Prince Philip: Windsor Castle visitor laments loss of Duke
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Prince Philip, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, has died aged 99. In a statement released shortly after midday, the Palace said: “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.” The Duke of Edinburgh is the longest-serving consort in British history who Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “inspired the lives of countless young people”. Speaking at Downing Street, Mr Johnson added the Duke had “earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and around the world”. The Palace added: “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
The Duke’s death comes just two months before he was due to celebrate his 100th birthday, in June.
The flag at Buckingham Palace has been lowered to half-mast and a notice was posted on the palace gates announcing the Duke’s death.
Prince Philip wad admitted to hospital in February for heart-related treatment, where he stayed in recovery and recuperation for one month.
People have gathered outside both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to pay their respects to the Duke and Queen Elizabeth II.
What will the Duke’s funeral be like?
Prince Philip is, of course, entitled to a lavish and grand state funeral, but the Duke has expressed wishes to have something more humble.
As is understood, the Duke was closely involved with his own funeral arrangements, which are being co-ordinated by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace.
The Duke’s body will not lie-in-state, in breaking with a long tradition that would see members of the public visit his coffin.
St James’s Palace was where Diana, Princess of Wales, lay for several days before her funeral in 1997.
The public will not be allowed to view the body.
As for the funeral itself, it’s understood the guest list will be only for family, friends and heads of state from Commonwealth countries.
The formal goodbye to the Duke will most probably involve a service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, as is the style for military funerals.
However, all of this will likely only take place if COVID-19 restrictions allow.
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Where will the Duke be buried?
Prince Philip’s burial, in breaking with tradition, will likely be a much more private affair than expected.
Monarchs and consorts past have been buried in Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel, but the Duke’s own burial will break the mould.
As is understood for now, Prince Philip will be buried in Frogmore Gardens in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are also buried there in a mausoleum.
The Duke of Edinburgh hoped to have a private service at St George’s Chapel, with a burial at Frogmore Gardens.
However, it’s worth noting that while the details are understood to be the Duke’s wishes, the Royal Family could alter course.
There will also be a mourning period for the Queen as her consort died before her, and will last eight days.
During this period of mourning laws will not be given Royal Assent and affairs of state won’t go ahead as usual in a sign of respect.
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