The mourning process has begun to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh (Picture: Danny Lawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The date of the Duke of Edinburgh’s’ funeral is not yet known, but as the Queen enters an eight day period of grieving, many are wondering exactly what proceedings will look like.
So, what exactly is a ceremonial service, and how is it different to a state funeral?
What’s the difference between a state and a ceremonial funeral?
State funerals in the UK are normally reserved for monarchs, although there have been exceptions.
The death of King George VI in 1952 was marked with a state funeral – the last time a reigning head of state died.
The last two people to have state funerals in the UK (Picture: Getty)
A series of traditions, including the moving of the deceased’s body in a gun carriage, the ringing on Big Ben, and the firing of military guns have become a part of the arrangement.
Sir Winston Churchill was granted a state funeral in 1965, the last one to occur in the UK.
Non-Royal figures who have been given the honour also include those of scientist Sir Isaac Newton, Admiral Nelson and the nurse Edith Cavill.
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was reportedly offered a state funeral before her death in 2013, instead choosing a ceremonial service.
State funerals usually include a period of lying-in-state, which Prince Philip had requested not happen in the event of his death.
He will be remembered through a ceremonial funeral, as he famously asked for ‘no fuss’ around the occasion.
While – unsurprisingly – the event will still be high profile, the difference allows for a more private affair.
The Duke had asked to be laid to rest at Frogmore Cottage, and that only family and Commonwealth dignitaries attend the service.
Thousands lined the streets for Diana, Princess of Wales’ funeral (Picture: STR/AFP via Getty)
Other ceremonial funerals in recent years have included that of Diana, the Princess of Wales, and the Queen Mother’s in 2002.
The public have been discouraged from attending due to concerns around the transmission of coronavirus.
However many mourners have already gathered outside both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, with cards, flowers and memorials being laid.
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Prince Philip dead: Duke Of Edinburgh dies aged 99
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.’
Queen Elizabeth II is now in an eight-day period of mourning following his death.