in ceremonial duties.

Some official engagements continue

During this time, the Royals will continue to make commitments as appropriate to the circumstances.

Mourning ribbons are worn if necessary.


The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will attend the memorial service.

Television address

It is not yet known whether the Queen will decide to give a televised address to Philip.

But the Prince of Wales sent his “dear papa” a moving televised message on behalf of his family, highlighting his “remarkable, devoted service to the Queen”.

Coffin in peace

The Duke’s coffin remains at rest in Windsor Castle’s private chapel until the day of the funeral.

The Land Rover procession

Shortly before the funeral, Philip’s coffin is brought onto a specially modified Land Rover that he helped design.

It will slowly walk through the castle grounds where the military will be present as a tribute, followed by heir to the throne Charles and other members of the royal family on foot.

They are followed by five members of the Duke’s household – his private secretary, Brigadier Miller Bakewell, Philip’s personal protection officer, as well as two sides and two valets.

Details in honor of the Duke

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Philip’s coffin is draped with his personal standard and decorated with a wreath of flowers as well as his naval cap and sword.

The Duke’s Insignia – Medals and Awards bestowed upon him by Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations; the staff of his field marshal; royal

Air force wing; and badges from Denmark and Greece are prepositioned on cushions on the altar in St. George’s Chapel.

Order the service

The order of service has yet to be cleared, but further funeral details are expected to be confirmed later in the week.

The government says on its website that people should avoid singing at funerals as it can increase the risk of airborne coronavirus transmission.

Military participation

Elements of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Army will be present during the eight-minute procession in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guard, will carry the coffin to the Land Rover, and the Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the west steps to the chapel.

Representative departments from Philip’s special military relations will stand on the lawn in the Schlossviereck, and the vehicle will be flanked by pallbearers from the Royal Marines, regiments, corps and air stations.

The square is also lined by the household cavalry and foot guards.

Chiefs of service, including the Chief of Staff, Naval Staff, Chief of Aircraft and the Commander of the British Strategic Command, will work in front of the Land Rover.


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