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Prince Philip funeral updates – Service today to celebrate Duke of Edinburgh’s ‘unwavering loyalty’ to the Queen


The Duke of Edinburgh’s “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen will be celebrated at his funeral today.

Prince Philip’s association with the Royal Navy and love of the sea will be a focus of the Windsor Castle ceremony – but in line with his wishes there will be no sermon.

More than 730 members of the armed forces are taking part in the event, but there is a limit of 30 mourners at St George’s Chapel, under Covid rules.

The ceremonial royal funeral will be broadcast on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 12:30 BST.

The service itself will start after a national minute’s silence at 3pm.

Penelope Bradbourne, 67, also known as Countess Mountbatten of Burma, became one of Philip’s closest friends in later life after he decided to teach her carriage driving in the mid 1990s.

She is said to have been such such a trusted friend that in recent years she was nicknamed “And Also” by royal aides as she was invited to so many events at which Philip was due to appear, according to the Daily Mail.

Now she finds herself among the very few people allowed to attend his funeral after covid restrictions means just 30 people could attend.

Sarah Ferguson – ex wife of the Duke’s second son Prince Andrew – is among those for whom there is no space, although she is said to be supporting the Queen by going for daily walks with her at the moment.

In fact Penelope Knatchbull, once known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, is the only person in attendance who’ll not be either a direct blood relation of the Duke or someone who has married a blood relation.

It is a sign of just how close Penny, as she is known to friends, and the Duke remained that she will join the Queen, Philip’s four children, eight grandchildren and their spouses at tomorrow’s service in Windsor.

Read our Prince Philip funeral live blog below for the latest updates…

  • PHILIP & QUEEN ‘BICKERED SWEETLY’

    Prince Philip told the Queen to “shut up, you silly woman” as the royal couple bickered “sweetly” during lockdown, it’s reported.

    The Duke Of Edinburgh is said to have spent the last few weeks of his life “reminiscing like mad” with his wife of 72 years.

    After leaving hospital last month, Philip and the Queen spent time browsing through family photographs and old cine camera film, which he had had digitised, the Daily Mail reports.

    One palace aide told The Daily Mail: “They bickered with one another.

    “It was sweet but so unexpected. On one occasion I heard the duke say ‘Oh do shut up you silly woman’ and the Queen replied ‘I am not a silly woman, I am the Queen!'”

  • QUEEN CALLS FOR UNITY

    The Queen has called for unity today amid the ongoing feud between Prince William and Harry.

    Tensions were sparked by Harry and Meghan leaving the country, and then giving a bombshell interview to Oprah.

    A source told The Mirror: “Tensions are still obviously running high, a lot has been said and wounds are still very raw.

    “But there is a realisation that everyone does need to reach some form of resolution, if only for the Queen, who has said it is her wish that the family comes together.”

  • FUNERAL TIMINGS (PART 2)

    2:40pm – Members of the duke’s household will take up their positions in the procession and the bank will stop playing music.

    2:41pm -The coffin will be moved to the State Entrance and will be met by members of the Royal Family who are walking in the procession.

    2:45pm – The procession will begin and is expected to last eight minutes. The firing of minute guns by The King’s Troop Horse Artillery from the East Lawn will form a backdrop as the family members already at the chapel stand to view the procession. The Band of the Grenadier Guards will stop playing. The Rifles Guard of Honour will give a royal salute and the national anthem will play.

    2:53pm -The Land Rover with the coffin will arrive at the chapel. The coffin will be carried up the steps and will stop on the second landing as members of the Royal Family go up the stairs.

    3pm – There will be a National Minute’s Silence. The Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury will receive the coffin.

  • FUNERAL TIMINGS (PART 1)

    11am – The coffin will be moved from the private chapel to the Inner Hall of Windsor Castle by the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

    2pm – The Lord Chamberlain, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and Dean of Windsor will arrive in the Inner Hall.

    2:10pm – The Dean will say prayers before leaving by car to St George’s Chapel. Military representatives will be in the Quadrangle.

    2:20pm – Members of the Royal Family and Philip’s relatives who are not taking part in the procession will leave Windsor Castle and make the journey to the chapel. The Land Rover, where the coffin will be places, will enter the Quadrangle. The Prince’s staff, the Major General commanding the Household Division will leave from the Equerries Entrance and take their position.

    2:38pm – The coffin will be lifted in the Inner Hall.

     

     

     

  • WHO WILL LEAD THE SERVICE?

    During the service, a choir of four singers (three of whom are Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel Choir) will be conducted by James Vivian and the organ will be played by Luke Bond.

    The service is led by the Right Reverend David Conner, KCVO, Dean of Windsor.

    The Blessing will be pronounced by the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • QUEEN’S HOPES FOR FAMILY

    THE Queen wants Prince Philip’s death to be a catalyst for her family to reunite, a royal source has revealed.

    Her Majesty has found comfort over the last week seeing her family rally around one another and putting differences aside.

    And it was today reported the 94-year-old monarch is hoping previous tensions in her family – including Prince Harry’s decision to quit the Firm and move to the US will be healed during the time of mourning.

    It is believed Prince Harry will see his family today for the first time since quitting royal life with his wife Meghan Markle last year.

    According to the Daily Mail, a royal source said: “Tensions are still obviously high, a lot has been said and wounds are still very raw.”

  • PHILIP’S ‘UNWAVERING LOYALTY’

    PRINCE Philip’s “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen and “courage, fortitude and faith” will be hailed at his funeral this afternoon.

    The Duke of Edinburgh stood by the monarch’s side for more than 70 years, dedicating his life to the nation and service.

    The 99-year-old will now be laid to rest at St George’s Chapel in Windsor this afternoon, with the Royal Family gathering to bid farewell to the Queen’s “rock”.

    Prince Harry has returned from the US to be with his family, with just 30 mourners allowed to attend the service due to Covid.

    Read the full story here.

     

  • REVEALED: RING OF STEEL FOR PHILIP’S FUNERAL

    Police have ramped up security ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral – with extra armed cops on patrol and specialist searches carried out.

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday will be a scaled-back royal affair with just 30 mourners in attendance due to Covid rules.

    But police are taking no chances with a ring of steel shielding Windsor, where Philip will be laid to rest, and the royal family.

    Among the security measures are extra armed police and uniformed officers on patrol in the historic town leading up to the event.

    Gun cops have been seen on the Long Walk today as the public come to pay their respects to Philip after his death aged 99.

  • WILL THE ARCHBISHOP BE AT THE FUNERAL?

    Yes. It is understood that The Archbishop of Canterbury will receive the coffin at the top of Steps.

    He will be joined by the Dean of Windsor.

    The funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel at 3pm on Saturday (April 17).

    The Archbishop of Canterbury will also pronounce the blessing.

    After that, the national anthem will take place.

  • QUEEN SHARES CANDID PHOTOGRAPH BEAMING IN THE SUN WITH HUSBAND PRINCE PHILIP

    THE QUEEN has shared a candid photograph of herself and Prince Philip on the Scottish Highlands the day before his funeral.

    Taken by Prince Edward’s wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex in 2003, the image shows the royal couple smiling while relaxing in the sunshine.

    The Queen released the picture of the duke at the top of the Coyles of Muick on the eve of his funeral.

    Looking completely at ease and smiling warmly, Philip and the Queen are seen appearing relaxed on the grass at the beauty spot near the town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire.

    The duke lies back on a rug, propping himself up on his left elbow and has jauntily placed his hat on his right knee.

    Beaming at the Countess of Wessex the Queen, dressed in a tartan skirt, blouse and cardigan and a string of pearls also sits on a rug.

  • MIKE TINDALL SHARES SWEET PHOTO OF PRINCE PHILIP WITH DAUGHTER MIA

    MIKE Tindall today shared a sweet photo of Prince Philip with his daughter Mia – remembering the duke as a “devoted family man”.

    Tindall, 42, posted a picture of the daughter he shares with the Queen’s granddaughter Zara, 39, to Instagram.

    Read more here.

  • BROTHERLY BOND

    PRINCE Harry and William are said to be “keen to spend time together as a family” after Prince Philip’s funeral.

    The Duke of Sussex rushed to the UK to attend his grandfather’s service, where he will face his relatives for the first time since quitting his royal duties last year.

    Read more here.

  • PRINCE’S PICK

    Prince Philip chose the medals and decorations for the altar alongside his coffin.

    They have been sewn onto nine cushions with see-through fishing wire, together with his Royal Air Force wings and Field Marshal’s baton.

    The Duke also included insignia from Denmark and Greece.

    The Order of the Elephant and Order of the Redeemer are a nod to his birth heritage as a Prince of Greece and Denmark.

    The Order of the Garter, which consists of a collar made out of 22 carat gold, is also included.

  • EARL AND COUNTESS OF WESSEX IN WINDSOR

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex have viewed tributes left by the public and national leaders in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.

    Edward and Sophie, who were joined by their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, looked over hundreds of flowers and wreaths outside St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Friday afternoon.

    Among them were wreaths bearing messages from Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and the Royal Navy.

    The couple appeared touched by the tributes.

    Sophie, while looking over handwritten letters from children, could be heard saying “how sweet”, before speaking to her husband about the amount of flowers.They walked around for about fifteen minutes before leaving.

  • PRINCE PHILIP FUNERAL TOMORROW: THE FACTS

  • PHILIP’S CARRIAGE AND PONIES TO MAKE POIGNANT APPEARANCE AT FUNERAL

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s love of carriage-driving will be a poignant feature of his funeral, with his carriage, which he designed himself, and ponies making an appearance.

    The polished dark green four-wheeled carriage, accompanied by two of Philip’s grooms, will stand in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle on Saturday as the duke’s coffin is carried past in a procession on a Land Rover hearse.

    It was Philip’s most recent carriage, which he began using at the age of 91 for riding around Windsor and other royal estates.

    With the carriage will be the duke’s two black Fell ponies – Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm – who were both were born in 2008.

    Balmoral Nevis was bred by the Queen, with Fell ponies being an endangered breed.

  • CROWDS WARNED TO STAY AWAY FROM WINDSOR

    Crowds are being urged to stay away from Windsor and only a small number of guests will attend the service, with even the Prime Minister stepping aside to make way for an additional family member under the tight rules on numbers.

    As it is taking place in an area where the royal family often live and worship on a routine basis, there will be a “degree of business as usual around this event”, said Mr Aldworth, who also used to police the town.

    Throughout the week, police have been carrying out searches with armed and horseback patrols in the town as preparations continued.

    Thames Valley Police said this included searches of phone and post boxes, drains and bins as well as number plate checks, monitoring of CCTV and installing barriers to prevent attacks with vehicles, alongside covert tactics.

  • WILL THE ARCHBISHOP BE AT THE FUNERAL?

    Yes. It is understood that The Archbishop of Canterbury will receive the coffin at the top of Steps.

    He will be joined by the Dean of Windsor.

    The funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel at 3pm on Saturday (April 17).

    The Archbishop of Canterbury will also pronounce the blessing.

    After that, the national anthem will take place.

  • WATCH: LIAM PAYNE SHARES A PAINTING OF PRINCE PHILIP HE DREW IN TRIBUTE

    Liam Payne shares a painting of Prince Philip he drew in tribute
  • MILLIONAIRE WHO WENT TO HARRY AND MEGHAN ROYAL WEDDING CHARGED WITH RAPE

    A millionaire businessman who attended Prince Harry’s wedding has been charged with another count of rape.

    Lawrence Jones amassed a £700million fortune through his IT company UKFast and was pictured with Boris Johnson at the Tory Party conference.

    The 52-year-old dad-of-four was previously charged with one count of rape and four of sex assault relating to two women between 2010 and 2013.

    But he has now been further charged with rape against another alleged victim in 1993.

    He denied four counts of sex assault at Manchester magistrates court in January but has not entered pleas for the two counts of rape.

  • QUEEN SEEN FOR FIRST TIME SINCE PHILIP’S DEATH

    The Queen has today been seen for the first time since Prince Philip’s death as she heads out to walk her dogs ahead of his funeral.

    Her Majesty, 94, was pictured driving a green Jaguar out of Windsor Castle today.

    The royal appeared to be wearing a bonnet and sunglasses as she snaked out of the grounds where tomorrow’s funeral will be held.

    A guard could be seen standing to attention as she headed to Frogmore Gardens – close to where Prince Harry is isolating at Frogmore Cottage – to walk to her beloved pooches.

    The corgi and dorgi – named Muick and Fergus – arrived while Philip was ill in hospital and helped cheer the royal up.

    Her Majesty, 94, was pictured driving a green Jaguar out of Windsor Castle today.
    Her Majesty, 94, was pictured driving a green Jaguar out of Windsor Castle today.

     

  • QUEEN IS ‘BEARING UP WELL’

    The Queen is “bearing up well” amid final preparations for Prince Philip’s funeral tomorrow. 

    The monarch is said to be “in control” just 24 hours before the service at Windsor Castle – despite the rift between Prince William and Harry and a row over the Duke of York wearing a naval uniform. 

  • BORIS JOHNSON SENDS WREATH PAYING TRIBUTE TO PRINCE PHILIP

    A wreath from Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, saying the nation owes him “more than words can say”.

    The Prime Minister’s written message, laid outside St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, read: “In grateful memory of a man to whom the nation owes more than words can say.

    “Sent on behalf of the nation. From the Prime Minister.”

    A wreath from Nicola Sturgeon read: “With deepest sympathy from the First Minister of Scotland and the Scottish Government.”

    The Royal Navy’s tribute read: “In gratitude for an exceptional life of service from all ranks of the Royal Navy. Fair winds and following seas.”

  • EARL AND COUNTESS OF WESSEX IN WINDSOR

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex have viewed tributes left by the public and national leaders in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.

    Edward and Sophie, who were joined by their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, looked over hundreds of flowers and wreaths outside St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Friday afternoon.

    Among them were wreaths bearing messages from Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and the Royal Navy.

    The couple appeared touched by the tributes.

    Sophie, while looking over handwritten letters from children, could be heard saying “how sweet”, before speaking to her husband about the amount of flowers.They walked around for about fifteen minutes before leaving.

  • NO FLIGHTS OVER WINDSOR DURING PHILIP’S FUNERAL

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will not be disturbed by planes flying to or from Heathrow, the airport has announced.

    Windsor is often subjected to the noise of overhead jets as it is just six miles from the west London airport.

    But Heathrow said no arrivals or departures will fly over the area during the funeral.

    The airport is also prohibiting planes from taking off or touching down for a six-minute period coinciding with the national one-minute silence at 3pm on Saturday to mark the start of the service.



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