Buckingham Palace has released information about Prince Philip’s funeral service, including the songs that will be performed and how the royal family will pay tribute to his military service.
The specifics of Prince Philip’s funeral service, which will take place on Saturday, April 17 at 3 p.m., have been published by Buckingham Palace.
At the private ceremony at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, the Duke of Edinburgh, who served in WWII, will be honoured with nods to his military past.
According to the palace’s most recent press release, Philip settled on funeral arrangements during his lifetime to represent “The Duke’s close military affiliations, and personal elements of His Royal Highness’ life.”
No members of the royal family are expected to deliver eulogies in honor of Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth for 73 years. Prince Charles, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry will be among the 29 relatives who will attend Her Majesty’s funeral.
The family members will gather at the Galilee Porch to watch the procession and await the arrival of the Queen, according to the Order of Service obtained by Diginews.live. Right Reverend David Conner, Dean of Windsor, will greet the Queen and guide the guests to their seats.
The coffin will be removed from the Land Rover at the start of the event and taken to the West Steps for a minute of National Silence at 3 p.m. After that, the coffin will be taken to the Quire’s Catafalque.
The Dean of Windsor, along with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, will lead Philip’s funeral service and deliver prayers.
The Bidding will be delivered by the Dean, who will say, “We recall the many respects in which his long life has been a gift to us with grateful hearts. His unwavering devotion to our Queen, his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, and his bravery, fortitude, and faith have all inspired us.” “Our lives have been enriched by the obstacles that he has set us, the inspiration that he has brought us, his compassion, humour, and humanity,” the speech continues.
A four-person choir will perform songs chosen by Philip prior to his death, such as the Royal Navy song “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” which is related to his military service. At Philip’s order, the choir will also perform Benjamin Britten’s “Jubilate in C,” which he commissioned for St. George’s Chapel Choir, as well as an adaptation of Psalm 104 set to music by William Lovelady. The Duke enjoyed the piece after hearing it at a concert celebrating his 75th birthday in 1996.
When the coffin is being lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean will say The Commendation prayer.
The Pipe Major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will perform a lament in recognition of Philip’s service as Royal Colonel of The Highlanders (4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland).
The buglers of the Royal Marines would then sound the “Last Post” and “Action Stations” toward the end of the operation, as the Duke of Edinburgh was Captain General of the Royal Marines for more than six decades.
According to the announcement, “This is usually an announcement that will be made on a naval warship to signal that all hands should go to battle stations, which was ordered by His Royal Highness.” The funeral will end with the Archbishop of Canterbury offering a blessing, accompanied by the choir singing the National Anthem.