Funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh”

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April.

His death has left a "huge void" in the "stoic" Queen's life, her son, Prince Andrew has said. Sam, who is based at HMS Heron in Yeovil, Somerset, is doing the same job at the same location as his late great-grandfather Peter Moth did many years ago, and was so keen to join the forces he signed up at the Shrewsbury recruitment centre in the Square on the first day he could, aged 15 and nine months. Coverage begins as early as 5 a.m.

The ceremony with just 30 mourners behind the stately walls of Windsor Castle, west of London, will be watched by an expected television audience of millions, with the public urged to stay away because of the pandemic.

Up next are Philip's children and their spouses.

That includes the transporting of his body to the chapel in a modified Land Rover Defender he designed himself. That's Prince Charles and Camilla, Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Andrew. They will all be dressed in civilian clothes.

He also processed behind the Queen Mother's cortege in 2002.

Meanwhile, the rest of the congregation, including Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge; Princess Beatrice; Princess Eugenie, and other family members will arrive at the chapel by vehicle.

Also in attendance will be Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.

The Queen will arrive at the chapel separately, attended by a lady in waiting.

The funeral will begin with a national minute's silence at 3pm BST.

Inside the chapel, all members of the congregation will wear a face covering, as dictated by public health rules. The ceremony is due to last around 50 minutes. Among the readings will be Ecclesiasticus 43 and John 11.

Princess Diana wearing the Japanese pearl choker and Bahrain pearl and diamond earrings at a banquet at Hampton Court for the Dutch Royal family in 1982

Royal officials and the government have urged the public not to congregate at palaces to pay their respects, although a steady stream of well-wishers have ignored the calls.

There will be a small quartet who will sing pieces of music chosen by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Former Bishop of London Richard Chartres, who knew Philip well, said the prince was a man of faith, but liked things kept succinct. When the Queen dies, he will be transferred to the King George VI memorial chapel to lie next to her.

Inside the gothic chapel, the setting for centuries of royal weddings and funerals, the service will include Royal Marine buglers sounding "Action Stations", an alarm that alerts sailors to prepare for battle.

The archbishop of Canterbury will then pronounce the Blessing.

Soldiers, sailors and air force personnel are practising, polishing and making final preparations for Prince Philip's funeral, a martial but personal service that will mark the death of a royal patriarch who was also one of the dwindling number of World War II veterans. His family ties were just as broad, with Britain's longest-serving consort linked by blood and marriage to most of the continent's royal houses.

That was a personal request from Philip, who spent nearly 14 years in the Royal Navy and saw action in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Pacific during World War II.

"If Queen Victoria is considered the grandmother of Europe, Prince Philip is the uncle of Europe", said Vassilis Koutsavlis, president of the Tatoi Royal Estate Friends Association. A Lament will be played by a Pipe Major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Speaking of his grandfather after returning to the United Kingdom last week, Prince Harry said he was "a man of service, honor and great humor. with a seriously sharp wit".

So will grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry, although not side by side.

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