Buckingham Palace revealed this Thursday the list of 30 people who on Saturday morning will participate in the funeral of the prince philip of Edinburgh at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, West London.
Although years ago it was planned how the funeral of the queen’s husband should be, the service had to be modified to comply with the norms of the pandemic, so only close relatives and close friends of the patriarch will attend.
However, the colorful traditions of a royal funeral will remain as “a reflection of Philip’s military career and personal elements of His Royal Highness’s life,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman said Thursday.
More than 700 members of the Armed Forces of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force will provide ceremonial support during the funeral.
Princes William and Harry will walk behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin with their father, Charles, and other members of the royal family as part of a private procession before Saturday’s funeral.
While the Queen will not participate in the pre-service procession, Prince Charles and his sister, Princess Anne, will walk behind a specially modified Land Rover, which will carry the Duke’s coffin to the chapel in a journey that will last about eight minutes.
The other two sons of Felipe, Eduardo and Andrés, will participate in the procession immediately behind them. William and Harry will come later, although their cousin Peter Philips will walk in their midst. And behind will be the last members of the family, Ana’s husband, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence and the Earl of Snowdon.
Royals not participating in the procession, such as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge, They will accompany the 94-year-old queen to watch the funeral parade in front of the Galilee porch of the chapel. This also includes blood relatives on the Duke’s side who will be in attendance, including Philip’s great-nephews, the Crown Prince of Baden, and the Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
The decision of some royals to walk behind the coffin will inevitably recall Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, when Charles, William, and Harry participated in a similar procession alongside Prince Philip and Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer.
Saturday’s memorial will be unlike any other recent royal funeral due to the coronavirus pandemic. Among other issues, all members of the cortege will wear a chinstrap during the service, the palace spokesman said.
In accordance with the Duke’s wishes, it will be a ceremonial funeral, rather than a state event, and all arrangements will take place within Windsor Castle without public involvement.
In a break with tradition, members of the royal family will not dress in military uniform and instead wear morning coats with medals or day dresses, added the spokesperson.
The dress issue came up in recent days after some British media reported that Prince Andrew wished to wear an admiral’s uniform. Andrés retired from his royal duties in 2019 over his ties to disgraced financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The Duke of York joined the Royal Navy in 1979 as a sailor’s officer, subspecialized as a pilot, and even participated in the Falklands War. He was promoted to the rank of vice admiral in 2015 when he turned 55. He was scheduled to be promoted to admiral when he turned 60, but that did not come as a result of a disastrous interview with the BBC in which he discussed his relationship with Epstein.
The uniform decision will also resolve a dilemma facing the family, as Prince Harry recently lost his honorary military titles when he decided to step down as royalty with his wife Meghan last March.
Harry enlisted in the British Armed Forces for almost a decade before ending his military service in 2015. He served twice in Afghanistan and achieved the rank of captain in 2011. He is also qualified as an Apache helicopter commander.
During the service, a choir of four will sing the music selected by Felipe himself for the occasion. In the temple, the members of the procession will maintain the corresponding distance from each other. After the service, the coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault below the chapel while the choir sings the national anthem.
This is the complete list of the procession that will participate in the funeral:
1. Queen Elizabeth II
2. Prince Charles
3. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
4. Prince William
5. Kate Middleton, duquesa de Cambridge
6. Prince Harry
7. Prince Andrew
8. Princess Beatrice
9. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
10. Princess Eugenie
11. Jack Brooksbank
12. Prince Edward
13. Countess of Wessex
14. Lady Louise Windsor
15. Vizconde Severn
16. Princess Ana
17. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
18. Peter Phillips
19. Zara Phillips
20. Mike Tindall
21. Earl of Snowdon
22. Lady Sarah Chatto
23. Daniel Chatto
24. Duque of Gloucester
25. Duque de Kent
26. Princess Alexandra
27. Bernhard, Crown Prince of Baden
28. Prince Donato, Landgrave of Hesse
29. Prince Philip of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
30. Countess Mountbatten of Burma
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