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Rehearsals take place at Pirbright Barracks in Surrey ahead of the funeral inside Windsor Castle


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Full military rehearsals are underway ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral this weekend.

About 730 men and women, from all branches of the armed forces, will be involved in Saturday’s ceremony.

Funerals have been cut back due to the COVID pandemic, but the armed forces will be at the center of events inside Windsor Castle.

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All branches of the armed forces will be involved in the ceremony
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Rehearsals take place at Pirbright Barracks in Surrey ahead of the funeral inside Windsor Castle

Rehearsals take place at Pirbright Barracks in Surrey, where a parade ground has been marked out to represent the Windsor Castle Quadrangle.

Units involved in Saturday’s funeral include the Grenadier Guards, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and the Band of the Royal Marines.

The Grenadier Guards band will lead the procession, chosen because the Duke of Edinburgh was a colonel of the regiment for 42 years.

Lt. Col. Guy Stone, the brigade major, said: “The whole team has been amazing in getting us to where we are now, whether it’s through testing, whether it’s through setting. instead of COVID-compliant hosting, this has been remarkable.

“Everyone is working very hard to make this perfectly right. “

Captain Gemma Darrington, who was part of the logistics team behind the scenes, said: “We had people here as early as Saturday to settle in.

“I went through the layout of the campus: where do you put people, where do you feed people.

“It’s about making sure that those present have everything they need to do their duty. “

Sergeant Bugler Jamie Ritchie to perform The Last Post with three other people at funeral
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Sergeant Bugler Jamie Ritchie to perform The Last Post with three other people at funeral

Sergeant Bugler Jamie Ritchie will perform The Last Post on Saturday. It will be a moving moment.

“I remember he was incredibly relatable as a person,” he told Sky News.

Watch and follow live coverage of Prince Philip’s funeral service on Sky News from 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

“His speech (to us) was something we could all understand as being just back from operations and deployment. It was a short speech but it made a lot of laughs.

“There will be four of us playing The Last Post and we will make sure to give the best possible performance to make Prince Philip proud if he was there to listen. ”

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