Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99, was involved in his funeral plans before he passed away, though the arrangements have been modified due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Duke of Edinburgh will be laid to rest in a royal ceremonial funeral at St George’s Chapel, with just 30 family members in attendance.
Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 last week.
Queen Elizabeth was in charge of the guest list, and reportedly had to make “difficult decisions” due to the pandemic. While the focus of the day is about honoring Prince Philip, the funeral will also mark a big family reunion, as Prince Harry will finally reunite with the royals for the first time in over a year.
The attendees will follow social distancing protocols, and all guests will wear a mask once inside St. George’s Chapel. The Queen is expected to sit alone, due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Queen will, of course, be there, as will all four of her and Philip’s children and their partners: Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence; Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; and Prince Andrew.
There have been countless tributes to the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Lady Sarah Chatto, David Chatto, the Earl of Snowden, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra are also on the guest list, as well as Prince Philip’s cousins: The Hereditary Prince of Baden, the Landgrave of Hesse, the Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and the Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
Prince Harry and Prince William will not be walking side by side during the procession.
The Palace also revealed the royals (and the order they’ll be in) who will be following the coffin in the procession; first will be Prince Charles and Princess Anne side-by-side, followed by Prince Edward and Prince Andrew. Prince William and Prince Harry will follow behind them, but the brothers (who have had a rather tense relationship as of late) won’t be walking next to each other; Peter Phillips will be in between the two. The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex when then be followed by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Earl of Snowden. Finally, a number of Prince Philip’s close household staff will bring up the rear of the group. The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be carried in a Land Rover that he specially designed prior to his death.
There was some controversy over the dress code, as it’s customary that family members who hold military rank titles (that currently includes Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince William) wear their uniforms to state occasions. That group no longer includes Prince Andrew, who gave up his royal roles amid the controversy over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, or Prince Harry, as the Duke of Sussex was recently stripped of his honorary military titles after stepping down as a senior royal.
Royals with military rank typically wear their uniforms to state occasions. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
The Queen didn’t want to embarrass her son or grandson, according to ITV, and the Palace subsequently revealed that the official event attire is mourning dress, which means no family members will be in military uniform.
The funeral will begin at 2:40 pm at Windsor Castle in the U.K. on Saturday; the service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor. According to Buckingham Palace, the service will last around 50 minutes, after which Prince Philip’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault. The funeral will be broadcast live; in the U.K. it’ll be on a number of networks including BBC, Sky and ITN, but those across the pond will also be able to follow along, as U.S. channels will also be airing live coverage (starting at 9:00 am) on networks including CNN and NBC.
In several of the pictures, we got to see the outside of the White House looking festive and decked out with giant cutouts of Easter eggs, colorful bunny rabbits and yellow chicks adorning the staircases.
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