Prince Philip's ceremonial funeral on Apr 17
April 10 2021 11:33 PM
A woman lights a candle outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Eliza
A woman lights a candle outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, died at the age of 99, in Windsor, near London, Britain. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers


Britain's Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's husband who died on Friday aged 99, will have a ceremonial funeral on Saturday, April 17 without any public access or public procession, Buckingham Palace said.
The funeral will take place at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at 3pm local time on April 17.
"It will be what's known as a ceremonial royal funeral," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said. "The plans for the funeral are very much in line with the Duke of Edinburgh's own personal wishes."
There will be no public access, no public processions and the funeral will take place entirely within the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The queen has approved the plans. The service will begin with a national minute of silence. At the end of the service Philip will be interred in the Royal Vault in St George's Chapel.
Buckingham Palace said their grandson Prince Harry would attend.
Prince Charles paid a personal tribute to his "dear papa" Prince Philip, saying the royal family missed him enormously and he would have been amazed at the touching reaction across the world to his death.
"As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously," Charles, the couple's eldest son and heir to the throne, said outside his Highgrove House home in west England.
"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."
Tributes have flooded in from across Britain and from world leaders for Philip, who was a pillar of strength for the queen. At 94, she is the world's oldest and longest-reigning living monarch.
The armed forces marked Philip's passing at Saturday noon with a Death Gun Salute. Artillery units in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Gibraltar, and some navy warships, fired their guns.

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