Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17

Diplomatic Correspondent

13 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The ceremonial royal funeral of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, who died on Friday aged 99, will be held at St George's Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle Windso, at 3pm UK time on April 17 (Saturday).

The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at three o’clock across the UK, and will be Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the form of funeral that was held for Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in 2002.

According to the British High Commission in Dhaka on Monday (April 12), the UK has now entered a period of national mourning that will last until 8am on Sunday 18 April. Flags will be flown at half-mast across UK Government buildings during this time.

Given the current public health situation, physical Books of Condolence will not be available for the public to sign at the British High Commission in Dhaka.

Members of the public wishing to express their

condolences are welcome to send a message to the Royal Family via the online Book of Condolence on this website: www.royal.uk/books-condolence

The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Robert Chatterton Dickson, said: “As the Prime Minister has said, we are a nation united in both grief and gratitude. Grief at Prince Philip’s passing, and gratitude for his lifetime of dedicated service to our country. Whether as a naval hero, as the creator of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, or as Her Majesty’s loyal consort; his legacy is felt by millions at home, across the Commonwealth, and around the world.

I am grateful to The Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and to the people of Bangladesh for your kind messages of support and condolence at this time. The ties between our countries are wide and deep, and we will continue to work with Bangladesh in the spirit of steadfast friendship embodied by His Royal Highness.”

The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh's own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.

It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral – something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice.


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