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CEREMONIAL ROYAL FUNERAL FOR PRINCE PHILIP ON SATURDAY

Local News 16 Apr, 2021 Follow News

CEREMONIAL ROYAL FUNERAL FOR PRINCE PHILIP ON SATURDAY

Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will be laid to rest on Saturday April 17th in a ceremonial royal funeral.

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II passed away last Friday April 9th aged 99.

He would have celebrated his 100th birthday in June.

The UK has been in a period of mourning since then with tributes pouring in from around the nation - including the Overseas Territories and Crown Colonies - and the world.

Prince Philip will have a ceremonial funeral, rather than a state funeral.

According to the BBC, coronavirus restrictions on crowds and numbers attending funerals mean the duke's ceremonial funeral will be much lower key than if it had happened in other times.

The Palace says this very much "reflects the duke's wishes" and it will still "celebrate and reflect" a life of service.

For Saturday’s funeral, the coffin draped with the duke's standard, with a wreath and his naval cap and sword, will be moved from the private chapel to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle.

It will be placed on a modified Land Rover, that the duke himself helped design, to be carried the short distance to St George's Chapel.

The duke's insignia - medals and decorations awarded to him by the UK and Commonwealth countries - his field marshal's baton, Royal Air Force wings and insignia from Denmark and Greece will be displayed on cushions on the altar in St George's Chapel.

After the service, the duke will be interred in the royal vault.

Prince Philip and the Queen had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Their first son, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, was born in 1948, followed by his sister, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in 1950, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, in 1960 and the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in 1964.

Prince Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu on 10 June 1921.

His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, a younger son of King George I of the Hellenes.

His mother, Princess Alice, was a daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

The official notice of his passing stated: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband."

It confirmed Prince Philip passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle and that “the Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second was said to be deeply saddened by the passing of her husband of over 70 years.

They were married in 1957.

 

(Additional content sourced from the BBC)


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