Prince Philip’s Funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, on Saturday, 17 April 2021.
Following Prince Philip’s death on Friday, 9 April, Operation Forth Bridge (publicly announcing his passing and organising his funeral) commenced.
The Duke of Edinburgh has said that he wanted a minimum of fuss so it will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, rather than a State Funeral, to celebrate his life and over 70 years of service to The Queen, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
In the meantime, Prince Philip’s coffin, covered with his Personal Royal Standard with a wreath on top, will rest in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle until the day of the funeral.
The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, and the Lord Chamberlain, Lord Parker of Minsmere, will accompany Prince Philip’s coffin to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle, the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, as pallbearers.
Prince Philip’s coffin will be then carried in a purpose-built Land Rover, which he had helped design, flanked by military pallbearers, during a ceremonial procession to the State Entrance of St George’s Chapel.
Prince Charles and Members of the Royal Family, along with staff from Prince Philip’s household, will walk behind the coffin.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire Minute Guns from the East Lawn and the Curfew Tower Bell will toll during the procession.
The Duke’s Naval Cap and Sword will also be placed on the coffin before the service whilst his insignia from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth Countries, Greece and Denmark – medals and decorations, his Field Marshal’s baton and Royal Air Force Wings – will be laid on cushions on the altar.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Dean of Windsor will conduct the service.
The funeral starts at 3.00 pm with a National Minute’s Silence for Prince Philip.
Who Will Be Attending?
Queen Elizabeth and up to 30 members of the Royal family due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Representatives detachments from Prince Philip’s Special Relationships – the Royal Marines, Regiments, Corps and Air Stations in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle.
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