THE funeral service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is underway.
The Queen, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Charles have all arrived at St George’s Chapel as they prepare to say a final farewell to Prince Philip.
The Duke’s coffin was moved at 11am by a bearer party from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards to the royal residence’s inner hall.
Prince Philip had a close association with the regiment serving as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards for 42 years.
The Duke’s association with the Royal Navy and love of the sea will be a focus of the Windsor Castle ceremony – but in line with his wishes there will be no sermon.
More than 730 members of the armed forces are taking part in the event, but there is a limit of 30 mourners at St George’s Chapel, under Covid rules.
The national anthem rang out as the Queen – joined by a Lady-in-Waiting – was taken in a Bentley to St George’s Chapel.
She is expected to sit alone during the service but will pause at his coffin to bid her beloved husband of 73 years farewell as he is laid to rest.
The actual service itself will start after a national minute’s silence at 3pm.
Read our Prince Philip funeral live blog below for the latest updates…
QUEEN MAKES HER WAY INSIDE ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL
Her Majesty the Queen has arrived at the chapel and has made her way inside.
QUEEN IN MOURNING EMERGES FOR BELOVED PHILIP’S FUNERAL
The Queen has emerged from Windsor Castle to lead the royal family in mourning at the funeral of her beloved husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Dressed in a face mask and in sombre black, it was the first time the monarch, grieving for her devoted companion of 73 years, has been officially seen in public since Philip died eight days ago.
Accompanied by her loyal lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey, the Queen made her way from the Sovereign’s Entrance in the State Bentley, as the national anthem was played, to join part of the solemn funeral procession.
Philip’s coffin, draped in his striking 12ft personal standard and decorated with a wreath of flowers specially chosen by the monarch, and his Admiral of the Fleet Naval Cap and sword, was ready and waiting.
It had been lifted into place by Grenadier Guardsmen onto the rear of the dark bronze green Land Rover Defender hearse the duke designed himself.
QUEEN’S BENTLEY FOLLOWS PROCESSION
The procession is making its way towards the chapel.
The Queen is with her Lady in Waiting in the Bentley and is following behind senior royals.
PHILIP PROCESSION STARTS
Senior members of the royal family are walking behind Philip on his final journey.
The Duke’s coffin is being carried by a Land Rover.
It is being followed by Harry, William, Charles, Anne, Edward and Andrew.
THE QUEEN HAS ARRIVED AT ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL
The national anthem is playing out as Her Majesty arrives at the chapel.
She is being driven in her Bentley and has stopped at the quadrant.
DUKE COFFIN BEING PLACED ON LAND ROVER, ROYAL FAMILY IN FORMATION
Prince Philip has been placed on to the Jeep, as per his wishes.
The royal family are getting ready to walk behind the coffin.
Harry, William, Andrew, Anne and Charles are waiting in formation.
DUKE’S COFFIN CARRIED BY PALL BEARERS TO LAND ROVER
The duke’s coffin has begun its journey to St George’s Chapel with the bearer party lifting it from its resting place in the castle’s inner hall and walking towards the state entrance.
Members of Philip’s household who will walk behind the royal family in his funeral procession are taking up their positions.
The most senior figure is the duke’s private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell and he is joined by Philip’s former Metropolitan Police personal protection officer and his two former valets and two ex-pages
ROYAL FAMILY PREPARE TO SAY FAREWELL TO PHILIP
Members of the royal family have gathered at Windsor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s final farewell.
The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex, in mourning black and wearing face masks, were among those leaving the historic castle by car to make the short journey to the chapel.
Covid regulations reduced the scope of the service with public elements cancelled, mourners reduced from around 800 to just 30, and all guests wearing face coverings and sitting apart.
The Queen, mourning the husband she was married to for 73 years, will lead the royal family in St George’s Chapel on Saturday.
The 50-minute service follows precise instructions left by Philip, who died peacefully eight days ago at the age of 99 – with his coffin transported on the Land Rover hearse he designed specifically for the occasion.
WATCH: PRINCE PHILIP FUNERAL – DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S LAND ROVER HEARSE AND HORSE CARRIAGE ARRIVE AT ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL
KATE MIDDLETON’S TRIBUTE TO DIANA AND THE QUEEN
KATE Middleton paid touching tribute to Princess Diana and The Queen as she wore Her Majesty’s pearl choker which was previously lent to her late mother-in-law to Prince Philip’s funeral.
‘OVERWHELMING FEELING OF SADNESS’ AS ARMED FORCES BID FAREWELL
Members of the armed forces will feel an “overwhelming feeling of sadness” on Saturday as they bid farewell to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Servicemen spoke fondly of the duke ahead of the funeral, praising him as an “absolutely amazing servant to this country”.
The Chief of the Defence Staff also paid tribute to the duke, saying Saturday will be a “sombre moment” but also a “celebratory moment” of a life well-lived.
Philip enjoyed an active naval career between 1939 and 1951, and was a veteran of the Second World War.
His strong connection with the military will be on show during proceedings on Saturday, with detachments drawn from units which had a link with Philip to be positioned on the grass in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle.
COUNTESS MOUNTBATTEN AND ZARA PHILIPS ARRIVE AT WINDSOR
Penny Brabourne, Countess Mountbatten of Burma has also been pictured arriving at Windsor for Prince Philip’s funeral.
Zara Philips and Mike Tindall have also arrived.
POLICE HELD BACK CROWDS AS SOLDIERS ARRIVED AT WINDSOR CASTLE
Five coaches each carrying dozens of people in military uniforms have driven into the main entrance at Windsor Castle.
The large white vehicles drove in just after 12.30pm on Saturday.
Traffic on the high street was temporarily blocked off by police officers on motorbikes while pedestrians were halted by stewards.
Staff close to the castle had a difficult time ensuring pedestrians were keeping the pathways clear after the coaches had driven in.
ARMED FORCES LEANING INTO FUNERAL ‘AS MUCH AS WE CAN’
Speaking of the planning that has gone into the funeral proceedings, Lieutenant-Colonel James Greaves said the Armed Forces have been “leaning into this as much as we can”.
He said: “It’s been really full tilt ahead ever since we heard of His Royal Highness’s passing. We as a regiment, as the Grenadier Guards, we were straight away putting our bearer party front and centre, and just making sure that we were correctly prepared.
“Collectively we’ve been training at Pirbright, it’s been socially distanced absolutely Covid-compliant, but clearly we have been leaning into this as much as we can.”
HARRY AND WILLIAM REUNITED BEFORE DUKE’S FUNERAL
PRINCE William and Harry will be reunited before their grandfather’s funeral as they meet for the first time in a year.
The Royal Family are set to gather together before they start the mournful procession behind Prince Philip’s coffin this afternoon.
It is thought the brothers haven’t spoken in person since Harry returned to the UK for the funeral.
But Harry reportedly made contact with Charles, William, Beatrice and Eugenie on the phone to “park any disputes”.
Therefore the gathering in the State Entrance Hall before the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin is carried from the State Entrance will be the first time they come face to face.
PRINCE PHILIP FUNERAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
PRINCE Philip will make his final journey in a Land Rover hearse he designed himself to St George’s chapel at Windsor castle this Saturday.
Prince Charles will lead the procession and will be met by 30 guests for the historic occasion.
In line with the Duke’s wishes, he will be laid to rest in a ceremonial – rather than state – funeral.
Action Stations, sounded on naval warships to signal all hands must go to battle stations, will be played at the request of the Duke.
Buglers of the Royal Marines will perform the wartime alert, a tradition sometimes associated with naval funerals, in honour of Philip’s active service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.
ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY NOW AT ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL
The Archbishop of Canterbury is now at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, ahead of this afternoon’s service.
The Most Rev Justin Welby will preside over the funeral alongside the Dean of Windsor.
They will receive the coffin after the minute’s silence marking the start of the funeral.
LORD CHAMBERLAIN ARRIVES AT HALL WHERE DUKE’S COFFIN IS LYING
Baron Parker, who is the Lord Chamberlain – the most senior official in the Queen’s household and in overall charge of the funeral, has moved to the inner hall where the duke’s coffin is lying.
He has been joined by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, who will conduct the service, and retired Admiral Sir James Francis Perowne, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle.
PRINCE PHILLIP FUNERAL – THE GRENADIER GUARDS STAND READY AND THE DISMOUNTED HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MARCH DOWN CHAPEL HILL
BRITAIN TO OBSERVE NATIONAL ONE MINUTE SILENCE AT 3PM IN HONOUR OF PHILIP
A national minute’s silence will take place at 3pm before the 50-minute service honouring Philip’s 70-plus years of duty to the Queen and country begins.
Buglers from the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations to reflect Philip’s life-long association with the Royal Navy.
The song is played on a warship to signal all hands should go to battle stations and is sometimes featured at the funerals of naval men.
HUNDREDS GATHER TO WATCH MOUNTED TROOPS RIDE TO WINDSOR CASTLE
Hundreds of people gathered in the midday sunshine to watch as the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery processed along the Long Walk in Windsor ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Dozens of riders, wearing black, gold and red uniforms and carrying three guns, rode up to Cambridge Gate where tributes to the duke have been laid throughout the week.
Members of the regiment will fire guns from the east lawn of Windsor Castle as Philip’s coffin is taken from the castle to the chapel on Saturday afternoon.
Crowds grew steadily throughout Saturday morning with members of the public arriving to pay their respects to the duke.
Some were seen wearing custom face masks bearing Philip’s face.
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