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Entertainment Explainer: Everything you need to know about Prince Philip's funeral

13:51  16 april  2021
13:51  16 april  2021 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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  Explainer: Everything you need to know about Prince Philip's funeral © AP


Prince Philip's funeral will be the first major royal send-off in 19 years, but due to COVID-19 it will be a markedly different event to those that have come before.

The Duke of Edinburgh died "peacefully" on the morning of April 9, weeks after spending a month in hospital undergoing treatment and surgery.

On Saturday, April 17 the Queen's husband of 73 years will be farewelled in a ceremonial royal funeral at Windsor Castle, with just 30 guests in attendance.


Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are posing for a picture: The Queen will farewell her husband of 73 years on Saturday. © Getty The Queen will farewell her husband of 73 years on Saturday.


Here are the details that have been confirmed so far.


Where and what time will the funeral take place?

The service will take place at St George's Chapel, within the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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At 2:40pm UK time (in Australia, that's 11:40pm AEST) on Saturday, the duke's coffin will be moved from the castle — it has laid in rest in the Private Chapel in the leadup to the funeral — to the chapel in a procession.

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At 3pm (midnight AEST), there will be a minute's silence before the funeral service begins, lasting approximately 50 minutes.



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Who are the 30 guests?

Though the original funeral plans approved by the duke included a guest list of 800, the UK's current COVID-19 rules stipulate only 30 people, not including clergy, can attend funerals.

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While the prime minister would ordinarily attend a royal funeral, Boris Johnson bowed out to free up a space for a member of Prince Philip's family.


Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princess Eugenie of York, Elizabeth II, Timothy Laurence, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge posing for the camera: The 30-person guest list is comprised mainly of members of the royal family. © AP The 30-person guest list is comprised mainly of members of the royal family.


All attendees will wear masks and will sit with members of their household 'support bubble' who are present, each group 2m apart. Consequently the Queen will sit alone, as she has been in isolation with only Prince Philip and staff at Windsor Castle.

The 30 guests is made up mostly of members of the extended British royal family.

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The Queen will be joined by her four children: Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Princess Anne and husband Sir Timothy Laurence; Prince Andrew; and Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Her Majesty's eight grandchildren will also attend: Peter Phillips; Zara Tindall and husband Mike; Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Harry; Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi; Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank; Lady Louise Windsor; and James, Viscount Severn.

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They will be joined by Princess Margaret's two children, Lady Sarah Chatto and husband Daniel, and David Armstrong-Jones, The Earl of Snowdon, along with the Queen's cousins the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent; The Countess Mountbatten of Burma; and Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy.

Three relatives from the duke's German family will also attend: Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden; Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.


a view of a city at night: The funeral service will be held at St George's Chapel. © Getty The funeral service will be held at St George's Chapel.


Who isn't attending the funeral?

Although Prince Harry returned to the UK from his US home to attend the funeral, his wife Meghan was advised not to by doctors. The Duchess of Sussex is in the late stages of pregnancy with the couple's second child.

Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, whom he still lives with at Royal Lodge in Windsor, is also not attending, nor is Autumn Phillips, who separated from Peter Phillips last year.

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Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duchess of Gloucester and the Duchess of Kent will not be there, nor will the Queen and Prince Philip's great-grandchildren, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge.


Meghan Markle, Prince Harry are posing for a picture: Meghan was unable to join Harry as she did not receive medical clearance to travel while pregnant. © AP Meghan was unable to join Harry as she did not receive medical clearance to travel while pregnant.


How will the funeral unfold?

Like Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Prince Philip will be farewelled in a ceremonial royal funeral, not a state funeral, which is reserved for monarchs. Queen Elizabeth will receive a state funeral.

The service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, while the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing.

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While the funeral plan honours Prince Philip's personal wishes, it has also been scaled back to adhere to the UK's coronavirus restrictions.

While it will be televised, no element of the funeral will be public, and there will be no gathering of members of the public along the procession route.

The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin, draped in his Personal Standard and with naval cap and sword placed on top, will be transported from Windsor Castle to St George's Chapel in an eight-minute procession.

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On arrival at the chapel, a national minute's silence will be observed before the coffin is received by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

At the end of the service, Prince Philip will be interred in the Royal Vault within the chapel.



Who is taking part in the procession?

The duke's coffin will be flanked by representatives from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, and 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

Following on foot will be the following royals: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Sir Timothy Laurence and the Earl of Snowdon.


Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wearing a suit and tie: Princes William and Prince Harry will be among the royals in the funeral procession. © Getty Princes William and Prince Harry will be among the royals in the funeral procession.


William and Harry will not walk side-by-side; their cousin Peter will be positioned between them.

The coffin will be carried in a Land Rover modified to Philip's specifications; he had a long affinity with the cars. The hearse was built using a Land Rover Defender TD5 130 classic cab vehicle, which was made at Land Rover's factory in Solihull in 2003.

Representatives from the Commonwealth and a Dismounted Detachment of the Household Cavalry will meet the procession at Horseshoe Cloister, with the National Anthem playing.

The coffin will then be carried by pallbearers up the West Steps of St George's Chapel, before pausing for a minute's silence.

During the procession, Minute Guns will also be fired by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and Windsor Castle's Curfew Tower Bell will toll.



What will happen at the service?

Attendees who are not taking part in the procession will travel to the chapel; the Queen will be driven in a State Bentley, accompanied by a lady-in-waiting.

The 50-minute service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor.


a group of people standing in front of a building: Her Majesty pictured with the Dean of Windsor in 2018. © PA Her Majesty pictured with the Dean of Windsor in 2018.


A choir of four, located in the Nave of the chapel, will sing pieces of music chosen by Prince Philip. Members of the congregation are unable to sing along under the UK's COVID-19 rules.

At the end of the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing as the duke's coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault. The choir will sing the National Anthem.

Attendees will depart the chapel via Galilee Porch afterwards.

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