The Duke of Edinburgh has died

It has just been announced that the Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II has passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle, at the age of 99, just a few months before his 100th Birthday. This is breaking news, and this page will be updated as soon as any other information will be available.

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An update on the Funeral Arrangements for Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Additional Details HERE:

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will have a Royal Ceremonial Funeral at 3pm on Saturday 17 April at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. There will be a National Silence for 1 minute as the coffin arrives at the Chapel.

All public elements of the funeral have been removed and it will be televised but take place entirely in the grounds of the castle. His coffin will remain in the Queen’s private chapel at the castle all week before being transferred in a modified Land Rover he had a hand in designing. There will be a strong military element to the ceremony reflecting the Duke’s proud history and associations.

There will be 30 guests in the royal party, including family – children and grandchildren – and long-serving staff such as his valet, page and private secretary, who will follow the coffin, draped in the Duke’s personal standard with a family wreath and his naval cap and sword, down to the chapel. After the funeral service, the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault underneath St George’s Chapel

Although the ceremonial arrangements are reduced because of Covid, the personal wishes of the Duke are still being reflected and the occasion will still celebrate and recognise his life and more than 70 years service to the Queen, the UK and Commonwealth.

The procession to the chapel will include the Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, the Earl of Snowdon, and members of the Duke’s staff. The Queen, accompanied by a lady in waiting, will wear a mask throughout proceedings and follow her husband’s funeral procession in her official Bentley. Senior royals will not wear uniform, instead they will be in morning/day dress with medals. Mourners will not be allowed to sing, instead a small choir of just four will sing the National Anthem and other hymns. The Full Guest List:

  • The Queen
  • Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
  • Princess Anne and Sir Tim Laurence
  • Prince Andrew
  • Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise, and Viscount Severn
  • Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge
  • Prince Harry
  • Peter Phillips
  • Zara and Mike Tindall
  • Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
  • Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
  • The 2nd Earl of Snowdon
  • Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto
  • The Duke of Gloucester
  • The Duke of Kent
  • Princess Alexandra
  • dThe Hereditary Prince of Baden
  • The Landgrave of Hesse
  • The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • The Countess Mountbatten of Burma
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The Duke of Edinburgh personally selected the regalia that will be on the altar at his funeral and was all sewn on to nine cushions at St James’s Palace this week, alongside his British Royal Orders and Commonwealth Royal Orders, there is the Greek Order of the Redeemer and the Danish Order of the Elephant as well as his RAF wings.

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Full Details:

The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will take place on Saturday, 17th April, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, at 1500hrs. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to see and hear so many people sharing fond memories of the Duke of Edinburgh. Although plans for the funeral have been modified to take into account public health guidelines, the ceremonial aspects of the day and the funeral service itself are in line with the Duke’s wishes and will reflect His Royal Highness’s personal and military affiliations.

On Saturday, ahead of the funeral service, the coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s personal standard and surmounted with his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers, will be moved privately from its present location in the private chapel at Windsor Castle to the Inner Hall of Windsor Castle.

After prayers are said by the Dean of Windsor in the Inner Hall, the coffin will be carried to the State Entrance by a bearer party found by the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. The bearer party will place His Royal Highness’s coffin on a purpose-built Land Rover.

The Queen will depart from the Sovereign’s Entrance in the State Bentley and join the rear of the procession in the Quadrangle. At 1445hrs the procession steps off to St George’s Chapel, flanked by military pall bearers.

The congregation will wear masks for the service and members of the Royal Family will wear day dress or morning coat with medals. During the service, a small choir of four will sing pieces of music chosen by the Duke of Edinburgh. The choir will be located in the Nave, away from the seated congregation, and in line with public health guidelines there will be no congregational singing.

The Funeral service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, and is expected to last for approximately 50 minutes. At the conclusion of the service, the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault. The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing and the National Anthem will be sung by the choir. Her Majesty The Queen, members of the Royal Family and the Duke of Edinburgh’s family will leave the Chapel via Galilee Porch.

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

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Born Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark to Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, he was the only brother of Princess Margarita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Princess Theodora, Margravine of Baden, Princess Cecilie, Grand Duchess of Hesse, and Princess Sophie of Greece and Hanover, and a grandson of King George I of Greece. Exiled from Greece at an early age, he grew up in France, Germany, and Britain, where he was taken under the wing of his maternal uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Serving in the Royal Navy during WWII, he gave up his title to become a British Citizen, becoming Phillip Mountbatten, by taking the name of his maternal family. In 1947, he married the then Princess Elizabeth, Heiress Presumptive to the British Throne. The couple had four children: the Prince of WalesPrincess RoyalPrince Andrew, and Prince Edward, and eight grandchildren. In 1952, she succeeded to the Throne as Queen Elizabeth II upon the sudden death of her father, while they was on tour of Kenya. Initially finding it difficult to adjust as Prince Consort, he established himself in the role, founding the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The Duke carried out 22,219 solo engagements from 1952 until his retirement from royal duties in 2017. Known for his mischievous humour and ‘gaffes’, the Duke was one of the best loved members of the royal family and one of my personal favourites.

Our condolences to the British Royal family on this tragic loss!

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2 thoughts on “The Duke of Edinburgh has died

  1. I am greatly saddened to know that Prince Philip has died. It seems strange to think of the world without him in it. My deepest condolences to the Queen, his children, and the rest of his family on this great loss.

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