Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away on April 9 at the age of 99 years old. Prince Philip’s Funeral funeral would have been meticulously planned for decades, using the code name “Operation Forth Bridge” — a nod to his status as the Duke of Edinburgh, where the landmark rail crossing is located.
But, due to COVID-19, his memorial will be adjusted to adhere to health and safety protocols, just like many major events over the past year.
Prince Philip’s funeral will be a ceremonial royal funeral, in line with his personal wishes. It will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor at 3 pm on Saturday 17 April.
Members of the public will not be allowed to attend. Still, a national minute’s silence will be held at 3pm before the funeral begins.
The royal family has asked that members of the public do not visit the place on the day. But they can watch the funeral as it will be broadcast on the BBC.
On the day of the funeral, at around 2:40 p.m in the U.K. (9:40 a.m. ET) Philip’s coffin will be moved in a small ceremonial procession from the state entrance to the castle to the chapel.
“The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard and dressed with a wreath of flowers, is resting in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle, where it will remain until the day of the Funeral,” Buckingham Palace’s statement read.
Members of the Royal Family will follow the procession on foot and Prince Charles is expected to lead.
Prince Philip’s coffin will be transported in a ceremonial procession to his funeral on a Land Rover he helped to design.
After the funeral service, Prince Philip’s coffin will be interred in the chapel’s royal vault. It’s understood his body will be moved after the Queen dies to bury the loving couple together.