Royal Family News: Prince Philip Will Be Taken To Chapel In Land Rover Vehicle He Designing
British royal family news reveals that the UK is observing an eight day period of mourning for its Prince Consort, the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip died yesterday at the age of 99 and his final farewell comes next week with a service to be held on Saturday. It is said that his coffin will be taken to the chapel in a Land Rover vehicle he helped design.
In terms of COVID this funeral will mark a first for the royal family as it comes during a global pandemic. As is to be expected, the service will be significantly different than royal services in years past.
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Queen Elizabeth and her family must follow guidelines in place to prevent the spread of the virus which means the wearing of face masks and proper social distancing during the tribute.
It is being reported that relocated Prince Harry will travel to the UK to attend the service but his pregnant wife Meghan Markle has been, “advised not to travel,” by her doctor, the Palace confirmed.
After the service a period of official royal mourning will begin for two weeks.
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Due to COVID rules only 30 people will be able to attend the ceremony. It is believed that the number of guests present will be limited to the Duke’s children, grandchildren and other close family members.
Today Buckingham Palace announced that Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on April 17 in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The service begins at 3pm and at that time a national minute of silence will be observed.
Royal Family News: Prince Philip’s Service is Saturday
The duke’s coffin will be taken from the castle to the chapel in a specially modified Land Rover vehicle that he himself had a hand in designing. He will be followed by the Prince of Wales and senior royals on foot.
It is believed that nearly 1,000 people would have gathered to pay their respects to the world’s longest serving consort. COVID restrictions prevent this and Philip himself expressed that he wanted a minimum of pomp and circumstance for his service.
In light of this sentiment, perhaps he would have been heartened to know that all public features of the funeral have been cancelled, although it will be televised. Nonetheless the ceremony will occur entirely on the grounds of the castle.
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