Will there be a state funeral for Prince Philip?

The Editors
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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has sadly passed away at the age of 99. The Royal Family announced the news via a statement on social media, stating ‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.’

While the country comes to terms with the tragic loss of such a prominent figure and the tributes pour in, many are already asking questions about what kind of funeral will be held for the Duke. Traditionally, when the Monarch passes away, they will receive a state funeral. As the consort to the Monarch, Prince Philip would be entitled instead to a ceremonial funeral, such as was put in place for Princess Diana after her untimely death in 1997, as well as when the Queen Mother passed away.

As part of these kinds of national occasions, there would likely be a Bank Holiday for the people of the United Kingdom to mourn collectively, plus other traditions such as the coffin being transported by gun carriages, public processions of military bands, and a time where the body ‘lies in state’ at a royal location.

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According to the Independent however, this was not something that Prince Philip wanted, instead insisting he would prefer there not to be a ‘fuss’. The expectation then, is that the funeral may be a smaller, more intimate affair with perhaps just the family in attendance and no public holiday. This would also make sense if taking into account that covid rules currently only allow for small funerals (30 people) and wakes (15 people) to take place.

Of course, we don't yet know any formal details regarding the funeral, but the Royal Family has said that 'further announcements will be made in due course' and we'll update this story when we know more.

Our thoughts are with all of the royal family on this very sad day.

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