Following the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9 April at the age of 99, his funeral will be held tomorrow on Saturday 17 April. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the funeral won’t be accompanied by the usual grand fanfare you could normally expect but will be a rather more subdued event.
How to watch Prince Philip’s funeral
The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle and will be televised and aired live at 3pm on Saturday 17 April. It will be broadcast on various different channels including BBC, Sky and ITN.
Who will attend the funeral
As per Covid guidelines, the funeral is being limited to a maximum of 30 guests, a fraction of the original 800 who would have been expected to attend pre-pandemic. This means that attendees are restricted to immediate family and close friends only.
The Mail Online has confirmed the full and final list of attendees, which includes close family members such as the Queen, all their children and grandchildren (none of the younger great-grandchildren will be in attendance, however).
It has also been confirmed that Prince Philip’s German family will be represented at the funeral (a personal request of the Duke himself) by a cousin and two great-nephews: Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden; Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Also invited is a close friend of the duke, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, who was Philip’s carriage driving partner and one of his closest friends.
Details of the funeral
Some interesting details of the event include:
- The Duke of Edinburgh’s body will be transported to St George’s Chapel in a bespoke Jaguar Land Rover hearse that the Duke himself helped to design especially for this occasion over the course of 16 years. Details include a repaint in military green and he designed the open-top rear and special ‘stops’ to secure his coffin in place.
- Various members of the royal family, including Prince William and Prince Harry, will walk behind the vehicle.
- As per Covid guidelines, the Queen will have to sit by herself in the chapel, however, she will be accompanied by a lady-in-waiting in the state Bentley that will drive her to the chapel as part of the procession.
- There will be a small choir of four singers in the nave of the chapel, who will sing pieces of music chosen by the duke. In a break from tradition, there will be no military uniforms worn by any of those in attendance. This was a decision made directly by the Queen so that those not wearing uniform won’t be noticeable. Palace officials have stated that royal men will wear morning coats with their medals and the women will wear day dresses. All attending will wear face masks.
- The Duke of Edinburgh personally selected the insignia, the medals and decorations that will be on the altar.
Prince Philip was apparently the guiding force behind his funeral arrangements and, as such, we can expect the event to reflect his life-long association with the Royal Navy, with buglers of the Royal Marines sounding Action Stations during the service.