Prince Philip: The State Bentley and five other features of the duke's funeral explained


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Who will attend Prince Philip's funeral?

The Queen, Philip's wife, will be in attendance, as will all four of their children: Prince Charles and wife Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall; Princess Anne and husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence; Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex; and Prince Andrew. MarieClaire.comThe Royal Family Has Announced Who Will Attend Prince Philip's Funeral

Will Prince Philip have a state funeral?

Prince Philip's funeral will be a ceremonial royal funeral, not a state funeral, which is generally reserved for monarchs. Queen Elizabeth's mother, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, also had a ceremonial royal funeral. Los Angeles TimesWhat time is Prince Philip's funeral? How to watch on TV

What time is Prince Phillips service?

When It Airs The service in honor of Prince Philip will begin at 3 p.m. local time (10am/9c). Coverage will begin starting at 9am/8c in the U.S., depending on the network. TVInsiderTV Watch Guide for Prince Philip’s Funeral

How long will Prince Philip's funeral be?

The service is expected to last 50 minutes. After it concludes, Philip's coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault. The archbishop of Canterbury will then offer a blessing and the choir will sing the national anthem, in a second rendition, to conclude the ceremony. Washington PostWhat to expect at Prince Philip’s funeral

For all but the most seasoned of royal watchers, they need some further explanation.

It's a sturdy, practical mainstay of the British Army and a favourite vehicle of the duke's for decades. So when it came to planning for his funeral there really was only one choice: a Land Rover.

The utility vehicle was repainted in military green at the duke's request and he designed the open-top rear for his coffin, as well as the "stops" to secure it in place.

The sight of the heavy duty vehicle in the procession making its way slowly to St George's Chapel will offer a marked contrast to previous royal funerals, when the sombre sight of a sleek, traditional hearse greeted mourners.

It's been widely reported over the years that, in discussing his eventual funeral arrangements, Prince Philip once quipped to the Queen: "Just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor." Although Covid restrictions mean that on Saturday there will be no procession from central London to Windsor - he is already lying at rest there - the duke got the other part of that wish.

While many members of the Royal Family will walk in that procession behind the Land Rover, the Queen will travel in a quite different vehicle - the Bentley State Limousine.

Usually known as the State Bentley, the vehicle was presented to Her Majesty in 2002 to mark her Golden Jubilee.

Its rear-door design allows the Queen to stand up straight before leaving the vehicle, helping to ensure a dignified exit on royal visits. She and the duke offered "continual" input during the two years it took to build the car, according to Bentley.

20ft 4in(6.2m) - length

130mph(209km/h) - max speed

Year or manufacture2002

Rear doors hinged to open at90°

Bullet-proof and air-tight, to protect driver and passengers, it has opaque panels at the back to provide privacy if required. The exterior is painted in royal claret and black, with red stripes down the side.

The limousine can also reach a speed of 130mph (209 km/h) and its tyres are reinforced to reduce the risk of punctures.

It will only have to travel a few hundred yards through the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday, though, at walking pace.

The duke will be interred in the Royal Vault, underneath the Quire of St George's Chapel, Windsor, where the funeral service will be. According to the duke's instructions, as his coffin is lowered into the vault, the naval call to arms - Action Stations - will ring out.

Some 44 royals are buried in various parts of the chapel, among them Henry VIII, who died in 1547. Charles I, who was beheaded in 1649 is there too, as are the 18th-to-20th-Century kings George III, George IV and George V.

The Queen's younger sister, Princess Margaret, who died aged 71 in 2002, was cremated and her ashes were initially placed in the Royal Vault. But they were moved to the King George VI Memorial Chapel - a part of St George's Chapel - just a few weeks later, after her mother, the Queen Mother, died and was interred there along with her late husband, King George VI.

She is not the only relation of the late Prince Philip to have been interred and later moved. His mother Princess Alice, who died in 1969, was in the Royal Vault until 1988 when her remains were transferred to Jerusalem, as she had requested during her lifetime.

After the duke's coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the Garter King of Arms - who advises the monarch on matters of flag-flying, ceremony and heraldry - will proclaim the Duke of Edinburgh's "styles and titles".

This means he will read out the duke's full title, which was 133 words long, incorporating his other roles as Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, and will include his style - term of address. His main style was "Your Royal Highness" or, in the third-person, "His Royal Highness".

The Garter King of Arms takes the name from the Order of the Garter, established by Edward III and inspired by tales of King Arthur and the the Knights of the Round Table.

But the salary is far from princely. The current office-holder, Thomas Woodcock, is officially paid £49.07 a year for his efforts. The salary was fixed at a higher level by James I but reduced by William IV in the 1830s.

£49.07annual salary

1415year that Henry V instituted the office

2010incumbent Thomas Woodcock appointed

Nine cushions will be placed on the altar of St George's Chapel, displaying a selection of the medals and other decorations the duke received. He chose these himself as he planned his funeral in detail.

The regalia - including the Order of the Brilliant Star of Zanzibar, the Brunei Esteemed Family Order, and the Singapore Order of Darjah Utama Temasekwere - are sewn on to the cushions using fish wire, rather than braid, which is more noticeable.

It is thought the duke received awards and decorations from more than 50 countries. There was not enough space to display them all in the chapel.

As members of the Royal Family - including the Queen's four children, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex - slowly follow the coffin, members of the duke's household will walk behind them. They will include two pages and two valets who are among the Windsors' closest servants, working in their private quarters, serving them food and drink, dressing them and ensuring they are not disturbed.

A personal protection officer and the duke's private secretary, Brigadier Bakewell - his right-hand man for more than a decade - will also join the procession.

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Queen Elizabeth Releases Her First Official Statement That Doesn't Include Prince Philip

PEOPLE 16 April, 2021 - 07:52pm

The 94-year-old monarch extended her sympathy and support to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a Commonwealth nation, following a series of volcanic eruptions.

While statements of this kind typically start with "The Duke of Edinburgh and I," this is the first such message to be sent following Philip's death on April 9 at the age of 99 that didn't include her husband.

"I have been saddened by the destruction and major disruption caused by volcanic eruptions in recent days, and my thoughts are with the many people and families who have been evacuated from their homes, and whose livelihoods have been affected," the Queen said. "I send my thanks to the emergency services and all those involved in the relief effort."

She concluded, "My prayers will remain with the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at this very difficult time."

Queen Elizabeth has not yet addressed Prince Philip's death with the public (aside from a statement released on her behalf announcing his death), but many family members have shared statements praising Philip's dedication to the monarch, the country and the Commonwealth.

The day after Prince Philip's death, the Queen's daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex tearfully told people gathered outside Windsor Castle that "the Queen has been amazing."

Amid reports that the monarch will be accompanied by family members at future engagements, a former senior aide at the palace tells PEOPLE, "Her family will step up and be by her side, but she will carry on. She understands that she has a job to do, and [Philip] would have wanted her to crack on. She did do so when he retired from public life."

A close royal insider adds, "She will never abdicate because of duty and honor and public service is so deep in her, as it was for him."

Prior to Peel's retirement after 14 years in the Lord Chamberlain position, he was overseeing the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral proceedings. Peel's duties are being taken over by former MI5 spy chief Baron Andrew Parker.

"She fell in love, and she never looked at anyone else," biographer Sally Bedell Smith tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story.

The two exchanged countless letters while Philip served in the Royal Navy during World War II. They married after a year-long courtship on Nov. 20, 1947, an occasion that called for national celebration following the devastating war.

"There had been grayness and austerity, and then to have this golden coach and crowds made it exciting," Lady Pamela, the daughter of Philip's uncle Lord Mountbatten and a longtime lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth who served as a bridesmaid, previously told PEOPLE.

William and Harry's cousin, Peter Phillips, will walk between them in the funeral procession 16 April, 2021 - 07:52pm

Many have been speculating as to whether or not the Duke's sad passing could be a catalyst for the brothers to repair their relationship, which Harry described during his and wife Meghan Markle's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey as being one of "space".

"The relationship is 'space' at the moment," said Prince Harry. "And time heals all things, hopefully."

Further details about the funeral have now been released and show that the two brothers will not walk side by side with one another during the procession behind their grandfather's coffin to the chapel, but instead will have their cousin, Peter Phillips, positioned between them.

It's reported that William will then move ahead of Harry as the family split into pairs after the coffin is taken inside St George's at Windsor Castle.

Considering that William, Harry and Peter are all the Duke of Edinburgh's grandsons it would make sense that they walk together. Given that there are also nine people walking in the procession behind the coffin too, it seems sensible that the three men have been grouped together.

The walk will be lead by Princess Anne and Prince Charles, followed by Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, then the three grandsons, with Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Earl of Snowdon flanking the rear.

It has also been made known that the Queen will be sat alone during the chapel service, again due to coronavirus restrictions, and that traditional black clothing will be worn by all, rather than any sort of military uniform.

Our thoughts are with the entire family during this sad time.

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