The plan for the mourning period and the funeral of Prince Philip

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Death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, longtime husband of Queen Elizabeth II



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Plans for a major royal death are being drawn years in advance, although details remain extremely confidential and coronavirus restrictions currently in place across the UK mean some aspects of the strategy will need to be changed.

CNN understands that the Queen must approve any proposal and it is not known if this has already happened. It is also not known what part Philippe himself played in the plans for his funeral.

But some notable parts of the arrangements for Philip’s death – which government ministers, royal staff and media partners call the codename ‘Forth Bridge’ have been announced and will unfold as follows.

Philip’s remains can be found at Windsor Castle, the royal residence just west of London, where he and the Queen have lived for the past few months.
Philip returned to the castle in mid-March for his final weeks, having been released from a London hospital after heart surgery.

His body will rest in the castle, before his funeral at the Saint-Georges chapel, also on site. This arrangement is in keeping with royal custom and Philip’s wishes, according to the College of Arms, the royal society which plays a key role in the planning.

Tributes

A major royal death elicits expressions of mourning from many Britons. The deaths of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother in recent decades have seen thousands take to the streets of the country to commemorate their lives.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday: “Today we mourn with Her Majesty The Queen. We extend our condolences to him and his entire family, and we give thanks, as a nation and Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. ”

Flags on royal buildings will be raised half-length until 8 a.m. (3 a.m. ET) the day after Philip’s funeral. This includes all “official” flags of the United Kingdom – the Union Jack, the flags of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as the ensigns and colors of the United Kingdom. ships.

The flags above most government buildings, including 10 Downing Street, have also been lowered.

Public tributes have been included in plans for Philip’s death, although they are likely to be disrupted by coronavirus-related restrictions on gatherings. Currently, outdoor gatherings of more than six people or two households are banned in England, with similar restrictions elsewhere in the UK.

On Friday, the College of Arms “regrettably requested that members of the public not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral.”

Similar advice has been given by the government. “Although it is an extremely difficult time for many, we ask the public not to congregate in the royal residences and to continue to follow public health advice, especially to avoid meeting in large groups and to minimize travel. A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office said in a statement. declaration.

“We support the royal house by asking that floral tributes not be deposited in the royal residences for the moment”, added the spokesperson.

Shots will be fired across the UK at noon on Saturday, the UK Ministry of Defense wrote in a statement. “Throughout the UK, in Gibraltar and on HM ships at sea, salvage batteries will fire 41 single rounds every minute for 40 minutes,” he wrote.

“The public are encouraged to watch the shots from their homes, they will take place behind closed doors but broadcast online and on television,” the statement added.

Funerals

The current coronavirus situation threatens to make the Duke’s funeral unrecognizable from those previously held for most of the royals.

Death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, longtime husband of Queen Elizabeth II

It will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, and unlike the one on the Queen’s death, it will not be a state funeral.

Even so-called “ceremonial” funerals would normally be televised and feature some public element, but any ceremonies or military processions are likely to take place behind castle walls, to discourage members of the public from congregating.

Usually, such funerals would be attended by heads of state from all over the world.

But only 30 people are currently allowed to attend funerals in England, with social distancing measures in place. That won’t change on Monday, although the country is entering its second phase of ‘unlocking’, so Philip’s funeral is only expected to involve family members and closest friends and helpers.

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