Prince Philip seems to have prepared the smallest details for his funeral. Whether it’s the special Land Rover driving into St. George’s Church with his chest, the personal medal and order on the altar, or the music to be played, the prince obviously wants to brand himself in advance. .
Who to invite?
Due to corona measures, only 30 people were present at the funeral. The thirty guests were mainly composed of the prince’s immediate family members. His four children, his grandsons and some members of his own Mountbatten family. Including three Germans, they were quarantined in the UK last week, especially for funerals. And Prince Harry from California. His wife Megan is not there. She is very pregnant, so she is advised not to fly. Do not invite great-grandchildren. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also not there. He gave up the invitation so that other family members can participate in the service.
For the Queen, it is not easy to shorten the guest list drastically. According to the “Times” report, Corona has drawn up a temporary guest list with about 800 guests.
Where is the funeral held?
The service will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The prince spent the entire corona pandemic with Queen Elizabeth in Windsor and died last Friday. The couple got married in 1947 and they spent a lot of time in Windsor, which they believed was their real family residence. Buckingham Palace is more like a working palace.
The chapel where Harry and Meghan married in 2018 is the final resting place of ten former British kings or queens. The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret’s Princess, is also there. The prince will eventually be buried in the royal tomb below the chapel.
The Archbishop of the Anglican Church, Justin Welby, will welcome guests accompanied by the noble military guard of honor and special bagpipers from the British Navy. Next is the British National Anthem. During the service, only a four-person choir will perform some songs.
Before the service, Prince Philip’s coffin will be driven to the church by a Land Rover designed by himself. All this takes place in the courtyard of Windsor Castle. During this journey, several representatives of military and naval power (the prince played an important role in the Royal Navy and the British Navy played an important role in his early life) will accompany him.
There will be a national minute of silence when the service starts at 3 pm local time (4 pm Dutch time). The service is expected to last 50 minutes.
What is the role of the prince’s immediate family members?
Queen Elizabeth will enter the church through the special entrance Galilee Portico. Instead of walking to St. George’s Church, she went to State Bentley: her official car. Due to corona discharge measures, she will sit down alone during the shift.
Immediate family members will participate in the parade, headed by Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne. They left at 3.40 pm Dutch time and walked past Land Rover with Prince Philip’s coffin. After Charles and Anne are two other sons of Prince Philip: Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Prince Harry and Prince William did not walk together. Their cousin Peter Philips walked between them. Peter is the oldest child of Princess Anne. Many media speculated that this setting is a way of deliberately separating the brothers. The brothers seem to have not had a good relationship for some time.
During the service, guests must sit at least two meters away and wear a mask.
Do members of the royal family wear military uniforms?
In recent days, there has been a lot of discussion about whether to wear military uniforms. That caused all kinds of problems. Although Prince Harry is serving in Afghanistan, he will not be able to participate in the military uniform due to his recent breakup with the royal family. That would put him in an uncomfortable position because his brother and father would wear military uniforms.
In addition, Prince Andrew, who is currently being investigated by the FBI for alleged involvement in the Epstein scandal, wants to put on a military uniform. But this will trigger a lot of protests.
After a friendship with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and an extremely painful interview with the BBC at the end of 2019, Andrew resigned. His military title was never taken away by him. The prince served in the British army during the Falkland Islands War in the 1980s.
In order to avoid discussion, Queen Elizabeth decided that no royal family members would wear military uniforms today. A special decision: It is very unusual for members of the royal family not to wear such uniforms at royal funerals.
A few hours before the funeral, Queen Elizabeth shared this photo with her husband: