Prince Philip’s funeral to take place 17 April

It has been announced that the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April.

A national minute’s silence will mark the start of the funeral at 3pm BST at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, Buckingham Palace has announced.

As per the duke’s request, the funeral will be a small affair rather than a state funeral and will follow Covid guidelines as set out by government.

It is now confirmed that the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, will be attending the funeral and will fly in from the US to join his family at the ceremony.

Earlier today the duke was honoured by royal gun salutes across the UK and at sea.

Over the next 8 days leading up to the funeral there will be a state of national mourning.

The funeral is to be televised but will be more ceremonial than a large state affair.

Prince Philip will not lie in state but will remain at Windsor Castle before being moved a short distance to St George’s Chapel for the service.

Earlier today members of the Royal Family visited the Queen at Windsor Castle.

As the Countess of Wessex left she said: “The Queen has been amazing.”

Members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales, will walk behind the coffin and the Queen will travel separately to the chapel.

After the service, the duke will be interred in the Royal Vault of the chapel.

Members of the public have been asked not to attend any of the funeral events, in line with public health advice and the Royal Family has asked people not to leave flowers and tributes at royal residences but rather make donations to charities across the UK.

All official government buildings will continue to fly the flag at half-mast in tribute of the duke until 8am on the day of the funeral.

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