Buckingham Palace has released the full details for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday at Windsor Castle, including a Land Rover hearse he helped design
Prince Philip’s coffin will be transported in a specially-adapted Land Rover hearse he helped design. The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be different from previous royal deaths due to his wishes not to be given a state ceremony, but most significantly, due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was confirmed yesterday the service would take place at 3pm on Saturday, April 17, in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Now, Buckingham Palace have released the exact details of the historic event. Prince Philip’s funeral plan The Duke’s coffin will be moved from the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle, where it is currently, and transferred to St George’s Chapel. His coffin will be transported by a Bearer Party of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, while accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Lord Chamberlain.
The Duke’s personal standard will cover the casket, which will be decorated with a wreath of flowers, his Naval cap and his sword. Prince Philip’s special relationships with the military will be in the Quadrangle, along with the Household Cavalry and The Foot Guards. His coffin will be carried by a purpose-built Land Rover that the Duke helped to design himself.
Prince Philip had a special love for Land Rovers, it is understood the vehicle that carries the Duke’s coffin will be similar to his Defender 130 Gun Bus, which he commissioned in 2005.
Senior members of the Royal Family will follow the Duke on foot. The Band of the Grenadier Guards, of which Philip was Colonel for 42 years, will lead the procession to St George’s Chapel and the Major General’s Party and the Service Chiefs will follow.
Then, Prince Philip’s funeral service will start with a national minute of silence. The Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury will receive the coffin, carried by a Bearer Party found by the Royal Marines. After the service, Prince Philip will be interred in the Royal Vault in St George’s Chapel. Many members of the military will be involved in the funeral to honour Prince Philip’s service.
What has changed because of Covid?
Originally, royal aides had planned for military precessions through London and Windsor. But now, there will be no public part of the funeral and the service will only be within Windsor Castle. People have also been urged not to gather at any royal residences.
Who will go to the funeral?
A guestlist of 800 people has been cut to just 30, in line with coronavirus regulations. It is not yet known who will make the cut but the Queen, senior royals and the Duke’s private secretary of 11 years will be there. Boris Johnson said he would forego his spot at the event for a family member to take it. Senior members of the Royal Family will be at the funeral but Meghan has been advised to stay in California because she is pregnant.
Will Harry and Meghan be there?
Prince Harry has confirmed he will be at his grandfather’s funeral but Meghan has been advised not to travel while heavily pregnant with the couple’s second child.
The Queen and the royal family have entered two weeks of royal mourning, starting from the day of Philip’s death. Royal mourning will be observed by members of the family and their households, together with troops committed to ceremonial duties. During this period, the royals will continue undertaking engagements appropriate to the circumstances. Mourning bands will be worn where appropriate.
The UK has entered eight days of mourning which means flags will be flown at half mast, TV presenters will wear black and Parliament will not be allowed to pass any new laws.