Prince Philip's funeral: Duke's coffin will be first moved at 11am

Prince Philip’s funeral minute-by-minute: Duke’s coffin will be first moved at 11am before painstakingly-planned procession that will end with national minute’s silence at 3pm

The minute-by-minute arrangements for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday have been revealed today.

The ceremonial aspects of the day will reflect the Duke of Edinburgh’s military affiliations and personal elements of his life.

But due to the pandemic restrictions still in place on services in England the 30 mourners will all wear face coverings.

Male members of the Royal Family will also wear morning coats with their medals on while females wear day dresses after a fall out over wearing military uniform.

The day will start at 11am when Prince Philip’s coffin is moved from the private chapel to the Inner Hall of Windsor Castle by members of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

The lead-lined English oak casket will be covered with his personal standard, sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers.

The minute-by-minute arrangements for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday have been revealed today and are shown above, starting at 11am and finishing just after 3pm

Wardens stand outside Windsor Castle today following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99 last Friday

At 2pm the Lord Chamberlain, the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and the Dean of Windsor will be in the Inner Hall ahead of the service.

Ten minutes later the Dean will say prayers before leaving by car to St George’s Chapel.

From 2.15pm representatives from the services will be in place in the Quadrangle to show Philip’s special military relationships.

TV viewers will see the Quadrangle lined by the Household Cavalry and The Foot Guards.

Two minutes later the band of the Grenadier Guards will be in Engine Court. From 2.20pm and 2.27pm Members of the royal family and Philip’s relatives who are not taking part in the procession will leave Windsor Castle by car to make the journey to the chapel.

From here the iconic Land Rover – upon which the coffin will be placed – will enter the Quadrangle via George IV Gate where bands at the site will begin to play music.

The Land Rover Defender hearse that will carry Philip’s coffin is seen for the first time as it is driven into Windsor Castle today

The service chiefs, the Major General commanding the Household Division and his staff will leave from the Equerries Entrance and take their position by the State Entrance.

They will face the Land Rover. The pall bearers will take up position either side of the Land Rover and together they will move towards the State Entrance.

At 2.38pm the coffin will be lifted in the Inner Hall. Then from 2.40pm members of Philip’s household will take up their positions in the procession and the bands will stop playing music.

A minute later the coffin will emerge from the State Entrance and is to be met by members of the Royal Family who will walk in the procession.

They will not be wearing uniforms. A royal salute will be given by the service detachments, the service chiefs, the pall bearers, the Major General commanding the Household Division and his staff will give a royal salute.

The coffin will be placed on to the Land Rover.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery move up the Long Walk at Windsor Castle today during a rehearsal for the funeral

From 2.44pm the Queen, accompanied by a lady-in-waiting, will leave from the Sovereign’s Entrance in the State Bentley as the national anthem is played.

The Bentley will pause as it reaches the rear of the procession so the front section of the procession can turn to face the direction of travel.

At 2.45pm the procession, which is planned to take eight minutes, will set off.

The firing of minute guns by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn and the sound of the Curfew Tower Bell will form the backdrop as members of the royal family who are already at St George’s Chapel stand to view the procession.

The Queen will be received by the Dean of Windsor who will show the mourners at the service, including those who have been watching the procession, to their seats.

A royal salute will be given by the Windsor Castle Guard as the coffin passes the Parade Ground.

The Band of the Grenadier Guards will stop playing and march through into Denton’s Commons as the procession approaches.

The Rifles Guard of Honour, positioned in Horseshoe Cloister, will give a royal salute and the national anthem will be played.

Sailors during rehearsals for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, in a photo released today

Troops leave Windsor Castle today after a rehearsal for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral which takes place on Saturday

The service chiefs, the Major General commanding the Household Division and his staff will halt on the north side of the West Steps and turn to face the coffin.

At 2.53pm the Land Rover will arrive at the foot of the West Steps of the chapel. A Royal Navy piping party will sound once the Land Rover stops and the pall bearers take their positions.

The coffin will be carried up the steps and halt on the second landing as members of the royal family take their positions on the steps.

Then from 3pm will be the National Minute’s Silence, signalled by a gun fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

After this, the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury will receive the coffin which has been followed by the members of the royal family who have walked in the procession.

As the doors to St George’s Chapel close to the sound of Carry On being played, the Land Rover, service chiefs, realm defence advisers, bodyguards, military knights of Windsor, along with representatives of services, will leave in silence during the funeral service.

The Prince of Wales appears emotional as he views the tributes with the Duchess of Cornwall at Marlborough House today

After the National Minute’s Silence, the coffin will be placed on the Catafalque in the Quire and members of the royal family who have walked in the procession will take their places for the service which is set to last 50 minutes and will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor.

The Dean will give the commendation as the coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault. A lament will then be played by a Pipe Major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The piper will walk from the North Quire Aisle to The Dean’s Cloister. The Last Post will be sounded by buglers of the Royal Marines from the west end of the Nave.

After a period of silence, the Reveille will be sounded by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry from the west end of the Nave.

The buglers of the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations and this is at the specific request of The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing, after which the national anthem will be sung by the four singers present.

After the service : The Queen and members of the royal family and Philip’s relatives will leave the chapel via the Galilee Porch.

Who’s who on the guest list for Prince Philip’s funeral?

The Queen had the difficult choice of selecting just 30 guests for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. Here is a look at who has been confirmed as attending:

1. The Queen

The nation’s longest-serving head of state, who was married to the duke for 73 years, will lead mourners as they gather in St George’s Chapel on Saturday. Elizabeth II has reigned for 69 years and faces the remainder of her time on the throne without her loyal consort at her side.


2. The Prince of Wales

Future king Charles, the Queen and Philip’s eldest son, is the nation’s longest-serving heir to the throne. He will process with other members of the royal family as they walk behind the specially modified Land Rover carrying Philip’s coffin through the castle grounds.

3. The Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, once a royal mistress now a future Queen, will be supporting her husband Charles during his time of grief. The duchess, who has carved out a royal role for herself promoting literacy and campaigning against domestic abuse, is known for her down-to-earth and friendly nature, and will be a pillar of strength for the prince.

4. The Duke of York

Andrew will make his first appearance at an official royal event at the funeral since stepping down in 2019 from royal duties after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Virginia Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein as a teenager, said she was left ‘horrified and ashamed’ after an alleged sexual encounter with the duke in London in 2001. Andrew, who was previously dubbed Air Miles Andy amid criticism of his globe-trotting, denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.

5. The Earl of Wessex

Edward, the Queen and Philip’s youngest son, worked closely with his father on his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

6. The Countess of Wessex

Edward’s wife Sophie is being hailed as a great source of comfort for the Queen as she mourns for Philip. The monarch had a close relationship with the former PR executive, who has been visiting the Queen at Windsor in the days following Philip’s death.

7. The Princess Royal

Anne, the Queen and Philip’s only daughter, is often seen as the most hard-working member of the royal family. The princess has the same no-nonsense abrupt attitude as her father. She is known for keeping to the same bouffant hairstyle for decades.

8. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence

Anne’s husband is a familiar face at official royal engagements but the dependable royal rarely takes centre stage. The naval officer, who wed the princess in 1992 the same year she divorced her first spouse Captain Mark Phillips, has told of his and Anne’s shared love of the sea, but admitted he does not share her affection for horses.


9. The Duke of Cambridge

Second in line to the throne William – the Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales’s eldest son – has paid tribute to the duke as an ‘extraordinary man’. The funeral will be the first time the future monarch has been seen at an official event with his brother the Duke of Sussex since Harry quit as a senior royal and carried out his bombshell Oprah interview.

10. The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate, a future Queen, will be at husband William’s side. It will be the first major royal funeral the duchess has attended. Seen as both calm and caring, Kate has taken to her royal role with ease over the years.

11. The Duke of Sussex

Harry, who has rushed back from the US, is self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage. His attendance is the first time he will have been seen publicly with the Windsors since he and Meghan accused an unnamed royal of making racist remarks about his son’s skin tone before he was born, and the institution of failing to support a suicidal Meghan.

12. Princess Beatrice

Beatrice is the eldest daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York. The 32-year-old has a full-time job at Afiniti, an artificial intelligence software firm, where she is vice president of partnerships and strategy.

13. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Beatrice wed millionaire property tycoon Edo, a long-time family friend of the Yorks, in a secret lockdown ceremony last summer, with the Queen and Philip among the handful of guests. He is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Williams-Ellis. Beatrice is stepmother to his young son Wolfie.

14. Princess Eugenie

Eugenie is Andrew and Sarah’s youngest daughter and Philip’s death has happened just weeks after the 31-year-old princess became a first-time mother. Her son August has the middle name Philip in tribute to his great-grandfather. Eugenie works as a director at the contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth in London.

15. Jack Brooksbank

Eugenie’s husband is European brand director of Casamigos Tequila, co-founded by the actor George Clooney. They wed in St George’s Chapel in 2018.

16. Lady Louise Windsor

Lady Louise is the 17-year-old daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and was close to her grandparents, particularly the Queen. She has embraced the pastimes associated with her grandfather, taking up carriage driving and starting her Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.

17. Viscount Severn

Lady Louise’s brother, 13-year-old James is the youngest of Queen and Philip’s grandchildren, and lives with his family at Bagshot Park, Surrey, 10 miles from Windsor Castle. Mischievous James was seen prodding his sister on the back of her legs with a rubbish grabber when he attended a beach litter-picking engagement last year.

18. Peter Phillips

The 43-year-old is the eldest son of the Princess Royal and was the duke’s first grandchild. He has the key role of walking between his cousins William and Harry in the procession to the chapel. Mr Phillips, who announced his divorce from wife Autumn last year, runs the UK arm of events and sponsorship agency Sports and Entertainment Ltd (SEL). In 2016, his agency organised the Patron’s Lunch celebration in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

19. Zara Tindall

Anne’s daughter gave birth to her third child – the Queen and Philip’s 10th great-grandchild – less than four weeks ago. She named her son Lucas Philip, with his middle name in honour of both the duke and husband Mike Tindall’s father. The champion equestrian rider won a silver medal in the London 2012 Olympics with Team GB.

20. Mike Tindall

Zara’s husband Mike is a former England rugby player, known for his relaxed approach to life and stints on celebrity shows The Jump and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive. He recounted the entertaining tale of how baby Lucas was born on the bathroom floor at home when there was not enough time for Zara to get to hospital, on a rugby podcast he co-hosts.


21. Earl of Snowdon

The earl, formerly Viscount Linley, is the eldest child of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret. He runs his own company making bespoke furniture under his professional name, David Linley, and separated from his wife Serena after 26 years in 2020.

22. Lady Sarah Chatto

Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah has a strong bond with the Queen, who is said to adore her only niece. She keeps out of the royal limelight and is also said to be close to her cousin Charles, sharing a love of painting at Balmoral together.

23. Daniel Chatto

Lady Sarah Chatto’s husband Daniel Chatto is an artist and former actor. Lady Sarah met Daniel on a sabbatical in India and they wed in 1994.

24. Duke of Gloucester

A first cousin of the Queen, Richard cut short his career as an architect to devote his life to royal duties following the death of his older brother Prince William in 1972. Mostly operating behind the scenes away from the glare of the media, the Gloucesters, with the Kents and Princess Alexandra, are part of the band of minor royals formed of the Queen’s cousins, who have supported the monarch and Philip during her reign.

25. The Duke of Kent

Also the Queen’s first cousin, Edward or ‘Steady Eddie’ – as the royals reportedly call him – carries out his minor role within the family with a dutiful and reliable good grace. He is perhaps best known for being President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and presenting the Wimbledon trophies each summer.

26. Princess Alexandra

Princess Alexandra, another first cousin, has devoted decades of her life to royal duty and charity work. One of the most popular members of the family with royal relatives, the princess, 84, is loved for her kindness and warm nature.


27. Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden

Prince Bernhard, 50, is the grandson of the duke’s second sister Theodora.

28. Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse

Prince Donatus, 54, known as Don, is head of the house of Hesse into which the duke’s younger sister Cecile and Sophie married.

29. Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Philipp, 52, is the grandson of the duke’s elder sister Princess Margarita.


30. Countess Mountbatten, Penelope ‘Penny’ Knatchbull

Previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, Penny was the duke’s carriage driving partner and was one of his closest friends. She is the wife of Earl Mountbatten, Norton Knatchbull, who is the grandson of Philip’s beloved uncle the 1st Earl Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.


– The clergy and choir

The 30 limit rule does not include clergy, and the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will preside over the service. A small choir of just four people, including one soprano, will sing pieces of music chosen by the duke.

– Lady in waiting

A lady in waiting, as yet unnamed by Buckingham Palace, will travel to the chapel with the Queen by car and enter the church, but as a member of the royal household, not as a guest. She will remain in the nave, and not be seated in the quire with the royal family.

– The duke’s private secretary

– Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell was the duke’s right hand man for 11 years, taking on the role in 2010. He will process behind the duke’s coffin with two pages and two valets, and will enter the chapel, but not be seated in the quire.


– The Duchess of Sussex

Meghan, who is pregnant with her second child, has stayed in California after doctors advised her not to fly. But her attendance would have proved controversial in the wake of the allegations she raised during her Oprah interview.

– The great-grandchildren

The Queen and Philip’s 10 great-grandchildren – Savannah and Isla Phillips; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge; Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall; Archie Mountbatten-Windsor; and August Brooksbank – are considered too young to attend. All are aged 10 and under.

– A first cousin – and spouses of cousins

The Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent is not on the guest list, nor is his wife Princess Michael of Kent, or the Duchess of Kent and the Duchess of Gloucester – spouses of the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester.

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