London The funeral of the late Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, will take place on Saturday 17 April. British media reported, referring to the information provided by Buckingham Palace on Saturday. The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 on Friday at Windsor Castle.
According to the palace, a funeral service will be held at St George’s Church in Windsor. The ceremony will be preceded by a minute of silence at the national level at 15:00 (16:00 CET). It would be a ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral, and thus it would take place without public access. There will be an eight-day official mourning in Britain before the funeral.
The royal palace also mentioned that the number of mourners will be limited to thirty. The service will be carried out in accordance with the restrictions imposed due to the spread of the Coronavirus. In this context, members of the royal family, including the Queen herself, are expected to wear protective gear.
According to Reuters, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace confirmed, among other things, that the grandson of the late Harry, who now lives in Los Angeles, plans to attend the funeral. But his pregnant wife Megan would not come on the advice of her doctor.
The son of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, paid tribute to his late father on Saturday and thanked the public for their participation. “I think over the past 70 years my father has provided a very impressive service of worship to the queen, my family, the country and the community at large,” the prince told reporters.
Charles said, “My dear father was a very special person, and he would be especially surprised by the reactions and touches of the things that were said about him, and from this point of view, we, my family, are very grateful for all this,” among other things.
The Commonwealth is a free union of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its control and former colonies. It is made up of more than 50 states and is home to about 2.4 billion people.