When is it and will the Duke of Edinburgh have a state funeral?

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When is it and will the Duke of Edinburgh have a state funeral?


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The UK and the Royal Family are in mourning for the death of Prince Philip, who died aged 99.
And the Duke of Edinburgh will get his last wish for a small ‘no-fuss’ funeral, thanks to current Covid restrictions.

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UK and royals mourn the death of Prince PhilipCredit: PA

When is Prince Philip’s funeral?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel at 3 p.m. next Saturday (April 17).

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be one of the few non-royal mourners.

Will Prince Philip have a state funeral?

As the Queen’s consort, Prince Philip is entitled to a state funeral.

But the Duke of Edinburgh will not receive any, as he has expressed through his own vows.

Instead, he will receive a military funeral, with a private service held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and a burial at Frogmore Gardens.

Had the Duke of Edinburgh requested a state funeral, it likely would have involved a military procession to Westminster Abbey where his body would be in condition for members of the public to pay their respects.

A service at Westminster Abbey or Saint Paul’s Cathedral would have followed, before burial in Saint George’s Chapel.

But even before Covid, the humble Prince Philip had turned down the possibility of a full state burial.

What are the funeral details?

The Duke of Edinburgh will receive a military funeral, with a private service held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle with just 30 mourners and a funeral at Frogmore Gardens.

Unfortunately, there will be no public procession.

Prince Philip’s body is currently resting in the private chapel at Windsor Castle and will be transferred to St George’s Chapel on April 17 ahead of the funeral.

The funeral will begin with a national minute of silence at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast live on television.

The poignant ceremony will end with the transport of his body to the royal vault of St George’s Chapel.

The casket will be moved to Windsor Castle State Entrance on April 17 by a group of porters from the Grenadier Guards – the elite regiment of The Queen’s Company in Windsor.

The ceremonial procession will depart State Entrance at 2:45 p.m. with the Prince of Wales and members of the Royal Family walking behind the coffin.

The Queen approved Boris Johnson’s recommendation to have a period of national mourning beginning Friday April 9 and ending Saturday April 17.

The royal family will observe two weeks of mourning.

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