The late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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LONDON – Prince Philip’s funeral will be on Saturday (April 17), Buckingham Palace announced.
The royal ceremonial funeral will be held at Windsor Castle, with only 30 people in attendance. There will be no public processions.
There will be a national minute of silence at 3pm (14000GMT).
The public will not be allowed to attend the funeral as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid-19, but the funeral will be televised.
“While this is naturally a time of sadness and mourning for the royal family and the many others who knew or admired the Duke of Edinburgh, it is hoped that the coming days will also be seen as an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable life – remarkable both in terms of his vast contribution and lasting legacy,” a royal spokesman said.
Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died on Friday (April 9). He was 99.
Prince Harry is expected to attend the funeral. His pregnant wife, Meghan, has been advised by her doctor to avoid traveling.
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.
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.
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