How the Prince Philip’s mourning period and funeral going to take place?
The death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, on Friday has set in place a cautiously orchestrated, days-lasting event that will conclude with his funeral.
Details for a significant royal death are made years in advance. However, particulars are kept fiercely private, and with the coronavirus limitations presently in place across the United Kingdom, it means some aspects of the strategy have had to be changed.
It’s not known how much of a role Philip –who was officially known as the Duke of Edinburgh — played in the decision-making around his funeral; however, on Saturday, a palace spokesperson and royal official revealed a plan for a low-key ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 17, and said it was in line with the duke’s wishes.
However, the event will comprise the colourful traditions of a royal funeral without the public engagement they usually involve.
About the funeral
Philip’s remains are at Windsor Castle, the royal residence at the west of London, where he and the Queen had lived in past months. In mid-March, he came back to the castle for his final weeks after getting discharged from a hospital in London post heart surgery.
His body will lie in rest there before his funeral at St. George’s Chapel, also on site. According to the royal custom and in line with Philip’s wishes, the officials said that arrangement is according to the royal tradition.
The proceedings will start next Saturday at around 2:45 p.m. (9:45 a.m. ET), and the duke’s coffin will be led by a convoy from Windsor Castle, a band of grenadier guards, and with several leaders of military units, at its head.
A Land Rover will carry the duke’s coffin, a vehicle that he was frequently seen driving. It will be in contrast to the usual chauffeur-driven luxury cars the royals travel in.
Before the procession, Philip’s family and fellows of several British military units will meet at Windsor Castle’s Quadrangle. In the nearby Horseshoe Cloister, a guard of honour and band from The Rifles, an army regiment, will accept the coffin to the National Anthem, “God Save the Queen.”
Among the people present at the Horseshoe Cloister will also include commonwealth defence advisers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad, and Tobago.
The vehicle will stop at the chapel’s steps, and a Royal Navy piping party will play “The Still,” a tune used to draw people’s attention, as a mark of respect, to ask for silence or deliver an instruction.
Charles, the Prince of Wales, and few royal family members may take part in the procession on foot, closely behind the coffin, together with staff from the duke’s household. It’s not still clear where precisely the Queen will be in the procession.
After the coffin is taken into the chapel, there will be a national one minute silence at 3 p.m., before the ceremony.