Prince Philip funeral plans: Date, venue, guests – everything Palace has revealed

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PRINCE PHILIP has died, aged 99, but what is known about the plans for his funeral?

Prince Philip, 99, died on  April 9 after spending more than 70 years by the Queen’s side.

Buckingham Palace announced his death in a statement which reads: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

Buckingham Palace added: “The Royal Family joins with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

What is known about the plans for Prince Philip’s funeral?

CNN anchor and royal correspondent Max Foster said Prince Philip was “intimately involved” with his own funeral plans.

Speaking on CNN, Mr Foster said: “They can’t have the processions through London.

“They can’t have floral memorials, because they don’t want to encourage crowds.

“So what I think will happen — what I assume will happen at this point — is the body will be kept at Windsor Castle.

“Staff and family will be able to pay their respects over the next few days and then they’ll try to come up with some sort of Covid-ready plan for a funeral, which will take place at Windsor Castle.”

Prince Philip funeral plans: Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip funeral plans: Many royal insiders believe the funeral will be affected by the Covid pandemic (Image: GETTY)

Date

Prince Philip’s funeral is expected to take place in 10 days’ time.

The date has not yet been confirmed but traditionally Royal Family funerals tend to take place 10 days after the person died.

However, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, is it not known if it will be possible to keep to this timeline.

Buckingham Palace said further announcements, likely including the date of the funeral will be shared “in due course”.

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Prince Philip funeral plans: Prince Philip’s funeral is expected to take place in 10 days’ time (Image: GETTY)

Venue

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral is expected to be held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

However, the traditional lying in state where thousands of members of the public typically travel to view his coffin, will not take place this year due to Covid.

The coffin is expected to then be transported to the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London to be laid to rest.

Arrangements are expected to be made to allow the public and others to sign a digital book of condolences.

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Prince Philip funeral plans: The funeral will be held at St Georges’ Chapel (Image: GETTY)

Guests

Before the pandemic, an estimated 800 mourners were expected to be invited to the funeral, according to the arrangements which were in place under the codename Operation Forth Bridge.

Thousands of people were also expected to flock to London and Windsor to pay tribute.

Hundreds of members of the armed forces would have been called on to line the streets in honour of Prince Philip.

The funeral is expected to include a significant military component, with the number of armed forces much lower than originally planned.

Under current national lockdown restrictions, funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 guests, with 15 people allowed to attend wakes.

Lockdown rules are due to change on Monday, April 12, but the rules around funerals will not alter.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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