London (NCS) — In conserving together with his no-fuss, no-nonsense lifestyle, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral Saturday will be a muted affair by royal requirements however will showcase his army roots and affect on the British monarchy.
The ceremony will happen in St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle at 3:00 p.m. (10 a.m. ET). Many will keep in mind it as the setting of extra jubilant royal moments, like the 2018 weddings of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank.
But in contrast to these occasions, there will be no crowds. Like many different events this previous yr, Philip’s funeral has been closely tailored due to coronavirus — with all public parts eliminated.
How the day will unfold
At the Queen’s coronation, Philip vowed “to become your liegeman of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks.” And by his sturdy devotion as the longest-serving consort, he did simply that.
He by no means wished a state funeral — normally reserved for monarchs — and made that clear to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, which has organized the occasion. It will, as a substitute, be a stage beneath — a royal ceremonial — as was granted to the Queen Mother in 2002 and Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. But it will nonetheless be a remembrance steeped in custom and symbolism, from the second the coffin leaves the state entrance of Windsor Castle and is processed by the grounds to St. George’s.
Philip’s coffin has been mendacity in the personal chapel at Windsor Castle. On Saturday morning, it will be moved to the Inner Hall, the place the Dean of Windsor will say a prayer over it earlier than the day’s occasions start.
At 2:41 p.m. (9:41 a.m. ET), the coffin — lined by the duke’s private customary — will be introduced by bearers from The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards to the state entrance. His sword and naval cap will be positioned on prime, together with a wreath of flowers.
At 2:45 p.m. (9:45 a.m. ET), the procession will go away the quadrangle, led by the Band of the Grenadier Guards regiment — of which Philip was colonel for 42 years.
The coffin will be carried the quick distance to the chapel on a modified Land Rover — which Philip helped design — and flanked by pall bearers highlighting his relationships with the Royal Marines, Regiments, Corps and Air Stations. Philip, a struggle hero embellished for his service in World War II, gave up a flourishing naval profession to dedicate himself to his royal duties.
Military rehearsals for these concerned in the ceremonial procession had been held in Pirbright, a military coaching heart southwest of London, all week. A separate full gown rehearsal — which incorporates all service bands and the full funeral parade — happened at Windsor Castle on Thursday.
Prince Charles and different members of the royal household will path the Land Rover on foot, whereas workers from Philip’s family deliver up the rear. William and Harry will stroll in the similar row, however separated by first cousin Peter Philips. The brothers would normally stroll shoulder to shoulder, however Buckingham Palace wouldn’t be drawn on how household tensions had been being dissipated.
The Queen, accompanied by a lady-in-waiting, will journey to the chapel in a state Bentley.
Family members who are usually not concerned in the procession, akin to the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge, will be a part of the 94-year-old monarch to look at the funeral parade exterior the chapel’s Galilee porch. This additionally consists of the Duke’s German kinfolk who will be in attendance, together with his nice nephews, the Hereditary Prince of Baden and the Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
The choice to forgo army gown will additionally save Prince Harry embarrassment, since he was stripped of his honorary army titles final March after stepping again as a senior royal.
At 2:53 p.m. (9:53 a.m. ET), the procession will come to an finish at the foot of the West Steps of St. George’s Chapel.
At 3:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. ET), a nationwide minute of silence will be held earlier than the coffin continues up the steps and is met by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury at the prime. The archbishop will lead the service. Due to the Covid congregation limits, solely the members of the family concerned in the funeral parade will enter the chapel after the coffin.
In conserving with public well being guidelines, the congregation will put on masks throughout the 50-minute service.
A four-person choir — seated away from mourners in the nave — will sing a collection of music picked by the duke.
Full particulars of the service are anticipated Friday night.
The Dean will give the commendation as the coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the place many members of the royal household have been laid to relaxation. The vault, set beneath the chapel, was constructed by George III, who’s one in every of a number of kings buried inside.
However, it will not be Philip’s closing resting place. When the Queen dies, he will be reunited together with his spouse of 73 years and transferred to the King George VI memorial chapel (one other a part of the gothic church) to lie subsequent to her. Buried in the vault already are the Queen’s father, her mom Elizabeth and sister Margaret.
Windsor Castle has seen lots of historical past and Saturday will be no completely different.
Philip was at occasions a controversial determine, however the legacy that will be celebrated Saturday is his ardour for innovation, from his drive to permit cameras into the royal family to indicate the household does regular issues akin to host barbecues, to his willpower to launch an official household web site to disseminate its work to the wider world, to founding the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme to encourage younger individuals to appreciate their potential.
When he turned consort, he did not have an outlined function so he outlined it himself. He used his profile to champion points he cared about. His place in British historical past is assured for what he did quite than who he was. He will be remembered as a person who not solely supported, but in addition suggested, one in every of the most profitable monarchs in British historical past.
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Prince Charles and his spouse, Camilla, went on a walkabout Thursday to view the numerous floral tributes left by members of the public for the Duke of Edinburgh. The flowers, playing cards and different presents had initially been left exterior Buckingham Palace however had been moved over the highway to Marlborough House. The Queen can be anticipated to view them.
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FROM THE ROYAL VAULT
Tributes have flooded in from all corners of the globe since Buckingham Palace introduced Philip’s loss of life final Friday. On Wednesday, the household opted to make use of their social media accounts to share fond recollections of their beloved patriarch. The pictures from the royal household’s personal private archives — a few of which had been beforehand unseen — showcased the cherished household elder with an “infectious sense of adventure,” as William has described him.
The household posted this heartwarming picture of Philip and the Queen surrounded by seven of their great-grandchildren. The snap was taken at Balmoral Castle in Scotland by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in 2018.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Flags throughout the United Kingdom have been lowered to half-staff throughout the mourning interval. But not each flag.
One flag can not: the one flying over Windsor Castle proper now. Why not? Because it’s the Royal Standard. It belongs to the monarch and reveals when she is “in residence.”
A WORD FROM THE ROYALS
The earl mirrored on his father in a touching tribute Thursday, describing Philip as having a “unique ability to make a lasting impression in a remarkably short time.”
HEADS UP ROYAL NEWS READERS
We’ll be placing out an additional version of the publication this weekend following Prince Philip’s funeral. We need to be readily available to stroll you thru essential moments for the household, and the service comes with lots of ceremonial features. But don’t fret, we do not need to overload your inbox with pointless mail and will return to our common Friday sends subsequent week.
— Max & Lauren