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The minute-by-minute guide to Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday

The minute-by-minute arrangements for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday have been revealed.

The military have been rehearsing all week for their pivotal role in the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

The Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the Army will be in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday, taking part in the procession and carrying out other duties including the playing of The Last Post.

Rehearsals have been taking place at the Army Training Centre Pirbright, in Surrey, where hundreds of military personnel gathered following the announcement of Philip’s death.

Here are the arrangements for the Saturday:

11am

Military duties begin hours before the funeral on Saturday afternoon, with Philip’s coffin – covered with his personal standard and surmounted with his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers – moved by a Bearer Party found by The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, from the private chapel to the inner hall of Windsor Castle.



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Windsor Castle is reflected in a shop window displaying a photograph of Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh
Windsor Castle is reflected in a shop window displaying a photograph of Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh

2.15pm

The service detachments recognising Philip’s special military relationships will be in position in the Quadrangle, which will also be lined by the Household Cavalry and The Foot Guards.

The Band of the Grenadier Guards, of which Philip was Colonel for 42 years, will lead the procession to St George’s Chapel.

They will be followed by the Major General’s Party, and then the Service Chiefs, which will include the Chief of the Air Staff, Naval Staff and Defence Staff.

Philip had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and while he gave up active service in 1951, he remained closely connected to it and other military elements throughout his public life.



Prince Philip's Royal Victorian Order Collar and Badge, and the Royal Victorian Order Breast Star and Badge
Prince Philip’s Royal Victorian Order Collar and Badge, and the Royal Victorian Order Breast Star and Badge



Cushions with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's insignia on are sewn into place in St James's Palace on April 15, 2021
Cushions with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s insignia on are sewn into place in St James’s Palace on April 15, 2021

2.20pm

Members of the Royal Family and relatives of Prince Philip will travel by car to St George’s Chapel.

2.27pm

The coffin, transported from the castle to the chapel in a specially-modified Land Rover Philip helped to design, will be flanked by pallbearers drawn from the duke’s special relationships – the Royal Marines, regiments, corps and air stations.



The Jaguar Land Rover that will be used to transport the coffin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at his funeral on Saturday
The Jaguar Land Rover that will be used to transport the coffin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at his funeral on Saturday

It will arrive at George IV Gate and then will proceed clockwise around the Quadrangle to the Equerries Entrance.

The route of the procession will be lined by representatives drawn from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the RAF.

2.38pm

Pall bearers carry the coffin through the Inner Hall to the State Entrance where it is loaded back onto the Land Rover.

2.40pm

Members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s household take up their positions in the procession and the bands stop playing music.




2.41pm

The coffin emerges from the State Entrance and is met by members of the royal family who are walking in the procession.

The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex will not walk shoulder to shoulder when they join senior royals in the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral procession.

William and Harry, whose troubled relationship has been well documented, will be separated by cousin Peter Phillips as they walk in a line behind their grandfather’s coffin on Saturday.

2.44pm

The Queen, attended by a Lady-in-Waiting leaves the State Entrance and joins the procession in the state Bentley.

Members of the royal family will not wear military uniform, but instead the royal men will wear morning coats with their medals while the women will wear day dresses.

The decision is a break with tradition for ceremonial royal funerals and will contrast with the strong military presence which will be on show to honour Philip, who served with distinction in the Second World War.

The move means the Duke of Sussex will not have to face being one of the only close family members who is not in uniform.

Harry lost his honorary military titles after deciding to step down as a senior working royal.

2.45pm

The procession proceeds towards St George’s Chapel.

Minute Guns will be fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn for the duration of the procession and a Curfew Tower Bell will sound.

As the procession approaches Horseshoe Cloister, the Band of the Grenadier Guards will stop playing and march through into Denton’s Commons.

The Rifles Guard of Honour, positioned in Horseshoe Cloister, will give a royal salute and the national anthem will be played.

In tribute to Philip’s Naval service, a Royal Naval Piping Party of 1 Chief Petty Officer and 5 Ratings will be present.

The piping party will pipe the “Still” once the Land Rover is stationery at the foot of the steps.

A bearing party of Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps and pause for a minute’s silence.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will receive the coffin.



The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House, London, to view the flowers and messages left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House, London, to view the flowers and messages left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

2.50pm

Inside the chapel, Philip’s insignia – the medals and decorations conferred on him by the UK and Commonwealth countries – together with his Field Marshal’s baton, Royal Air Force Wings, and insignia from Denmark and Greece, will be pre-positioned on cushions on the altar.

The Last Post will be sounded by buglers of the Royal Marines from the west end of the Nave.

Buglers of the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations during the service at the duke’s request.

It is played on a warship to signal all hands should go to battle stations and is sometimes featured at funerals of naval men.

3pm

The funeral service is expected to begin.

Due to the pandemic restrictions still in place on services in England only 30 mourners are allowed to attend and they will all wear face coverings. The 30 people attending listed here.

There will be nine cushions with insignia placed around the altar at St George’s Chapel. They represent British and Commonwealth orders and decorations, and the final cushion with orders from Greece and Denmark.

The Duke of Edinburgh had around 61 decorations and awards from 53 different countries, though not all will be on display for space reasons. He personally selected the regalia that will be on the altar for his funeral.

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