Will there be a Bank Holiday in the UK for Prince Philip's funeral?

This afternoon Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke of Edinburgh has died.

Prince Philip died peacefully as Windsor Castle, the palace confirmed.

The palace said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“HRH passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The royal family, along with people around the world, mourn his loss.”

There is uncertainty among the general public about whether there will be a public holiday for the Duke’s funeral.

The palace has yet to confirm when the funeral will take place, although the country has now entered a state of mourning that is expected to last until the day of the funeral.

Will there be a public holiday for Prince Philip’s funeral?

It is very unlikely that there will be a public holiday to mark the event. Only the state funeral of a ruling monarch is declared a bank holiday.

What’s happening now?

As the nation digs up news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, behind the scenes detailed plans for his funeral will soon be put into action.

The arrangements are code-named Forth Bridge, after the Scottish landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All newsreaders must wear black as a sign of respect alongside all other presenters who appear on television.

The Queen is unlikely to be conducting state affairs while preparations for the funeral are in progress.

According to The mirror Prince Philip will have a ceremonial royal funeral rather than a state funeral – and he will rest at Windsor Castle according to his wishes.

Instead, His Royal Highness will hold a military-style funeral with a private service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. The public has been asked not to gather or attend any of the events due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The flags are flown at half mast until 8 a.m. the day after the funeral, the date of which has not been publicly disclosed.


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