The royal family attend Prince Philip's funeral at Windsor

Francesca Rice
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Prince Philip's funeral has begun in Windsor. Her Majesty the Queen and senior royals, including Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are attending the late Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, which is taking place at St George's Chapel and began at 3pm.

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Prince Harry, who flew over from Los Angeles, is also in attendance at his grandfather's funeral.

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In compliance with current coronavirus restrictions, only 30 mourners are attending the service. The guest list includes Prince Philip and the Queen's other grandchildren, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.

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The late Duke of Edinburgh's coffin was transported in a funeral procession for the short distance to St George's Chapel from Windsor Castle - where his body has been resting and where he passed away peacefully on 9 April - in a modified Land Rover hearse.

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Prince Philip's four children, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne, as well as his grandsons, Prince William, Prince Harry and Peter Philips, walked with the coffin to the chapel, while the Queen travelled behind them in the state Bentley.

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The procession set off at 2.45pm and was led by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, in honour of the fact that Prince Philip spent 42 years as its Colonel. Pall Bearers also travelled with the coffin, including members of the Royal Marines.

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Prince Philip is receiving a quieter, more private service than would usually be expected for a member of the royal family, partly due to the ongoing pandemic but also in accordance with his wishes.

All of the mourners are wearing face masks, and arrangements for the service have been modified to comply with social distancing rules. Her Majesty the Queen is sitting alone during the service.

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Those attending are wearing morning coats with medals or day dress, rather than military uniforms.

On arrival, Prince Philip's coffin was received by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury, while the song Carry On was played by the Royal Navy Piping Party, as the doors to the chapels closed.

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The full breakdown of the funeral process is listed on the Royal Family website, and the service is being led by the Dean of Windsor. The blessing will be pronounced by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

In the Bidding, the Dean of Windsor paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh's "kindness, humour and humanity", and celebrated his "unwavering loyalty" to the Queen.

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In accordance with his wishes, no sermon is being given, while the service pays tribute to his association to the Royal Navy. Music will include Eternal Father, Strong to Save by William Whiting, a British hymn that is associated with seafarers and the maritime armed services.

As the funeral began at 3pm, a national minute's silence took place, signalled by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

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Following the service, the Duke of Edinburgh will be interred in the Royal Vault of the chapel.

Prince Philip's funeral is being broadcast on major TV channels, including the BBC and ITV, as well as over UK and international radio.

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