It is a gloomy day for the British royal family, Britons and followers around the world as Prince Philip will be rested at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in just a few hours.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 73 years, died on 9 April. He was 99.
The ceremonial royal funeral is expected to be a low-key broadcast to Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in British history. The ceremony, codenamed Operation Forth Bridge, was limited to 30 participants, but the service is one in which the Duke of Edinburgh had a large participation in the planning before his death.
The Queen is joined by the four children she shared with Prince Philip ̵
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In addition, each of Philip’s eight grandchildren – including Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise and James, Count Severn – will also attend the funeral.
Prince Williams’ wife, Kate Middleton; Zara Tindall’s husband, Mike Tindall; Princess Eugenie’s husband, Jack Brooksbank, and Princess Beatrice’s husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, will also join their royal spouses at the family event.
- The ceremonial royal funeral was limited to 30 guests due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
- Members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and British Army plan to attend the funeral procession
- Philip’s coffin will be transported to St. George’s Chapel on a specially adapted Land Rover, which he designed himself
- Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, who is currently pregnant, was advised by her doctor not to attend the event.
All funeral attendants will be required to wear face masks while inside St. George’s Chapel, while those participating in the funeral process do not receive masks until they have entered the chapel.
Members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and British Army plan to attend the funeral procession. Philip’s coffin will be transported to St. George’s Chapel on a specially adapted Land Rover, which he himself designed.
It was previously revealed that Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, 39, will not be present. The Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, was advised by her doctor not to attend. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex settled in Santa Barbara, California, last year, months after the couple announced their decision to resign as senior members of the royal family.
Harry will not be accompanying his brother Prince William, 38, to the funeral. However, the two, along with family members, will walk behind their grandfather’s coffin with their cousin Peter Philips, who enters between the brothers.
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