A live broadcast and two burials: Everything we know about Prince Philip's funeral.

The final farewell of Prince Philip, who passed away at the age of 99 last Friday, will be a royal funeral like no other. 

Whilst the original plan was to have 800 guests at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, the funeral will now be held within the parameters of the pandemic restrictions.

This means the ceremonial funeral will be much more modest than usual, which Buckingham Palace says "reflects the Duke's wishes". 

Watch: The moment BBC announced the death of Prince Philip. Post continues below. 

Video via BBC. 

Here's everything we know about Prince Philip's funeral. 

When is Prince Philip's funeral?

Prince Philip's funeral will be held this Saturday, April 17. 

Britain is currently in a period of national mourning, which will end on the day of the funeral.

A nationwide minute's silence will be held as the funeral begins at 3pm on April 17 (12am midnight AEST on Sunday, April 18).

The hour-long ceremony will be televised live, which was reportedly approved by Prince Philip years ago. 

Most major Australian free-to-air networks will be broadcasting proceedings. Channel Seven's extended coverage will commence at 9.30pm, the ABC and Channel Nine will begin theirs at 11pm, while Channel 10's will broadcast from 11.40pm, which is when the ceremonial procession led by Prince Charles and Princess Anne will occur.

Who will attend Prince Philip's funeral?

Coronavirus restrictions in Britain stipulate that only 30 people can attend funerals right now. This week, Buckingham Palace confirmed who those 30 people will be.

Of course, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Camilla will be in attendance, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. However, Meghan Markle, who is pregnant with the couple's second child, was not given clearance to travel by her doctor and hence will remain in California with their son, Archie. It will be the first time the Duke of Sussex has returned to Britain since stepping down as a senior royal last year.


Prince Harry with his grandfather, Prince Philip, in 2015. Image: Getty.  Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be among attendees, announcing he will miss the funeral to ensure as many family members can attend as possible.

See the full guest list below: 

  • The Queen
  • Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall
  • Princess Anne and Sir Tim Laurence
  • Prince Andrew
  • Prince Edward, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn
  • Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge
  • Prince Harry
  • Peter Phillips
  • Zara and Mike Tindall
  • Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
  • Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
  • The 2nd Earl of Snowdon
  • Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto
  • Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester
  • Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent
  • Princess Alexandra
  • Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden
  • Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
  • Philipp, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • Patricia Knatchbull, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Where will Prince Philip's funeral be?

Prince Philip passed away two months out from his 100th birthday. Image: Getty. 


Prince Philip's funeral will be held at St George's Chapel, which is also the chapel where Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, were married in 2018.

Prince Philip's body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle until the day of the funeral. 

On the day of the funeral, the coffin will be placed on a modified Land Rover, which the duke helped design before his passing, from Windsor Castle to St George's Chapel. 

Harry and William will not walk side-by-side during Prince Philip's funeral procession.

On Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced new details about Prince Philip's funeral, including the news that Prince Harry and Prince William will not walk beside each other during their grandfather's funeral procession.

The Palace said that Prince Harry and Prince William will be separated by their cousin, Peter Phillips, as they escort Prince Philip's coffin to St George's Chapel. 

The 15-people procession will be lead by the Queen and Prince Philip's eldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, followed by their younger children and grandchildren, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips and Prince William.

While there has been plenty of speculation about whether the divide between the brothers is deliberate, a spokesperson for the Palace has said otherwise.

"We're not going to be drawn into those perceptions of drama, or anything like that," a palace spokesman said.

"This is a funeral. The arrangements have been agreed, and they represent her majesty's wishes."

Royals will not wear military uniform.

The Palace has also announced that members of the royal family will not be wearing military uniform at Prince Philip's funeral, breaking with the tradition at ceremonial royal funerals. 

"Members of the royal family will be wearing morning coat with medals or day dress. That’s to say members of the royal family will not be in military uniform," the palace spokesperson said.

According to reports, the decision may have been made to spare Prince Harry any embarrassment, as he was stripped of his honorary military titles after he left the royal family.


There were also reports stating that Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, wanted to wear an admiral uniform to the ceremony. While the Duke was due to be promoted to that title on his 60th birthday, last February, the promotion was deferred after his disastrous BBC interview about his friendship with sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. 

Faced with both dilemmas, Buckingham Palace has now ruled that none of the family will wear uniform.

Will there be a Bank Holiday for Prince Philip's funeral?

It's unlikely there will be a public holiday for Prince Philip's funeral.  

Only a reigning monarch's state funeral is declared a Bank Holiday. 

Where will Prince Philip be buried?

Prince Philip will be interred in the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel. It's unclear if the lowering of his coffin will be televised.

Roughly 20 members of the royal family are buried in the vault, plus four kings: George III, George IV and William IV. 

It won't be the Duke's final resting place, however. 

Upon the death of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip's coffin will be moved to the King George VI memorial chapel alongside hers. Her Majesty has requested to be buried there as it is where her sister, Princess Margaret, and her parents, King George VI and the Queen Mother, were laid to rest.

Feature Image: Getty. 

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