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Prince Philip Won’t Be Buried Until Queen Elizabeth Dies

Nkafu 237 | 13.04.2021 | 0 | World

The death of the husband to the Queen of England and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip was announced by the Royal Family on April 9, 2021.

Preparations are currently underway for the funeral of the 99-year-old consort to Queen Elizabeth. The funeral ceremony has been scheduled for Saturday, April 17, 2021, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

However, it has been revealed by Buckingham Palace that Prince Philip won’t be buried until the Queen dies. Prince Philip’s coffin will be held in the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle until it can be buried together with his wife of 74 years, the Queen.

When the Queen dies, Prince Philip’s body will be transferred to the gothic church’s King George VI memorial chapel to lie alongside his wife. The chapel also houses the remains of the Queen’s father George VI, her mother the Queen Mother, and sister Princess Margaret.

Before Prince Philip is laid to rest, his body will be examined most likely at the family’s medical wing of Windsor Castle by a member of the Medical Household, who will ascertain the cause of his death.

The Duke’s body will then be placed in a coffin and moved to the St George’s Chapel within the Windsor Castle grounds. Following his final wishes before his death on Friday, Prince Philip will not have a state funeral. The Duke of Edinburgh is entitled to a full state funeral as the Queen’s consort but in a typical no-nonsense style, he reportedly said he did not want the “fuss.” His original funeral plans included 800 guests but due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, the arrangements of the Duke’s funeral which is codenamed “Operation Forth Bridge” have had to change.  The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be much smaller as only 30 guests will be allowed at the funeral ground.

Prince Philip’s ceremonial funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, will be televised and broadcast to the country from 3 pm GMT+1  on Saturday.

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