LONDON — Towards the top of the fastidiously choreographed, 50-minute deliberate funeral service for Prince Philip, scheduled for Saturday, the “Final Submit” might be performed by musicians from Britain’s Royal Marines. However the navy buglers will then have one additional responsibility requested particularly by Prince Philip: sounding so-called Motion Stations — a name used on naval warships to summon crew to battle readiness.
Asserting the funeral plans, Buckingham Palace stated on Thursday that the ceremony will mirror the non-public needs of Prince Philip, who had a distinguished naval profession, serving within the Second World Warfare, earlier than changing into consort to Queen Elizabeth.
However — at a time when many households have misplaced family to Covid-19 and pandemic restrictions stay in place — the preparations mirrored the diminished scale of an event trimmed to adjust to authorities guidelines.
The funeral is scheduled for Saturday at three p.m. and might be televised however will happen behind the formidable partitions of Windsor Citadel. With Covid-19 considerations in thoughts, Buckingham Palace has urged individuals to remain away, saying there might be nothing for the general public to see.
Solely 30 mourners will enter St. George’s Chapel, the place the service might be held, and all will put on masks and sit socially distanced, together with the queen.
The proceedings appear designed to ease tensions throughout the royal household the place potential. No navy uniforms might be worn, a call that avoids singling out Prince Harry, who misplaced his navy titles after stepping apart from royal duties and will have been the one senior male royal in civilian clothes — regardless of having served in Afghanistan for the British Military.
Saturday’s ceremony would be the first time Prince Harry has reunited along with his household since he stated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey final month that his brother and father had been trapped in an sad life as royals. However he is not going to be positioned instantly subsequent to his brother, Prince William, in a brief funeral procession that may happen by the grounds of Windsor Citadel.
Throughout the procession, the coffin might be moved to St. George’s Chapel. The procession might be led by the band of the Grenadier Guards, a regiment of which Prince Philip was colonel for 42 years.
Queen Elizabeth will arrive on the chapel by automobile, however Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward, in addition to Princess Anne and Princes William and Harry, will comply with the coffin on foot as it’s pushed the quick distance to the chapel on a modified Land Rover four-wheel drive.
Not solely did Prince Philip select this car, he’s additionally thought to have helped with its modification as a part of plans that he permitted.
In regular occasions crowds would have gathered as would lots of of mourners who would have been invited to attend. However, with numbers so restricted, even Prime Minister Boris Johnson shouldn’t be attending.
The choir might be diminished to simply 4 individuals, and mourners is not going to be inspired to sing. On the finish of the ceremony — after a lament has been performed, the buglers have carried out, and the nationwide anthem been sung by the choir — the coffin might be lowered into the chapel’s Royal Vault.
Funerals for senior members of the royal household are deliberate upfront as contingencies and given code names primarily based on completely different bridges. In Prince Philip’s case, the code identify was Forth Bridge, a reference to the town of Edinburgh, and the prince’s title because the Duke of Edinburgh.
Buckingham Palace has not stated when Prince Philip final permitted his funeral plans, or whether or not he did so as soon as Covid-19 restrictions had been in place, requiring the ceremony to be slimmed down.
However planning for the funeral first started so way back that the prince was stated to have as soon as remarked that a number of of those that helped to design it by no means lived to see it, having predeceased him.