THE ROYAL FUNERAL: As rehearsals continue, here’s how the Duke’s funeral will look
The military have been rehearsing all week for their pivotal role in the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
The Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the Army will be in the grounds of Windsor Castle, taking part in the procession and carrying out the playing of The Last Post. Sergeant Bugler Jamie Ritchie is part of the important ceremony.
Military duties begin hours before the funeral itself, with Philip’s coffin – covered with his personal standard and surmounted with his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers – are to be moved at 11am by a Bearer Party, from the private chapel to the inner hall of Windsor Castle.
By 2.15pm, the service detachments recognising Philip’s special military relationships will be in position, with The Band of the Grenadier Guards, of which Philip was Colonel for 42 years, will lead the procession to St George’s Chapel.
Philip had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and while he gave up active service in 1951, he remained closely connected to it and other military elements throughout his public life.
The coffin, transported from the castle to the chapel in a specially-modified Land Rover Philip helped to design, will be flanked by pallbearers drawn from the duke’s special relationships – the Royal Marines, regiments, corps and air stations.
Despite the public urged to stay away, Tone Mendez who runs the Clairmont's cafe on Windsor's high street, is expecting his tills to be ringing throughout the day.
William and Harry, whose troubled relationship has been well documented, will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips when the trio walk in a line behind their grandfather’s coffin at Windsor Castle.
A palace spokesman said the Queen and her family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to hear so many people – both young and old – sharing fond memories of the duke.
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