Prince Philip’s funeral scheduled for April 17 at Windsor Castle, palace officials say

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The Duke of Edinburgh is the oldest royal consort in British history.  He and the Queen have four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.



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Buckingham Palace officials have said Prince Philip’s funeral is scheduled to take place on April 17 at Windsor Castle as part of a family service that will be closed to the public.

The palace said Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, had been involved in planning his funeral and that the focus on family was in accordance with his wishes. The 99-year-old duke died on Friday.

Prince Harry, who stepped down from royal duties last year and now lives in California, will attend the service along with other royals. His wife, Meghan Markle, who is pregnant, has been advised by her doctor not to attend.

It will be an interesting family reunion, given that Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, recently expressed their tensions with the British royal family in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday aged 99, officials at Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
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During the two-hour special, Harry revealed that his relationship with his father, Prince Charles, 72, and his older brother had broken down.

Markle described feeling so isolated and miserable within the royal family that she had thoughts of suicide. The Duchess of Sussex also alleged that a member of the royal family had ‘concerns’ about the color of her unborn child’s skin. The family member was not Queen Elizabeth II or her husband Prince Philip, according to Harry, prompting a wave of speculation about who it could be.

Palace officials said the ceremony will be conducted strictly in accordance with government COVID-19 guidelines, which limit the number of people attending the funeral. They declined to say whether the royal family would be required to wear masks.

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Prince Harry is expected to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, scheduled for April 17 at Windsor Castle.
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Details of the funeral were disclosed on Saturday hours after military teams across the UK and on ships at sea fired salutes from 41 cannons to mark the Duke’s death, in honor of the former officer navy ship they considered one of their own.

Batteries in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – the capitals of the four nations that make up the UK – as well as other towns in the UK and the Mediterranean outpost of Gibraltar fired the one-minute bursts. interval from noon. Ships including HMS Montrose, a frigate patrolling the Persian Gulf, offered their own greetings.

Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday, two months before his 100th birthday.

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The Duke of Edinburgh is the oldest royal consort in British history. He and the Queen have four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
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“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle, ”read the statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday.

On February 16, Philip was admitted to a London hospital after feeling ill. On March 3, he underwent surgery for pre-existing heart disease at Saint-Barthélemy Hospital before being transferred to King Edward VII Hospital on March 5 and finally released home on March 16.

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He is the oldest royal husband in British history. He and the Queen have four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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