Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died at Windsor Castle on 9 April at the age of 99. He was the country’s longest-serving concert – the name was used to describe the spouse of a monarchy – and his marriage to the queen was 73 years old.
“She is the queen she will treat with the extraordinary dignity and extraordinary courage she always undertakes,” said Welby, who would make a blessing at the funeral service.
On Saturday morning, the Duke’s coffin was moved from the private chapel to the inner hall of Windsor Castle, where he was resting from the day of his death.
Attendees will include senior members of the royal family and close friends of the Duke, Bernhard, the hereditary prince of Baden, Penny Brabourne, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, and the landgrave prince Princetus of Hess.
After completing naval service in 1953, Philip maintained close ties with the military community throughout his life, including the rank of Captain-General of the Royal Marines.
Ahead of the ceremony, the Duke’s coffin – which will be draped with his personal flag, and his sword, navy cap and a garland of flowers planted on top – will be carried from the Windsor Castle to the chapel led by the procession band of Grenadier Guards. By.
A procession on the vehicle will be followed by senior members of the family including Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William and Prince Harry. They would all be dressed in civilian clothes.
Some of Duke’s close associates, including his personal secretary and personal security officer, will follow in the procession.
Meanwhile, the rest of the congregation, which includes Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Princess Beatrice; Princess Eugenie and other family members will arrive in the chapel by car.
Prince Harry’s wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, will not be in attendance after her doctor advises her against international travel.
The queen would arrive separately in the chapel, attended by a woman waiting.
Guns will be fired at intervals of one minute and the bell of the curfew tower will ring in front of the funeral service, while a national minute of silence will mark its beginning.
Inside the chapel, all members of the congregation will cover a face according to public health regulations.
The Duke was involved in planning his own funeral service, selecting music, and making sure the ceremony reflected his military affiliation and personal interests.
The service will be operated by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner and the Archbishop of Canterbury Wellby and is expected to last 50 minutes. Among the readings will be Excelsistas 43 and John 11.
A four-man choir with the organ will sing a piece selected by the duke, including Benjamin Breton’s “Jubilate in the Sea,” a piece he commissioned for St. George’s Chapel Choir. Consistent with coronovirus restrictions, the congregation will not sing along with the vocals.
The choir may also have sung an adaptation of Psalm 104, which was requested to be set to music by Duke William Lovelady. The piece was sung to commemorate Prince Philip’s 75th birthday.
The dean will then give the accolade and the Duke’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault, where several members of the royal family are laid to rest. The vault, installed below the chapel, was built by George III, one of several kings buried within.
The vault will not be Philip’s last resting place. When the queen dies, she will be transferred to the King George VI Memorial Chapel to lie next to her.
At the Duke’s request, the end of the funeral service will be marked by the Buglers of the Royal Marines embarking on “action stations”, a declaration that would traditionally be made on a naval warship to indicate that all hands should be stationed at war stations. Should go on
The Archbishop of Canterbury will then pronounce the blessing. The ceremony will then conclude with the national anthem.
Tributes to Prince Philip have come from well-wishers around the world, many of whom have commented on the Duke’s extraordinary life and his service to the Queen.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1939, the same year he met Elizabeth for the first time, and served during World War II. They married in 1947 and, after the Queen ascended the throne in 1952, he left the post of lieutenant commander to accompany her in her royal duties.
He took an active role in the royal family before retiring from public engagement in 2017.
The royal family entered a two-week period of mourning after his death, and many broadcasters in the UK postponed major events as a mark of respect.
Harry’s brother William, Duke of Cambridge, said Prince Philip was “an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation” with an “adventurous spirit”.
CNN’s Lauren Sad-Moorhouse, Laura Smith-Spark, Angela Dewan, Sarah Dean, Luke McGhee and Eoin McSweeney contributed to this report.