The late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


Britain’s Prince Philip dies: What will happen next?


LONDON – Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died on Friday (April 9), Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99.

Prince Philip “passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle”, according to the palace.

Prince Philip, Britain’s longest-serving royal consort, is survived by the queen and their four children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — as well as eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

What will happen next?

Prince Philip’s body is expected to lie in St James’s Palace. No public viewings are expected. Seven days after the death, Prince Philip’s coffin will then be moved to the Queen’s Chapel, also at St James’s Palace.

What will happen to the Queen?

Queen Elizabeth II will enter a mourning period. All public appearances are cancelled for an eight-day mourning period. No laws would be made during this period.

There would be a further 30 days of mourning, after which the Queen is expected to return to public duties.

What happens during the mourning period?

Flags will fly at half-mast around the country, while TV and radio reports are expected to go to standard programming. Members of Parliament in the UK are expected to wear black arm bands on their left arms.

What will happen during Prince Philip’s funeral?

The funeral is set for April 17. Typically, members of the royal family would lie in state at the Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament, but Prince Philip reportedly wanted a “no fuss” funeral.

His children, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, together with their families, will hold a vigil ahead of the funeral service.

The coffin will make a short procession from the Queen’s Chapel up Pall Mall, past Buckingham Palace, up Constitution Hill and to Wellington Arch. From here, it will be taken to road to Windsor Castle.

There will be a service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Where will Prince Philip be buried?

Prince Philip is expected to be buried at the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore Gardens, a cemetery typically used for members of the royal family.

Who was Prince Philip?

Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921 in Corfu, Greece. He was the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. His uncle was Greek King Constantine I.

Prince Philip was sent to the United Kingdom for schooling and he attended the Gordonstoun School in Scotland.

At the age of 18, Prince Philip joined the British Navy, where he rose the ranks to become Commander. Prince Philip’s active Navy career finished in July 1951.

On July 10, 1947, Prince Philip and Elizabeth announced their engagement. they married on November 20 that year, and Prince Philip was given the title of Duke of Edinburgh.

The couple welcomed their first child, Prince Charles on November 14, 1948, followed by only daughter Princess Anne on August 15, 1950.

Prince Philip enjoyed playing polo and had a passion for flying. He also supported more than 780 patronages and loved writing books, including Driving and Judging Dressage.

The duke became a great-grandparent with the births of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie, Mina Tindall, Lena Tindall, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips.

He officially retired from royal duties at the age of 96, after completing more than 22,000 solo royal engagements. ICA/Expat Media

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