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Prince Philip: What Time Is The Funeral And Will It Be Live-Streamed?

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Prince Philip: What Time Is The Funeral And Will It Be Live-Streamed?

Prince Philip's funeral will take place this weekend and will be televised to mark the Duke's "vast contribution and lasting legacy".

In a sad state of affairs, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth's longtime husband passed away on April 9 aged 99.

Though we are used to plenty of pomp and ceremony when it comes to the royals, the funeral is set to be a much quieter affair and will be one like no other.

Under ordinary circumstances, the Prince's funeral would have included thousands of in-person visitors and mourners, but the coronavirus outbreak is causing most people to watch the ceremony from home.

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Prince Philip, 1921-2021. Credit: PA
Prince Philip, 1921-2021. Credit: PA

In part, this is down to Prince Philip's own wishes, but also as an attempt to prevent crowds gathering because of the ongoing pandemic.

The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin will be carried through the grounds of Windsor Castle in a modified Land Rover that he designed for the occasion himself.

Royals will adhere to strict coronavirus guidelines by wearing masks throughout the ceremony and maintaining social distancing.

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Only 30 mourners, expected to include the Queen, the Duke's children, grandchildren and his private secretary, will attend.

Here's what we know so far ahead of this weekend's funeral...

When is Prince Philip's funeral taking place?

The ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor, is set to take place on Saturday, April 17 at 3pm, in a royal funeral unlike any other.

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When Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, died in 2002, she was given the honour of a three-day lying in state in Westminster Hall.

More than 200,000 people filed past her coffin during the public lying-in-state, but there will be no such opportunity for the public to pay their respects to the Duke, whose body will lie in a closed chapel throughout.

Mourners at the gates of Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA
Mourners at the gates of Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA

What are the timings for plans?

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The coffin will leave the state entrance of Windsor Castle at 2.40pm with the procession stepping off at 2.45pm.

It will be carried through the grounds of Windsor Castle in a modified Land Rover which will reach the West Steps of the chapel eight minutes later.

The funeral will begin with a national minute's silence at 3pm as the coffin enters St George's Chapel.

On the grass at the Castle's Quadrangle will be representative detachments drawn from Prince Philip's military special relationships.

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Will the funeral be live-streamed?

The event will be televised in its entirety.

The public is being urged to watch the event on television and to stay away from the area given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

You can watch the funeral live on Saturday on the BBC or on catch-up on BBC iPlayer.

Prince Philip and The Queen. Credit: PA
Prince Philip and The Queen. Credit: PA

Has COVID-19 affected plans?

The Queen faces the prospect of having to sit on her own during the funeral because of strict coronavirus rules, it has emerged.

The law states that anyone attending a funeral must stay at least two metres apart from anyone who is not part of their household, meaning all members of the family will have to spread out in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The Queen is not eligible to be in a support bubble because she does not live on her own, meaning the only person who could sit with her during the service would be a member of her Windsor Castle staff.

A Palace spokesman said: "The plans have been given final approval by the Queen and reflect appropriately Government advice."

All public elements of the funeral have also been cancelled amid the ongoing pandemic.

Arrangements made prior to the outbreak of coronavirus have been shelved, and a limited service will take place.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duke of Cornwall, visit the tributes to the late Prince Philip. Credit: PA
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duke of Cornwall, visit the tributes to the late Prince Philip. Credit: PA

Who is likely to be there?

The funeral will be a family affair attended by close relatives, with the guest list limited to just 30 because of coronavirus restrictions.

The Queen and Philip's children and grandchildren will gather to pay their respects to the much-loved royal patriarch, who died at the age of 99.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be present to allow for as many family members as possible to be there amid strict COVID-19 guidelines.

Meanwhile, the duke's long-standing close aide, his private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, will be one of the few non-royals invited to attend the historic occasion inside St George's Chapel on Saturday.

Will Harry and Meghan be there after the controversial Oprah interview?

While Harry will be there, Meghan - pregnant with their second child - will not.

It will also be the first time that Harry has appeared with his family since he quit as a senior working royal last year.

Meghan, due to give birth in the summer, will remain in California after she was not given medical clearance by her doctor to travel having previously suffered a miscarriage.

The decision comes in the wake of the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview in which the Sussexes accused the royal family of racism - removing the potentially difficult prospect of Meghan appearing in public with the Windsors.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Will Prince Andrew be there after the Jeffrey Epstein controversy?

It will also be the first time Prince Andrew - the Duke of York - has attended a televised official royal event ever since he stepped down from royal duties over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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Topics: prince philip, Funeral, Queen, Royal Family

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