At the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will be attended by 30 people. This is stated in a statement on the website of Buckingham Palace, published on April 15.
The number of participants in the funeral was limited because of the coronavirus pandemic. Prince William and his wife and Prince Harry, who had flown to Britain from the United States, will bid farewell to their grandfather. His wife Meghan Markle did not come with him because of her pregnancy.
Also at the funeral will be Prince Charles of Wales with Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, Princess Anne with Sir Timothy Lawrence, Duke Andrew of York, Earl Edward of Wessex with Sophie Rhys-Jones.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be a “ceremonial royal funeral,” just like the funeral of the Queen Mother. It will not be a “state ceremony,” as monarchs are supposed to do. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the funeral service and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the benediction.
“The funeral will be broadcast live on television and radio so that people from around the world can take part in mourning the Duke,” the report specifies.
The procession will start on April 17 at 14:45 at the main gate of the castle and will end eight minutes later at St. George’s Chapel. A minute of silence will be held in memory of Prince Philip.
British Princes William and his younger brother Harry will be separated during the funeral procession by their cousin Peter Phillips as they follow the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin.
Britain’s Prince Philip will be buried in the grounds of St. George’s Chapel in the lower courtyard of Windsor Castle in a lead-lined English oak casket. The coffins for the prince and his wife were made more than 30 years ago and are held at Leverton & Sons Funeral Home.
Prince Philip passed away on April 9 two months before his 100th birthday. He and Queen Elizabeth II had been married for 73 years.