Prince Philip funeral: When will the Duke of Edinburgh be laid to rest and will he have a state funeral?

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The UK is mourning the loss of Prince Philip who has sadly died at the age of 99.

As the country mourns The Duke of Edinburgh, thoughts will soon turn to what happens next.

His ceremonial royal funeral and burial are expected to take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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Buckingham Palace will confirm the arrangements for the duke’s funeral in the next day or so.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Broadlands. - PAQueen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Broadlands. - PA
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Broadlands. - PA

Will the Queen address the nation?

The Queen may record a televised speech in tribute to her husband, just as she did for the Queen Mother in 2002, but it will depend on how she is feeling.

The rest of Philip’s family are likely to release their own statements about the royal patriarch.

The royal family’s website and social media channels will also honour the duke.

Will Prince Philip have a state funeral?

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The duke’s funeral will not be a state funeral; instead it is set to be a ceremonial royal funeral.

This is in keeping with protocol. The Queen Mother was also given a ceremonial royal funeral.

The duke’s funeral is expected to take place at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel eight days after his death.

Philip’s children and older grandchildren were likely to have walked behind the coffin, similar to the processions for the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Queen Mother.

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It is not known at this time when his funeral will take place.

How many people can attend the funeral?

The televised funeral service – for which the order of service is already set – was originally planned for 800 guests, but will now have to take into account the strict limit on numbers during the pandemic.

At present, only 30 guests are allowed to attend a funeral in England.

The Queen will have to decide which family members to invite.

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In the coming days, Buckingham Palace aides will confirm the finalised plans, with how they should be handled during the worst public health crisis for a generation at the forefront of their minds.

Will there be a memorial service?

In accordance with Philip’s wishes, there will be no official memorial service.

This might change, however, because of the scaled-back funeral – but only with the Queen’s agreement.

Where will Prince Philip be buried?

The duke is expected to be buried in the Royal Vault in St George’s Chapel on the same day as the funeral.

This interment service will be private, attended by the Queen and senior members of the royal family.

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