I am back with a post covering two related topics, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday and “new old” photos of Prince Philip and the Cambridge family released this week. Below, an image posted on Kensington Palace social media showing Prince Philip with a young Prince George in 2015.
We’ll get to the photos shortly, but first, updates on Saturday’s service. Detailed plans and a list of those attending the service were released by Buckingham Palace today. The funeral will be at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
- It will begin at 3pm local time, 10am EDT/7am PDT.
- At 2:40pm a procession will accompany the Duke’s coffin from the State Entrance at Windsor Castle to the Chapel.
- At 3pm a national moment of silence will be observed.
- The service is a ceremonial funeral as opposed to a state funeral (the latter usually reserved for monarchs).
- Per England’s pandemic restrictions, only 30 are attending the service. (The pallbearers and clergy are not included in the number of attendees per the BBC.)
- Attendees are expected to wear masks and be distanced. The Wall Street Journal notes, “Singing will be limited to a choir of four standing in the nave of the chapel, singing hymns chosen by Prince Philip.”
- More than 700 Armed Forces personnel are providing ceremonial support, per CNN.
- The service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Dean of Windsor, David Conner.
The Duke’s coffin, currently in the private chapel at Windsor Castle, will be placed on a specially-designed Land Rover as it leaves the castle’s State Entrance. Prince Philip designed the vehicle in partnership with Land Rover.
More from The Daily Mail:
His creation of the bespoke Land Rover hearse was a 16-year project. Work began in 2003, the year Philip turned 82, and was finished aged 98 in 2019. With heavy duty wheels and angular structure, the sturdy design stands testament to the Duke of Edinburgh’s penchant for engineering and functionality. Land Rover has maintained the vehicle since it was built and has prepared it for the funeral in collaboration with the Royal Household.
It will be flanked by pall bearers reflecting the duke’s special relationships with the military, the Royal Marines, Regiments, Corps and Air Stations.
Hello! reports the coffin will be “draped in the Duke’s personal standard and with flowers, his Naval Cap and sword placed on top…”. Pallbearers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards will carry it from the State Entrance to the Land Rover.
Below, The Telegraph’s graphic illustrating the route.
Those expected to walk behind the vehicle include Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips (the Duke’s oldest grandchild), Vice Admiral Tim Laurence (Anne’s husband) and the Earl of Snowdon. HM will ride; more from Hello’s coverage:
Prince Philip’s loyal press secretary and long-standing aide, Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, will be part of the funeral procession and will enter the chapel, but will not be seated in the quire with the royal family. He was the Duke’s right-hand man for 11 years, taking on the role in 2010.
Similarly, the Queen will be accompanied by a lady-in-waiting and the pair will travel in the same car, although the lady-in-waiting, whose identity will be revealed on the day of the funeral, will remain in the nave and not be seated in the quire.
Others attending the service include the Duchess of Cornwall; the Duchess of Cambridge; Sophie, Countess of Wessex and children Lady Louise and Viscount Severn; Zara and Mike Tindall; Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi; Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank; the 2nd Earl of Snowdon (Princess Margaret’s son, David Armstrong-Jones; Lady Sarah Chatto (Princess Margaret’s daughter) and her husband, Daniel Chatto. Sky News has a full list of attendees accompanied by photos.
Preparations have been underway for several days. Below, the scene at Windsor Castle today.
Here you see Diane Hatcher, a seamstress at Cleave Court Jewellers, as she sews medals and decorations conferred on the Duke onto cushions that will be placed on the altar at the Chapel.
These include his Field Marshal’s baton and RAF Wings, and insignia from Denmark and Greece.
Below, members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at Windsor this afternoon.
There was a full dress rehearsal today at a military training site in Surrey.
Service personnel from across the country have come together for rehearsals before the funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh. With different styles of drill to work with, The Army School of Ceremonial are ensuring they all work as one, ready for the task ahead https://t.co/YewMGEK14d pic.twitter.com/OKPtBGzz1j
— British Army (@BritishArmy) April 15, 2021
Today the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall viewed some of the cards and flowers that have been left by the public; they have been collected and are displayed at Marlborough House in London.
More from The Times of London:
Amid the very public mourning, it was a private moment of grief. The Prince of Wales made an emotional visit to see the thousands of bunches of flowers laid by members of the public in memory of his father, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Buckingham Palace said there should be no flowers. But every day they come, bouquet after bouquet as people flock to Buckingham Palace to pay their respects to Prince Philip.
To avoid them becoming a spectacle that might attract a crowd, all the flowers laid outside Buckingham Palace and other royal residences in London have been gathered up and taken to the headquarters of the Commonwealth, just off the Mall.
Floral tributes included a model of a Land Rover similar to the one that will bear his coffin on Saturday, with the “The Duke RIP” on the roof.
Here is the little Land Rover referenced in the story.
At the bottom of the post, I have a list of networks carrying live coverage of the funeral.
Family members continue to share memories of Prince Philip throughout the week. Accompanying the photo seen above with Prince George and the Duke, a statement from Prince William.
Yesterday, several members of the Royal Family posted photos in remembrance of Prince Philip. Below, another photo from Balmoral in 2015. (I love the way Charlotte and the Queen are looking at each other.)
The picture above was posted on Kensington Palace’s social media; this next image was shared on the Royal Family social media accounts.
Taken by the Duchess of Cambridge at Balmoral Castle in 2018, it shows HM and Prince Philip with seven of their great-grandchildren: Prince George, Prince Louis (on HM’s lap), Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips (behind Charlotte), Isla Phillips holding Lena Tindall, and Mia Tindall.
LIVE FUNERAL COVERAGE:
- The funeral will be broadcast live on the Royal Family’s YouTube channel with coverage starting at 2:30 local time, 9:30am EDT. Below, the graphic currently shown on that YouTube channel.
- ITV’S coverage starts at 1:15 local time
- BBC One begins its coverage at 11am
- BBC Two will air taped coverage at 8pm Saturday night
- Sky News is also offering live coverage; it will also be available on Sky’s YouTube channel
- CNN coverage begins at 9am EDT
- NBC News starts its coverage at 9:30am EDT on TV, their app, and streaming via NBC News Now.
- CBS News will carry a special report with Gayle King beginning at 9:30am EDT. I *think* the network is offering streaming coverage via its YouTube channel.
- ABC News Coverage starts at 9:30am EDT with David Muir, who will be joined by royal experts Victoria Murphy, Robert Jobson & Omid Scobie. ABC News Live will carry coverage, as well as ABCNews.com and GoodMorningAmerica.com
- Fox News will have live coverage anchored by Martha MacCallum from 9am – Noon on Saturday. Coverage will also be streamed on FoxNews.com and the network’s app.
- CTV is starting its coverage at 8am ET; its streaming coverage is available at CTV.ca, via its app and on Twitter
- CBC’s coverage begins at 8am ET
- 9News begins coverage at 11pm AEST
- Yahoo Australia reports in WA, the coverage will begin at 9pm local time and in SA and NT it will begin at 10.30pm local time.
- Yahoo Australia also reports” Before midnight, Nine will hand over to the BBC for the official coverage of the funeral. An encore of the funeral special coverage from the night before will be broadcast at 5am Sunday for those who missed it. The ABC will also reportedly show the funeral.”
- The Royal Family funeral plans page is here; a detailed Forces.net story is here
- The Royal Family Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here
- The Clarence House (Prince of Wales/Duchess of Cornwall) Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here
- The Kensington Palace (Duke & Duchess of Cambridge) Twitter feed is here and its Instagram page here