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Prince Philip: What will happen and when at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

Further details on the timings of Prince Philip’s funeral have been revealed. 

The proceedings will take place on Saturday afternoon and will stay within the grounds of Windsor Castle to avoid crowds gathering during the coronavirus pandemic, but will be televised to the nation.

Here is what we know about what will happen and when.

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2.40pm

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The Duke of Edinburgh‘s coffin will be carried from the state entrance of Windsor Castle.

Members of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards will place the coffin on a specially modified Land Rover designed by Prince Philip himself.

A lifelong fan of Land Rover, the duke spent 16 years on the project and made changes including requesting a repaint in military green.

The vehicle would originally have transported his coffin 22 miles from Wellington Arch in central London to Windsor, but the pandemic has curtailed plans for military parades.

2.45pm

Prince Philip funeral

The procession will set off, led by the heads of the Armed Forces and other senior military figures.

Members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Princes William and Harry will follow on foot immediately behind the coffin – and be joined by staff from Philip’s household.

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William and Harry will not walk side by side for the procession, instead separated by their cousin Peter Phillips.

Details of where Royal Family members will stand in the procession ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral
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Details of where Royal Family members will stand in the procession ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

The Queen will not be part of the procession and will instead be driven in the state Bentley.

Representatives from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force will line the route.

Meanwhile, guns will be fired each minute from the east lawn of the castle by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, and the Curfew Tower Bell will toll.

The procession will take eight minutes and will pass to the north side of the Round Tower.

2.53pm

Prince Philip funeral

A Guard of Honour and Band from The Rifles will play the national anthem as the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

The coffin will come to a stop at the foot of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel.

3pm

Prince Philip funeral

The Royal Marines bearer party will carry the coffin to the chapel porch, where it will pause at 3pm for a national minute’s silence.

The Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury will receive the coffin inside the chapel, but most of the procession will not enter except for members of the Royal Family and the duke’s private secretary Archie Miller Bakewell.

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The service will begin as the coffin enters the chapel.

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