Funeral services for Prince Philip, the late husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will be held on Saturday, but because of COVID-19 will be less open to the public and limited to the royal family itself.
Philip died last week at the age of 99. He and Queen Elizabeth were married for more than 73 years.
The service, which was laid out by Philip, himself, will be slightly altered as the United Kingdom is in the midst of easing out of a COVID-19 lockdown.
Here is what we know about the services now:
- The United Kingdom is officially in eight days of mourning, with the funeral service set for Saturday.
- Philip’s body will not be on view where the public could line up to see it.
- The royal family has asked that the public not leave floral tributes to the prince, but instead consider making a donation to a favorite charity, instead.
- The number of people who can attend the funeral is limited to 30 because of COVID-19 restrictions.
- His coffin will be carried by a Land Rover from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel, for the funeral service.
- That procession will begin at 2:45 p.m. (9:45 a.m. ET) and will be led from Windsor Castle by a band of grenadier guards. A Royal Navy piping party will pipe “The Still” while the Land Rover is stationed at the foot of the West Steps of St. George’s Chapel.
- A national minute of silence and a gun salute will be held at 3 p.m., just before the ceremony begins.
- An online book of condolence has been launched on the royal family’s official website.
Philip and Queen Elizabeth have four children – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward – eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
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