Funeral to celebrate ‘unwavering loyalty’ to the Queen

Funeral to celebrate 'unwavering loyalty' to the Queen
Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip’s “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen, “courage” and service to the nation will be celebrated at his funeral later.

Prince Philip’s love of the sea and association with the Royal Navy will be a focus of the Windsor Castle ceremony.

But no sermon will be delivered, in line with the Duke’s wishes.

More than 730 armed forces members are taking part in the event, but there is a limit of 30 mourners at St George’s Chapel, under UK’s Covid rules.

The ceremonial royal funeral of Duke of Edinburgh will be broadcast on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 12:30 BST. The service itself will start after a national minute’s silence at 15:00.

Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April, aged 99.

Prince Philip’s body is now resting in the private chapel at Windsor Castle before being moved to the State Entrance.

It will be placed on a modified Jaguar Land Rover that Philip himself helped to design, and carried in a procession the short distance to St George’s Chapel.

The Dean of Windsor will conduct the funeral service, with the Archbishop of Canterbury pronouncing the blessing.

According to Buckingham Palace, the Order of Service says the Dean of Windsor will pay tribute to Prince Philip’s “kindness, humour and humanity” and the “many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us”.

“We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith,” he will say during his bidding.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the funeral plans had been modified to take into account public health guidelines.

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