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What will happen when Prince Philip dies?

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The royal couple received a warm welcome from board members upon their arrival on Sunday afternoon
The royal couple received a warm welcome from board members upon their arrival on Sunday afternoon

What will happen when Prince Philip dies? Royal protocol explained

The Duke of Edinburgh could be seen shaking hands with officials on the Smith's Lawn while the Queen looked on
The Duke of Edinburgh could be seen shaking hands with officials on the Smith’s Lawn while the Queen looked on

Prince Philip is the longest-serving consort of a British monarch and is preparing to finally retire later this year. But what will happen when Prince Philip dies?

The Duke of Edinburgh has enjoyed good health into his old age and has stood steadfastly by the Queen’s side ever since she took the throne in 1952.

Prince Harry pictured with some of the Royal Family in 2013. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George seated next to Queen Elizabeth II
Prince Harry pictured with some of the Royal Family in 2013. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George seated next to Queen Elizabeth II

Britons were reminded of the mortality of the beloved 96-year-old royal when he was taken to hospital for an “infection arising from a pre-existing condition”.

The Duke was discharged today after spending two nights in hospital.

Phillip appeared to be feeling well as he waved to crowds after stepping from his Land Rover accompanied by the Queen
Phillip appeared to be feeling well as he waved to crowds after stepping from his Land Rover accompanied by the Queen

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot.

“The Prince of Wales will accompany the Queen to the State Opening. Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon.”

As Prince Philip prepares to carry out his final public engagements in August, here is a look at how the nation will one day have to cope with coming to terms with his death.

The Queen, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Princess Beatrice are seen entering the Parade Ring ahead of the Gold Cup
The Queen, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Princess Beatrice are seen entering the Parade Ring ahead of the Gold Cup

What will happen when Prince Philip dies?
Britain will enter a period of mourning when the Duke of Edinburgh eventually dies and leaves his beloved wife behind.

In the event of the his death, Buckingham Palace will inform the BBC and they will be the first to break the news.

Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot
Buckingham Palace spokesperson
If Philip dies overnight then the announcement will likely come at 8am the next morning.

Detailed arrangements have been made for when the Queen dies, but what happens when Prince Philip dies is less clear.

Flags across the country will be lowered to half-mast as the Queen enters a period of mourning – believed to last eight days – for her husband.

But the Royal Standard flag, above Buckingham Palace, will not be lowered because it represents the monarchy, which is continuous.

The news comes as it emerged Harry wanted to quit being a royal but stayed for the Queen
The news comes as it emerged Harry wanted to quit being a royal but stayed for the Queen

During Queen Elizabeth II’s days of mourning, no laws will be given the Royal Assent and the affairs of the state will be suspended.

The Queen will take time to mourn privately before returning to public duties.

The Queen’s consort is entitled to a state funeral, but the Duke has previously stated he does not want the “fuss”.

The Queen was showing no signs of fatigue after a hectic day which saw her preside over the State Opening of Parliament before dashing back for Ascot
The Queen was showing no signs of fatigue after a hectic day which saw her preside over the State Opening of Parliament before dashing back for Ascot

Philip could instead opt for a military style funeral at St George’s Chapel. He will be buried in Frogmore Gardens in the grounds of Windsor Castle, according to the Independent.

Most other British monarchs who lie in Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel. But Queen Victoria and Price Albert are both buried in a mausoleum in Frogmore Gardens.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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