Prince Philip’s funeral to take place on Saturday with national silence at 3pm

The metro has reported:

The arrangements for Prince Philip’s ‘no fuss’ funeral have been announced with the duke set to be buried next Saturday.

A ‘royal ceremonial funeral’ will honour Philip who died at the age of 99 on Friday morning. It will be held on on Saturday April 17 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace said.

A national minute’s silence will take place as the service gets under way.

Plans for the funeral have had to be scaled back because of the restrictions in place due to the Covid pandemic. Only 30 people  – expected to be the Duke’s children, grandchildren and other close family – are permitted to attend the ceremony in the chapel. They will have to wear face masks and socially distance.

The royal family has appealed to people who wish to pay their respects in person to stay at home instead. The funeral plans – which will take place after eight days of mourning – have been revised many times over the years, in consultation with the Queen and Philip himself.

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