Prince Philip’s final journey plotted as funeral procession route released

The Jaguar Land Rover which will be used to transport the coffin

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Prince Philip will embark on a final eight-minute trip before a bugle signals his last wish to reunite his family.
The funeral for the late 99-year-old will be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday where his family will gather for a royal farewell ceremony.

The exact procession times have been released detailing how and when the small gathering of mourners will honor the late Prince.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s casket will rest in a private chapel inside Windsor Castle until shortly before the start of the funeral.

At 2:40 p.m., the casket will travel to the state entrance where it will be loaded onto a Land Rover.

Prince Philip died on Friday at the age of 99
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Five minutes later, a small procession will accompany the vehicle through the castle grounds, as the army lines the route.

Members of the royal family are expected to follow the procession on foot, but not the Queen.

The procession will then arrive at the west steps of St George’s Chapel at 2:53 pm before the coffin is carried to the top of the steps.

A minute of silence will then take place at 3 p.m. before the coffin is transported to the chapel.

Towards the end of the service, a Royal Marine will play the touching action stations, sounded on naval warships to signify: “All hands must go to the battle stations.”

The War Alert, a tradition in naval funerals, will pay tribute to Philip’s distinguished service during World War II.

Philip wanted the call to echo around the sprawling 15th-century St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle as his family gathered for his royal farewell ceremony on Saturday.

The Jaguar Land Rover which will be used to transport the coffin
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Prince Philip's funeral procession plans at Windsor Castle
Map detailing the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral procession
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A palace spokesperson said: “I think it just shows the level of detail in which the Duke entered his own funeral service.

“It is fitting testimony to remind many who may not be aware that the Duke witnessed active duty during WWII aboard a Royal Navy ship.

The Duke, who died last Friday at the age of 99, was mentioned in dispatches for his service.

A royal source said: “The symbolism of his last call will not be lost on the family.

“That even in the last moments of the Duke before his burial, he called his troops, his family, to occupy their posts.

‘The Duke has spoken to his family often about the need to support the Queen and the institution and there is perhaps no more emotional moment than this given recent history and the controversies raging. within the family.

“Everyone is very hopeful that they will use this as a rallying cry to come together.”

The last message will also be played.

The Duke of Edinburgh chose all the music for his funeral, which had to be drastically reduced due to the coronavirus crisis.

A soprano singer has been hired to help the choir give more volume to the hymns, as mourners will be prohibited from singing.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver the blessing, after which the national anthem will be sung by the four members of the choir, with the Duke’s body buried in the vault under the chapel.

The Queen will be seated alone as Philip was the only person in her bubble aside from a small number of dedicated staff.

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