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Heathrow Will Suspend All Flights For Start Of Prince Philip’s Funeral

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Heathrow Will Suspend All Flights For Start Of Prince Philip’s Funeral

Heathrow Airport has confirmed that it will suspend all flights during the start of Prince Philip's funeral today (17 April).

The Prince Consort is set to be laid to rest during a service at St George's Chapel in Windsor at 3pm.

With the church being less than 10 miles away from the busy airport, bosses have announced that it will be allowing no arrivals or departures for a six-minute period.

This will coincide with the national one-minute silence as a mark of respect for the late Prince Philip.

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The airport confirmed that this is not expected to require any rerouting of aircraft.

With social distancing guidelines still in place, the general public wishing to pay their respects are also being urged to stay away from the service, so as to avoid crowds of people.

Prince Philip is to be laid to rest at St George's Chapel today. Credit: PA
Prince Philip is to be laid to rest at St George's Chapel today. Credit: PA

Under current rules, only 30 people are allowed to attend a funeral. Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned his invitation so as to allow another member of the family to attend.

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Plans for the funeral were released last week. And in line with his own personal wishes, Prince Philip's coffin will be carried to the chapel in the vehicle he helped design.

The announcement read: "On Saturday 17 April, The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin will be moved by a Bearer Party found by The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

"Positioned in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle will be representative detachments drawn from His Royal Highness's military special relationships.

"His Royal Highness's coffin will be carried in a purpose-built Land Rover - which The Duke was involved in the design of - flanked by military Pall Bearers, in a small Ceremonial Procession from the State Entrance to St George's Chapel, for the Funeral Service.

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His coffin will be carried in a Land Rover he helped design. Credit: PA
His coffin will be carried in a Land Rover he helped design. Credit: PA

"Members of the Royal Family and The Duke of Edinburgh's Household will walk behind the coffin from the Quadrangle, down Chapel Hill and into Horseshoe Cloister.

"The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute's Silence at 1500hrs."

The statement continues: "It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral - something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice."

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The tragic news of Prince Philip's passing was announced via the Royal Family's Twitter account.

In a statement, Her Majesty said: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

"Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Prince Philip will be laid to rest in the 200-year-old Royal Vault, becoming the 25th Royal to be buried there.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Prime Minister, covid, Coronavirus, Funeral, Royal Family, Boris Johnson

Dominic Smithers
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