FLAGS remain at half mast and a minute of silence will be observed this afternoon as the funeral is held for the Duke of Edinburgh.

After 73 years of marriage, the Queen will bid farewell to Philip during a televised funeral service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, attended by a small group of relatives and friends.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen and her “courage, courage and faith” will be marked at her funeral, which begins at 3pm.

Sussex landmarks have flown their Union Jack flags at half mast, and a national minute of silence will also be observed at 3 p.m.

A touching photo of the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh giving a glimpse into their lives away from protocol and ceremony was released last night.

The royal couple are pictured as they are rarely seen – relaxing together during a summer break and taking in the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands on the Balmoral Estate.

No sermons will be delivered during the ceremonial royal service today, in accordance with Philip’s wishes.

The Dean of Windsor, in the tender, will pay tribute to Philip’s “kindness, humor and humanity”.

The Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal will lead the Duke of York, Earl of Wessex and other family members walking behind the Duke’s coffin, carried on a Land Rover hearse he helped design, during the funeral procession to which the queen will join, traveling by car.

The royal brothers, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, who have a difficult relationship, will not walk side by side but with their cousin Peter Phillips between them.

Among those in mourning will be the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex and her children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise.

Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were invited.

Also in attendance will be the children of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, three of Philip’s German parents and his close friend Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

Lord Chartres, a former bishop of London, said the Queen would be under “extraordinary pressure” at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral as she mourns her husband in public.

The retired Church of England bishop, who was supposed to be close to Philip, told BBC Radio 4 today: ‘I hope today people will really send a prayer for the Queen and for other royals because they have to cry in public is extraordinary pressure and something most of us wouldn’t really want to do.

“But it is part of their life and their world, and I hope today, and I am sure, that people will not forget the personal dimension of official ceremonies.

Here’s a look at what should happen and when:

2 p.m. – The Lord Chamberlain, the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and the Dean of Windsor will be present in the inner room.

2:10 p.m. – The dean will say prayers before leaving by car for St George’s Chapel.

At 2.15 p.m. – Service representatives are in place in the quadrangle to show Philip’s special military connections. The Quadrangle will also be bordered by the Household Cavalry and the Foot Guards.

2:17 p.m. – The Grenadier Guards fanfare will be at Engine Court.

Between 2:20 p.m. and 2:27 p.m. – Members of the royal family and relatives of Philip who are not participating in the procession will leave Windsor Castle by car to the chapel.

2:27 p.m. – The Land Rover, on which the coffin will be placed, enters the Quadrangle via George IV Gate where the site groups begin to play music.

The heads of service, the major general commanding the household division and his staff leave from the entrance to Equerries and take their place at the entrance to the State. They will face the Land Rover. The cloth carriers take up positions on either side of the Land Rover and together they make their way to the state entrance.

2:38 p.m. – The coffin is lifted in the inner room.

2:40 p.m. – Members of Philip’s house take their positions in the procession and the orchestras stop playing music.

14:41 – The coffin emerges from the state entrance and is greeted by members of the royal family who walk in the procession. They will not wear uniforms. A royal salute is given by the service detachments, the heads of service, the cloth carriers, the major general commanding the household division and his staff give a royal salute. The coffin is placed on the Land Rover.

2:44 p.m. -The Queen, accompanied by a maid of honor, departs from the Sovereign’s entry into the Bentley State while the national anthem is played. The Bentley will pause when it reaches the rear of the motorcade so that the front portion of the motorcade can turn to face the direction of travel.

2:45 p.m. – The procession, which should last eight minutes, starts.

The firing of minute rifles by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn and the sound of the curfew tower bell will form the backdrop as members of the Royal Family who are already at St George’s Chapel stand by stand to attend the procession.

The Queen will be received by the Dean of Windsor who will show mourners at the service, including those who watched the procession, to their seats.

A royal salute is given by the Windsor Castle guard as the casket passes the parade ground.

The Grenadier Guards Marching Band will stop playing and march through the towns of Denton as the procession approaches. The Rifle Honor Guard, positioned in the Horseshoe Cloister, will give a royal salute and the national anthem will be played. The department heads, the major general commanding the household division and his staff will stop on the north side of the west steps and turn to face the coffin.

2:53 p.m. – The Land Rover arrives at the foot of the west steps of the chapel.

A portion of the Royal Navy piping will sound once the Land Rover comes to a stop and the cloth carriers take position.

The coffin will climb the steps and stop at the second landing as members of the Royal Family take up their positions on the steps.

3 p.m. – The silence of the National Minute, signaled by a cannon fired by the Royal Horse Artillery of the king’s troop, takes place.

After the minute’s silence, the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury receive the coffin which was followed by members of the Royal Family who marched in the procession.

As the doors of St George’s Chapel draw closer to the sound of continuing to play, the Land Rover, department heads, kingdom defense advisers, bodyguards, military knights of Windsor, as well as representatives of the services, will depart in silence during the funeral service.

After the silence of the National Minute, the coffin is placed on the Catafalque in the Quire and the members of the royal family who marched in the procession will take their places for the service which will last 50 minutes and will be led by the Dean of Windsor.

The Dean will give the commendation as the casket is lowered into the Royal Vault.

A lament will then be played by a Pipe Major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The bagpiper will walk from North Quire Alley to the Dean’s Cloister.

The Last Post will be sounded by the Royal Marines’ bugles from the west end of the Nave.

After a period of silence, the alarm clock will be sounded by the state trumpeters of the house cavalry from the west end of the nave. The bugles of the Royal Marines will sound action stations at the express request of the Duke of Edinburgh. The Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver the blessing, after which the national anthem will be sung by the four singers present.

After the service, the Queen and members of the Royal Family and Philip’s parents will leave the Chapel through the Porch of Galilee.

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Source: www.theargus.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-04-17 09:42:55