The armed forces have gathered at the quadrangle of Windsor Castle.
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LONDON – The funeral of Prince Philip takes place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle at 3pm BST (6pm in UAE) on Saturday (April 17).
The Duke of Edinburgh’s “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen, service to the nation and “courage”, was celebrated at his funeral.
Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on April 9. He was 99.
Only 30 mourners attended the funeral due to Covid-19 restriction, including Prince Philip’s children and grandchildren.
Prince Philip’s coffin wascarried by a modified Land Rover that he designed starting in 2003.
At 2:40pm (BST), the coffin emerged from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle into the Quadrangle, followed by the members of the royal family who walked in the procession. All those in the quadrangle gave the coffin a royal salute before the coffin was placed onto the Land Rover.
The Queen left the Sovereign’s Entrance in the State Bentley.
The procession moved towards St. George’s Chapel, through Engine Court, Chapel Hill Parade Ground and into Horseshoe Cloister, arriving at the West Steps. The procession route was lined by representatives from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, and 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.
Minute Guns were fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn of Windsor Castle for the duration of the procession. The Curfew Tower Bell also tolled.
The members of the royal family who followed the hearse on foot were:
The Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales
The Earl of Wessex and Forfar and The Duke of York
The Duke of Sussex, Mr. Peter Phillips, and The Duke of Cambridge
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and The Earl of Snowdon
The national anthem played as the coffin arrived at Horseshoe Cloister, met by representatives from the Commonwealth and a Dismounted Detachment of the Household Cavalry.
The Bearer Party carried the coffin up the West Steps of the Chapel before pausing for a National Minute Silence at 3pm. The Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury received the coffin.
As the doors to St. George’s Chapel close, the Royal Navy Piping Party played the pipe to the tune of ‘Carry On’.
The following members of the royal family attending the funeral service in the chapel:
The Duchess of Cornwall
The Countess of Wessex and Forfar
The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor
The Duchess of Cambridge
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Tindall
Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank
Mr. Jack Brooksbank
The Lady Sarah and Mr. Daniel Chatto
The Duke of Gloucester
The Duke of Kent
Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
The Hereditary Prince of Baden The Landgrave of Hesse The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
The Countess Mountbatten of Burma
The congregation wore masks for the service and members of the royal family wore day dress.
During the service, a small choir of four sang pieces of music chosen by The Duke of Edinburgh.
The choir is located in the Nave, away from the seated congregation, and in line with public health guidelines there will be no congregational singing.
The funeral service is being conducted by the Dean of Windsor, and is expected to last for approximately 50 minutes.
At the conclusion of the service, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault. The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing and the National Anthem will be sung by the Choir.
The Queen, members of the royal family and The Duke of Edinburgh’s family will then depart the Chapel via Galilee Porch. LHC/Expat Media
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