Until this Saturday 17th, the day of Prince Philip’s ceremonial funeral, the United Kingdom must remain in national mourning. National flags and union jacks, which represent the continuation of monarchy, will fly at half-mast on all government buildings and certain royal edifices. The Royal family, however, will continue to manifest their grief by wearing black mourning bands on specific occasions.
Preparations for the Duke’s private funeral ceremony are already in place. Instead of a state funeral, often carried out for monarchs, the defunct had previously requested a more private, ceremonial funeral. Following his askings, the duke of Edinburgh’s coffin was placed to rest in a private chapel inside Windsor Palace until the ceremonial day, rather than sited somewhere available to the public eye.
The event, consisting of moving the duke from the private chapel towards St George’s Chapel accompanied by a military march and a funeral service, is expected to take place during the afternoon. The ceremony will be televised and, due to Coronavirus restrictions on funeral attendance capacity, a selected crowd of 30 will be present. By the end of the service, the duke will be placed in the royal vault.