When is Prince Philip's funeral? Time of ceremonial royal funeral, will it be on TV - and plans for the day

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel on Saturday (Shutterstock)The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel on Saturday (Shutterstock)
The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel on Saturday (Shutterstock)
Prince Harry will fly over from the US to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s service, but pregnant Meghan Markle will stay at home on doctors’ advice

The Duke of Edinburgh’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place later today (17 April).

Prince Philip died on Friday 9 April, aged 99, at Windsor Castle.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The duke, who will lie at rest in the private chapel at the castle before the funeral, is said to have asked for minimal fuss at his service.

The plans are in line with his own personal wishes, the Palace has said, and the occasion will “recognise and celebrate” his life and more than seven decades of service to the Queen.

So, what are the plans for his funeral?

Here is everything you need to know.

When is Prince Philip’s funeral?

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel, on Saturday 17 April.

It will start at 3pm, and a national minute’s silence will be held then to commemorate the duke.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

On the day of the funeral, the period of national mourning will end.

The event will be televised.

Read More
Do we get a bank holiday for Prince Philip’s funeral? Rules on extra days off wo...

What are the funeral arrangements?

The service will be a ceremonial royal funeral, instead of a state funeral which is typically reserved for monarchs.

The Queen Mother, who died on 30 March 2002, also received this type of funeral, as well as Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997.

Philip’s funeral will also be much more understated due to coronavirus restrictions on crowds and numbers attending services.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

His coffin, in the private chapel at Windsor Castle, is draped in his personal flag - his standard - representing elements of his life, from his Greek heritage to Edinburgh Castle.

And his naval cap and sword will also be laid on the coffin.

On the day of the funeral, the coffin will then be moved from the private chapel to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle.

It will be carried on a purpose-built Land Rover which the duke was involved in designing, to St George’s Chapel.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The car will be flanked by military pallbearers, including the Royal Marines and other regiments associated with the duke, in a small ceremonial procession led by the band of the Grenadier Guards.

The route will be lined by personnel from the navy and the marines, as well as The Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

Guns will then be fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, as a bell tolls in the Curfew Tower.

The coffin will be carried up the chapel steps when the Land Rover arrives, and will be met by the Dean of Windsor and Archbishop of Canterbury for the service.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Which family members will attend the funeral?

Members of the Royal Family will walk behind the coffin before the service takes place, including the Prince of Wales, although the Queen will travel separately to the chapel.

Only the family members, and the duke’s private secretary, will enter the chapel and the rest of the procession will remain outside while the minute’s silence is held.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is expected to lead the duke’s funeral.

After the service ends, the coffin will be interred in the royal vault within St George’s Chapel.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Current Covid restrictions mean only 30 people are allowed to attend funerals at a social distance.

The full details of the invited guests and family members are yet to be announced, but both Prince William and Harry are due to attend the funeral.

The Duke of Sussex will fly over from the US for the service, but his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle, will remain at home on the advice of her doctors.

Earlier arrangements for the days after the duke’s death, codenamed Forth Bridge, meant thousands of people would have gathered in London and Windsor on the day of the funeral.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Hundreds of members of the armed forces would also have lined the streets, along with thousands of police officers to control crowds.

But organisers have been working on coronavirus contingency plans which would stop the funeral attracting mass gatherings.