The final preparations for the Saturday funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s wife ended today at Windsor Castle. Prince Philip, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony will be more gentle, although this will reflect his long career in the military and public service.
The police patrolled in front of the castle, and the river laid wreaths on people.
Since the funeral of the Queen’s mother in 2002, television companies from all over the world have held funerals in front of the historic royal residence west of London to hold the funeral of the highest member of the royal family.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the funeral plan quickly changed because government regulations limit the number of guests to 30.
But Buckingham Palace pointed out that the ceremony will reflect Prince Philip’s lifelong connection with the British Navy.
General Nick Carter said: “This will reflect military precision, and most importantly, it will be a celebration of a good life.”
He told the BBC: “I think this will also show the love and respect of the armed forces for him.”
Prince Philip, who had been married to the Queen for 73 years, spent a month in the hospital due to heart disease and infection. He died on April 9 at the age of 99.
The palace released a guest list on Thursday, revealing that Prince William and Prince Harry will not walk behind each other behind the coffin. Among them will be a cousin Peter Philips, who is the son of Princess Anne.
The start time of the ceremony is 14:40 local time (15:40 Central European time) and 15:00 national silent minutes.
All guests, including the Queen, who will be 95 years old next week, will wear masks, sit separately and maintain physical distance.
The queen will sit down alone.
The four-member choir will sing works selected by the prince himself at the funeral, and the performance will last for 50 minutes.
Among the 30 guests were Crown Prince Charles, his second wife Camilla, three other queen children and eight grandsons and their spouses.
The child of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret and three cousins of Philip from Germany will also attend.