Prince Philip will be laid to rest on April 17th, with Prince Harry in attendance.

Spread the love

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be held at Windsor Castle next weekend.

Next week’s service will take place on Saturday afternoon British time, which is 2 a.m. Sunday morning New Zealand time.

According to a palace spokeswoman, the function will be a “ceremonial royal funeral” rather than a state funeral, which will “very much reflects the duke’s wishes”

The funeral, according to the palace, will commemorate and represent a life of service and has been modified to comply with Covid-19 rules, including no public access, though it will be televised.

The Queen has approved the British Prime Minister’s recommendation that there be eight days of national mourning, to end on 17 April, the day of the funeral.

Where will the funeral take place?

According to reports, Prince Philip has demanded a low-key funeral and would not lay in state, where members of the public may have been able to see his coffin.

Instead, he will be laid to rest in Windsor Castle’s private chapel before the day of his funeral.

The duke’s coffin is shrouded in his standard, his own flag. The flag reflects aspects of his life, ranging from his Greek ancestry to his British names. A floral wreath has also been mounted on the coffin.

As the Duke of Edinburgh became engaged to Princess Elizabeth in 1946, he renounced his Greek title and became a British citizen, adopting his mother’s anglicised name, Mountbatten.

The Mountbatten family is therefore also represented on the standard, alongside the castle from the arms of the City of Edinburgh – he became Duke of Edinburgh when he married.

People walk through Windsor Great Park along the Long Walk with Windsor Castle in the background, in Windsor, west of London, on April 9, 2021, following the announcement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

People gather outside Windsor Castle, west of London, after the announcement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death. Photo: AFP

What will happen on the day?

Instead of a royal funeral, the duke will have a ceremonial funeral. There is a slight distinction: state funerals are often reserved for monarchs, while Winston Churchill was given a state funeral during World War II.

READ ALSO:  Erudite Scholar, Prof. Haruna Wakili of Bayero University announced dead

Coronavirus limits on crowds and numbers attending funerals mean the duke’s formal funeral would be even lower key than if it had occurred at a certain time, but the Palace insists this “reflects the duke’s wishes” and would also “celebrate and reflect” a life of service.

On the day of the funeral, the coffin will be moved to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle. It will be placed on a modified Land Rover, that the duke himself helped design, to be carried the short distance to St George’s Chapel.

The eight-minute procession is expected to involve military personnel and the coffin will be flanked by pallbearers. Members of the armed forces will line the route and members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales will walk behind the coffin.

The Queen will travel separately to the chapel for the service.

Military guns will fire during the procession and the curfew bell will toll.

From the West Steps of the chapel, eight pallbearers will carry the coffin, draped with the duke’s standard, with a wreath and the duke’s naval cap and sword on top.

The coffin will be greeted by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. After the service, the duke will be interred in the royal vault.

Who will attend the funeral?

Coronavirus restrictions in England mean only 30 people, socially distanced, are allowed to attend funerals. The pallbearers and clergy are not included in the number of attendees.

The names of the invited guests or family members are yet to be published. Prince Harry will attend, but his pregnant wife Meghan will not due to medical advice. The Duke of Sussex is now residing in the United States with the Duchess of Sussex, and has not returned to the United Kingdom after standing down as a senior royal last year.

READ ALSO:  Veteran actor Jimoh Aliu has passed

Thousands of people were supposed to assemble in London and Windsor in the days following the duke’s burial, codenamed Forth Bridge, with some even camping out to get a good view of the military procession.

Hundreds of members of the armed forces would also have lined the streets in honour of the duke, alongside thousands of police officers to keep control of the crowds.

But since the pandemic began, organisers have been working on contingency plans which would avoid attracting mass gatherings in the event that the duke died.

Well-wishers carry floral tributes to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the day after his death at the age of 99, outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on April 10, 2021.

Well-wishers carry floral tributes to Prince Philip, the day after his death at the age of 99, outside Windsor Castle. Photo: AFP

What happens next?

The country is now in a state of mourning, which will conclude on the day of the funeral.

Both government buildings will have their Union Jacks and national flags flown at half-mast. Union jacks will also be flown at half-mast on royal buildings if the Queen is not in residence.

The Royal Standard, which represents the throne and the king, is never flown at half-mast and is instead flown at full-mast while the Queen is present.

Gun salutes took place across the UK and in Gibraltar at midday on Saturday. Military guns fired 41 rounds at one round every minute for 40 minutes in Edinburgh, Cardiff, London, Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland and at Devonport and Portsmouth naval bases.

Royal Navy ships at sea, including HMS Diamond and HMS Montrose, also fired the salute, a tribute to the duke, who served as a naval officer during World War II and held, among other titles, the office of lord high admiral.

READ ALSO:  John le Carré, British spy-turned-novelist, dies aged 89

Out of respect, the main political parties in England, Scotland and Wales have suspended campaigning for next month’s elections. The House of Commons will sit on Monday for MPs to pay their tributes to the duke.

How can the public pay their respects?

Coronavirus restrictions on mass gatherings in England mean the long-held plans for the days leading up to the funeral, and the funeral itself, have been amended.

Members of the public have been asked not to try to attend any of the funeral events, in line with public health advice.

The Royal Family has also requested that no flowers or tributes be left at royal residences.

Members of the public are encouraged on the Royal Family webpage to consider making a charitable contribution instead of leaving floral tributes in the duke’s memory. There is also an online book of condolences where the public can leave their personal tributes.

A plaque declaring the duke’s death that was placed outside Buckingham Palace was later scrapped due to fears that it would draw crowds. Despite appeals not to, people have left flowers, cards, and tributes outside the palace and at Windsor Castle.

 

 364 

Leave a Reply