Prince Philip: Duke's four children to walk alongside coffin at funeral

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16th April, 2021 11:42:31 printer

Prince Philip: Duke's four children to walk alongside coffin at funeral

The Duke of Edinburgh's four children will walk alongside his coffin at his funeral on Saturday.

Princes Charles, Andrew, Edward and Princess Anne, as well as grandsons Princes William and Harry, will follow a Land Rover hearse in a procession to St George's Chapel, Windsor.

The guest list for the service includes 30 people, with three German relatives.

Those attending will wear morning coats with medals, or day dress, but not military uniform.

The congregation will put on masks and socially distance in line with Covid lockdown rules, with the Queen seated alone.

The details of Prince Philip's ceremonial royal funeral at the chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle at 15:00 BST were released by Buckingham Palace.

A Palace spokesman said the plans have been modified to take into account current public health guidelines, but the ceremonial aspects of the day and the service remain in line with the duke's wishes.

He said the service will be a reflection of Prince Philip's military affiliations and personal elements of his life.

The other guests include the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, all of the duke's grandchildren and their spouses, the children of the Queen's sister Princess Margaret, and Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

The Countess Mountbatten of Burma, previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, who was Philip's carriage driving partner and one of his closest friends will also be in attendance.

The 67-year-old countess is the wife of Earl Mountbatten, Norton Knatchbull - the grandson of Prince Philip's uncle the 1st Earl Mountbatten, who was killed by the IRA in 1979.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen faced "some very difficult" decisions in selecting the guests permitted under Covid rules, from original plans for a 800-strong congregation, adding she wanted all branches of her husband's family to be represented.

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April aged 99. His body is now resting in the private chapel at the castle.

On the day of the funeral, the coffin will be moved to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle. It will be placed on the modified Jaguar Land Rover, that the duke himself helped design, to be carried the short distance to St George's Chapel.

The procession to the chapel will be headed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, followed by the Household Division and military service chiefs.

Members of the Royal Family will walk behind the coffin. Princess Anne and Prince Charles will walk in the front row, followed by Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.

In the third row, the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex will be either side of their cousin Peter Philips.

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Earl of Snowdon will be in the next row, trailed by members of the duke's household staff.

The Queen will travel with a lady-in-waiting in the state Bentley at the end of the procession, and enter the chapel by a side door.

The duke's association with the Royal Navy will be reflected at the service, with buglers of the Royal Marines sounding Action Stations - a signal that all hands should be ready for battle - during the service.

A reduced choir of four singers will feature but the congregation will follow Covid rules and not sing.

The full order of service, which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor, will be released on Friday evening.


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