When Prince Philip passed away earlier this year at the age of 99, his funeral services were greatly simplified due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
As the College of Arms confirmed at the time, "His Royal Highness’s body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral in St George’s Chapel. This is in line with custom and with His Royal Highness’s wishes."
The statement continued: "The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and it is regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral."
Only a small guest list was allowed at the service, and one of the most poignant images of the year was the Queen sitting by herself in the chapel during the funeral. Because of coronavirus precautions, all guests who were not members of the same household were required to sit two meters (roughly six feet) apart, leaving the British monarch to mourn by herself.
But last week (December 24), Buckingham Palace announced that a service of Thanksgiving in honour of Prince Philip will take place next year at Westminster Abbey.
"The Queen has agreed that a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will take place in the spring of 2022 at Westminster Abbey," reads the statement. Details are slim at this point, but per the release, they will be announced "in due course."
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