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Prince Charles says public support is ‘sustaining’ royal family after Philip’s death

Buckingham Palace has announced that the Duke of Buckingham’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on 17 April.

A national minute’s silence will be observed in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, as the service begins at 3pm.

The Queen and her family will be following Covid guidelines and wearing face masks and socially distancing for the funeral procession.

While Prince Harry will travel to the UK for the service, his pregnant wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will not attend on medical advice.

Earlier on Saturday gun salutes marking the death of the Duke of Edinburgh were fired across the UK, in Gibraltar and at sea. The public was encouraged to observe the gun salutes from home.

Prince Philip died peacefully in his sleep on Friday morning at Windsor Castle. He would have celebrated his 100th birthday in June.

His children paid tribute to him as the “rock” in the Queen and their family’s lives.

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Prince Charles releases tribute to his ‘dear papa’

Prince Charles has said he will miss his “dear papa” enormously, in his first public statement following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Prince of Wales told reporters outside his Gloucestershire home, Highgrove, that his family was “deeply grateful” for the public’s support following the passing of his father.

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 18:16

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‘He was a much-loved and appreciated figure’

Here’s Prince Charles’ tribute to his “much-loved and appreciated” father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Charles says public support is ‘sustaining’ Royals after Philip death

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 18:07

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The Prince of Wales said: “I particularly wanted to say that my father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to The Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth.

“As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously. He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.

“My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that.

“It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 18:04

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Prince of Wales pays tribute to ‘my dear papa’

Prince Charles has described his late father the Duke of Edinburgh as a“very special person” in a heartfelt video message from his Gloucestershire home, Highgrove

The Prince of Wales praised Philip for giving “the most remarkable,devoted service to the Queen, to my family and to the country” for the last 70 years.

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 18:02

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Prince Harry to attend funeral – but Meghan will stay at home

The pregnant Meghan Markle has been advised by her doctor not to travel to Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle next Saturday — but husband Prince Harry will attend, the palace has announced.

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 18:00

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St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle

St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the setting for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, is a 15th century gothic church, set in the Lower Ward of the Queen’s favourite residence.

Construction of the chapel was started in 1475 by Edward IV and completed under Henry VIII in 1528.

The funeral of Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, took place at St George’s in 2002, as did the private committal service for the Queen Mother the same year.

Both are now buried in the tiny George VI Memorial Chapel within the main chapel with the Queen’s father King George VI, whose funeral took place at St George’s in 1952.

The chapel was also the setting for the marriage of the Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, in May 2018.

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 17:43

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Step-by-step guide to funeral procession

On the day of the funeral, the duke’s coffin, accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Lord Chamberlain, will be moved to the state entrance of Windsor Castle by members of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

The Band of the Grenadier Guards, of which Philip was Colonel for 42 years, will lead the procession to St George’s Chapel.

They will be followed by the Major General’s Party, and then the Service Chiefs, reflecting His Royal Highness’s close relationship with the military.

The coffin, borne on the Land Rover, will be flanked by pallbearers drawn from the Royal Marines, regiments, corps and air stations.

The procession from the state entrance to the west steps of St George’s Chapel will take eight minutes.

The Prince of Wales and members of the royal family will take part in the procession on foot, immediately behind the duke’s coffin, together with staff from Philip’s household.

The route of the procession will be lined by representatives drawn from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

Minute guns will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the east lawn of Windsor Castle for the duration of the procession, and the Curfew Tower Bell will toll.

A Guard of Honour and Band from The Rifles will receive the coffin at the foot of the west steps, with the national anthem being played as the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

The piping party will pipe the ‘Still’ once the Land Rover is stationery at the foot of the steps.

A bearing party of Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps and pause for the minute’s silence.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will receive the coffin.

In keeping with coronavirus guidelines to limit guests inside the chapel, most of the procession will not enter St George’s, except for members of the royal family, and the duke’s private secretary Archie Miller Bakewell.

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 17:24

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Here are more details of the arrangements:

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 17:13

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Duchess of Sussex will not attend funeral

The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel to the UK for the funeral, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

Her husband Prince Harry will attend the service.

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 17:07

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No public processions for Duke’s funeral

A Palace spokesman said: “This event will be much reduced in scale with no public access.

“In line with Government guidelines and public health measures, there will be no public processions and the duke’s funeral will take place entirely within the grounds of Windsor Castle.

“The plans have been given final approval by the Queen and reflect appropriate government advice.

“Despite these necessary changes, they still very much reflect the personal wishes of the duke.

“Although the ceremonial arrangements are reduced, the occasion will still celebrate and recognise the duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.”

The duke’s coffin will be transported from the castle to the chapel in a specially modified Land Rover he helped to design, and followed by the Prince of Wales and senior royals on foot, a senior Palace official said.

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 17:05

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