How Prince Philip's funeral will be different from previous royal burials for an important reason

Megan Sutton
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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Following the sad news that Prince Philip has died at the age of 99, we know that the Duke's funeral will take place this Saturday (17th April) at 3pm and will be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. In the original funeral plans, around 800 mourners would have been invited, but due to pandemic restrictions, now only 30 guests will be allowed to attend the service.

It's yet to be confirmed exactly which royals will attend, although it's known that Prince Harry will be there, while his wife Meghan Markle is unable to fly from the US to the UK due to being heavily pregnant.

Other reported details about the Duke's funeral have emerged, including that it will be an eco-friendly event. According to The Sun, the funeral will honour Philip's long commitment to environmentalism with 'green' touches.

Philip helped with the design of a modified Land Rover back in 2005, and this vehicle will be prominent in the funeral, transporting his coffin through Windsor Castle's grounds to the chapel. It's believed that it's a hybrid electric vehicle.

The chosen undertakers, Leverton and Sons, have a history of eco-friendly credentials, too. They were founding members of the Association of Green Funeral Directors and used Britain’s first all-electric hearse.

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On top of this, the palace is reportedly considering a casket made from wool, made by AW Hainsworth, a company previously praised by Prince Charles, which also made the military uniforms for Princes William and Harry which were worn at their weddings.

Wool coffins are made from readily biodegradable materials and are strengthened by robust recycled cardboard. Inside, they are lined with organic cotton are the edges are finished with jute.

The eco-friendly funeral plans haven't been officially confirmed, however as Prince Philip showed a determined commitment to environmentalism throughout his life, it seems plausible that he'd want his funeral to be as green as possible.

Cosmopolitan has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

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