The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral details have been revealed and they fall in line with his personal wishes. Prince Philip will be honored with a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same given for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. His wife Queen Elizabeth has already approved the plans, setting the funeral on Saturday, April 17 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel on the Windsor grounds. The royal family published the intricacies of the ceremony on their official website, unveiling a rather interesting tidbit about how Philip’s coffin will be transported.
Prince Philip’s coffin is scheduled to be moved in a “purpose-built Land Rover.” The high-end British vehicle was custom made just to carry His Royal Highness in the funeral procession. In fact, Philip was involved in the design to ensure it was exactly to his specifications. The Rover will roll from the State Entrance to St George’s for the service with military Pall Bearers flanking both sides.
According to the royal site: “Members of the Royal Family and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Household will walk behind the coffin from the Quadrangle, down Chapel Hill and into Horseshoe Cloister. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at 1500hrs.” The funeral service aims to celebrate the Duke’s rich life, which includes over 70 years of service to the monarch and Commonwealth.
Details of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral have been announced.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 10, 2021
The service will take place:
◾️on Saturday 17 April 2021
◾️in St George’s Chapel, Windsor
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Due to the UK’s current COVID-19 restrictions, the guest list is limited to 30 people. Philip’s wife Queen Elizabeth will, of course, be in attendance alongside the rest of her royal family. It was recently confirmed that the late Duke’s grandson Prince Harry will make the trip back home from California to pay his respects. He’ll be flying solo as his pregnant wife Meghan Markle was advised not to travel.
Buckingham Palace confirmed The Duke of Edinburgh’s passing at the age of 99 with a statement on Friday, April 9, saying: “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”