- The royal family invited Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, to Windsor Castle today.
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away on April 9 at the age of 99 in Windsor Castle.
- Due to the pandemic, only 30 guests from the close family circle will attend the funeral.
In addition to the four children of the royal couple and their partners, all grandchildren are also involved. Prince Harry arrived from the United States without his wife Megan.
There is speculation as to why the Queen decided not to wear a uniform at the funeral – Harry was the only king in civilian clothes because he has since given up his military titles.
Even the second eldest son, Prince Andrew, would likely cause reactions in an Admiral’s costume. He had refused this honorary military title after allegations in the Epstein abuse scandal.
Funeral service in the family circle
Three German nobles, who are connected to the prince’s consort through the Phillips sisters, will also attend. For security reasons, Prince Bernard von Baden, Prince Philip zu Hohenloh-Langenberg and Prince Heinrich Donatus von Hessen have been sacked since Sunday, according to British media reported.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Church of England Justin Welby, will co-chair the funeral with the Dean of Windsor. The widowed Queen Elizabeth II will sit alone on duty at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Plus, instead of the guests, a four-part chorus should only sing. Background music is performed by representatives of the Royal Navy and Marine Corps.
Funeral ceremonies and royal funeral processions will be held entirely behind the walls of the royal residence. Behind the walls of Windsor Castle, Prince Philip’s coffin, adorned with his personal flag, is said to have driven a little in a Jaguar Land Rover that Prince Philip helped design during his lifetime.
The procession will be accompanied by musicians from the Royal Navy and the Navy, and the Duke of Edinburgh will be honored for the last time, accompanied by his children and grandchildren.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waived the memorial service to allow a family member to attend. At 4 pm CET, there was a nationwide minute of silence in honor of the deceased.
This is how the mourning ceremony for Prince Philip works
3:20 p.m.: Mourners not participating in the procession arrive behind the coffin at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. They include the wives of the heir to the throne Prince Charles, his son Prince William, Duchess Camilla and Duchess Kate.
3:27 pm: The Horse, a Land Rover designed by Philip himself, drives it.
3:38 pm: The coffin was raised by members of the Grenadier Guard, one of the Queen’s Body Regiment.
3:41 p.m.: The coffin is removed from the castle, followed by the participants in the funeral procession, including Prince Charles and his two sons Prince William and Prince Harry. The coffin was raised on a Land Rover.
3.44 pm: Queen Elizabeth II leaves the castle and gets into her government limousine, which then follows the funeral procession. Sounds of the National Anthem.
3:45 p.m .: The funeral march begins. It lasts eight minutes, and the salute is fired with guns every minute.
3:53 pm: The coffin arrives at the Horseshoe Monastery, and the national anthem is played.
4 pm: The bearers of the coffin stopped for a moment of national silence at the church gate.
4:01 pm: The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor greet the sarcophagus, mourners take their place. Due to Corona regulations, you must wear masks and keep your distance, the Queen will sit alone. Service takes 50 minutes. Finally Philip was buried in the royal tomb.