Open Post | The Funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully last week at Windsor Castle a few months before his 100th Birthday, and will have his Funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor today! In keeping with the importance of this event, we have decided to create an open post with all the details, links and livestreams from the event, along with live updates, which will keep all of you updated in the time before we post the detailed article about the Funeral!

UPDATE: Click HERE to take a look at the detailed article about the Funeral!

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Details

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will be a “Ceremonial Royal Funeral”, the same as that of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It will not be a “State Funeral” – something that is generally reserved for Monarchs. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the Funeral Service and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing. Due to the current public health guidelines, some elements of the Funeral plan have been modified, although the day will still be very much in line with His Royal Highness’s wishes. The Funeral will be broadcast live on TV and radio to allow people around the world to take part in mourning The Duke.

Running Order

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At 2:40pm on Saturday April 17, the coffin will emerge from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle into the Quadrangle, followed by the members of the Royal Family who will be walking in the procession. All those in the Quadrangle will give the coffin a Royal Salute before the coffin is placed onto the bespoke Land Rover designed by the Duke and prepared for his Funeral. The Queen will depart from the Sovereign’s Entrance in the State Bentley.

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The Procession will move towards St. George’s Chapel, through Engine Court, Chapel Hill Parade Ground and into Horseshoe Cloister, arriving at the West Steps. The procession route will be lined by representatives from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, and 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force. Minute Guns will be fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn of Windsor Castle for the duration of the Procession. The Curfew Tower Bell will also toll.

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The members of the Royal Family who will follow on foot behind the coffin are:

The Princess Royal  The Prince of Wales

The Earl of Wessex and Forfar   The Duke of York

The Duke of Sussex   Peter Phillips   The Duke of Cambridge

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence   The Earl of Snowdon

The National Anthem will play as the coffin arrives at Horseshoe Cloister, to met by representatives from the Commonwealth and a Dismounted Detachment of the Household Cavalry. The Bearer Party will carry the coffin up the West Steps of the Chapel before pausing for a National Minute Silence at 3pm. The Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury will then receive the coffin. As the doors to St. George’s Chapel close, the Royal Navy Piping Party will pipe the ‘Carry On’.

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The following Members of the Royal Family will attend the Funeral Service in the Chapel:

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 then depart the Chapel via Galilee Porch. The Order of Service.

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The Duke of Edinburgh personally selected the regalia that will be on the altar during the 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 and many Medals. The Orders on display will include the Order of the GarterOrder of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Royal Victorian OrderOrder of the Bath, Order of the British Empire, the Order of CanadaOrder of Military Merit (Canada)Order of Australia, and the Order of New Zealand.

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One thought on “Open Post | The Funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

  1. This was one of the most simple and beautiful services I have ever watched. There were no eulogies and no superfluous elements whatsoever. Every aspect of it was elegant, intentional, and sober, inviting quiet reflection. It’s true that people would have wanted to be present and give their last respects in person, but that is the case for everyone in this pandemic. Even the Queen has to give way sometimes. However, even COVID restrictions were not able to mar this dignified farewell.

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