The funeral service for Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, might be held on April 17, Buckingham Palace mentioned on Saturday, confirming that Prince Harry was planning to attend.
The service for Philip, who died aged 99 on Friday, might be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor citadel, preceded by a nationwide minute’s silence. There might be no public entry nor public procession beforehand.
The variety of mourners might be restricted to 30, with Buckingham Palace stressing that the service might be held consistent with Covid-19 restrictions, that means members of the royal household together with the queen can be anticipated to put on a masks.
Queen Elizabeth has authorized 8 days of nationwide mourning till the funeral, the royal household will observe two weeks of mourning.
A nationwide minute’s silence may also be held at 1500 native time on April 17 firstly of the funeral service.
To mark the dying of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, at 12pm BST in the present day a gun salute started firing from the Tower of London.
In whole 41 rounds are being fired, with 1 spherical each minute, in unison with different saluting batteries throughout the UK. pic.twitter.com/0j3lmRwQ8u
— The Tower of London (@TowerOfLondon) April 10, 2021
“Though the ceremonial preparations are lowered, the event will nonetheless have a good time and acknowledge the duke’s life and his greater than 70 years of service to the Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth,” a palace spokesman mentioned Saturday whereas talking on situation of anonymity consistent with coverage.
The palace appealed to the general public to not collect in Windsor, and for individuals who wished to pay their respects to Philips to remain at residence as a substitute.
“Whereas there may be unhappiness that the general public will be unable to bodily be a part of occasions to commemorate the lifetime of the duke, the royal household asks that anybody wishing to precise their condolences accomplish that within the most secure approach potential and never by visiting Windsor or another royal palaces to pay their respects,” the palace spokesman mentioned. “The household’s want could be very a lot that individuals proceed to observe the rules to maintain themselves and others secure.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed that Harry, who has moved to Los Angeles after giving up royal duties, was planning to attend the funeral, however his pregnant spouse Meghan had been suggested to not journey by her doctor.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)