On April 17th, the funeral for Prince Philip, the longest serving royal consort in British history, will be held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip’s death was announced by Buckingham Palace on April 9th 2021. The statement read:
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
Prince Philip will have a royal ceremonial funeral, rather than a grand State funeral, due to his own wishes, but the event will be much smaller than planned due to the pandemic.
Cost of Prince Philip’s funeral
Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle at 15:00 BST on Saturday.
There will be a procession during which the Duke’s children will walk alongside the hearse. Prince Philip was involved with the design of a specially modified Land Rover hearse, which he requested to be repainted in military green.
The head of the UK’s armed forces said the funeral will have Prince Philip’s “fingerprints all over it” and it “reflects his wide interests and his attention to detail.”
Although the funeral will only have 30 guests, the event will likely incur large costs. Including: Buses carrying military personnel, the dozens of marshals helping to direct people, street sweepers, and gardeners.
The procession to the funeral service will be headed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, followed by the Household Division and military service chiefs.
An exact cost of the funeral is yet to be released to the public, although the Queen Mother’s funeral arrangements in 2002 cost more than £5.4 million (Policing costs amounted to £4.3m and the Queen Mother’s lying-in-state came to £825,000.)
However, due to the limitations on guests due to the pandemic, and Prince Philip’s wishes for a smaller funeral (as well as not lying- in- state), the event will most likely cost much less.
How to watch Prince Philip’s funeral
You can watch the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on BBC One on Saturday 17th April, 12:30-16:20 and 20:10- 21:10.
The event will also be broadcast on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service English, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster at 14:00-16:10.
It will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Wales and BBC local radio with some variation in start times.
Who will be attending Prince Philip’s funeral?
- The Queen
- The Prince of Wales
- The Duchess of Cornwall
- The Duke of Cambridge
- The Duchess of Cambridge
- The Duke of Sussex
- The Duke of York
- Princess Beatrice
- Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
- Princess Eugenie
- Jack Brooksbank
- The Earl of Wessex
- The Countess of Wessex
- Lady Louise Windsor
- Viscount Severn
- The Princess Royal
- Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
- Peter Phillips
- Zara Tindall
- Mike Tindall
- Earl of Snowdon
- Lady Sarah Chatto
- Daniel Chatto
- Duke of Gloucester
- Duke of Kent
- Princess Alexandra
- Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden
- Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
- Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
- The Countess Mountbatten of Burma