The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving consort who spent more than seven decades at Queen Elizabeth II’s side, has died. He was 99. Buckingham Palace confirmed the news on Friday, April 9. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace said in a statement.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Known around the world for his role beside the Queen (and his history of deeply problematic gaffes), people are curious about the funeral arrangements for the Prince, who fulfilled more than 20,000 royal engagements in the UK and abroad, along with raising four children and eight grandchildren.
How can I watch Prince Philip's funeral?
The ceremonial service will begin on Saturday, April 17 at 2:40 PM local time (9:40 AM EST) at Windsor Castle. Preceded by a procession inside the grounds of the Castle, the funeral will begin at 3 PM in St. George’s Chapel with a national minute of silence to honor Prince Philip. According to the Palace, “The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh's own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.”
In the U.K., the service will be broadcast live on the BBC, with a full schedule to be announced. You can also stream the funeral on BBC iPlayer on your computer or mobile device. We can anticipate the BBC to do rolling coverage on Prince Philip’s funeral, in line with their coverage following his death.
ITV will air the funeral from 1:15 to 4:30pm, with their website ITV Hub streaming. Sky News, on the other hand, is slated to cover the funeral throughout the day on both its TV station and YouTube channel.
In the U.S., you can watch the funeral on CBS, CBS News, and ET Live beginning at 9:30 AM ET. CBS News will broadcast a live special report at 9:30 AM ET, hosted by CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King. If you don’t have cable, you can stream CBS on Paramount Plus, YouTube TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, or wherever you stream live TV. Each of these services offer free trials, so you’ll be able to stream for free as long as you remember to cancel the trial.
According to a report by The Sun, Prince Philip’s funeral service inside St. George's Chapel is private and will not be televised. TV cameras are not allowed in the church for the service.
Will Prince Philip have a state funeral?
The Duke of Edinburgh will not have a state funeral or lie in state for the public in accordance with coronavirus restrictions, according to a statement released by the College of Arms. The Palace has largely practiced social distancing since the beginning of the pandemic.
“The funeral will not be a State Funeral and will not be preceded by a Lying-in-State. His Royal Highness’s body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral in St George’s Chapel. This is in line with custom and with His Royal Highness’s wishes,” the College of Arms said on Friday.
“The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and it is regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral.”
Under normal circumstances, Prince Philip would be entitled to a state funeral. The arrangements would involve a military procession to Westminster Abbey where the public could pay their respects to the Duke. A service at Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s Cathedral would follow, with the burial occurring at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The last state funeral occurred in 1952 following the death of King George VI, who is buried at St. George’s Chapel.
Will the royal family be able to attend the funeral?
Although the royal family has not confirmed details about the private service, we can guess that those royals who reside in the U.K. will be able to attend a likely social distanced service. The College of Arms has confirmed that Prince Philip’s body will lie in state at Windsor Castle, with the funeral taking place at St. George’s Chapel.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, funeral attendance is capped at 30 people. The Queen will likely have to make tough choices about who will be able to attend the service in person.
Will Meghan and Harry attend Prince Philip’s funeral?
The death of Prince Philip arrives at a turbulent moment for Buckingham Palace. Following Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah, the royals have been under fire for accusations of racism, among other things. The Sussexes were last in London in March 2020 to complete their final round of royal activities before permanently resigning from their official duties.
Writes royal reporter Omid Scobie in Harper's Bazaar: "Buckingham Palace’s confirmation that Peter Phillips will walk between the two as they make their way in the ceremonial procession to The Quire of the chapel finally answers the question. The brothers will also take seats apart from each other for the service itself, with the Duke of Cambridge seated next to Peter Phillips and the Duke of Sussex next to Lord Snowdon. No further explanation was given by palace officials for the separation of the two brothers; however, it was confirmed that final plans were signed off by the queen."
Inside the Private Life of Prince Philip
Prince Philip arrives at Westminster Abbey for his marriage to Princess Elizabeth with his best man: the Marquess of Milford Haven.
Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, with her husband Prince Philip during their marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London.
Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth during their honeymoon in Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire. The newlyweds were just 21 (Elizabeth) and 26 (Philip).
Philip and the Queen with their one-year-old son Prince Charles in the gardens of Windlesham Moor in Surrey, England.
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attending the Royal Horse Show at Windsor.
The Queen and Prince Philip with their children Princess Anne, 2, and Prince Charles, 4, on the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with Charles and Anne at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave at the crowds from the balcony during her Coronation at Buckingham Palace
Prince Philip at a celebrity cricket match against the Duke of Norfolk at Arundel Castle.
Prince Philip waves to four-year-old Michael McCarthy during a tour of Mackay in Queensland.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh head to Brisbane during their visit to Australia.
Prince Philip and Prince Charles at Balmoral—the favorite residence of Queen Victoria, the great-grandmother of the Queen.
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth visiting Nigeria.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wave as they leave Liverpool after attending a "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" ice show.
Prince Philip, First Lady Jackie Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, and President John F. Kennedy attend dinner at Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in London following their return from a royal tour of India.
Prince Philip at the helm of his sailboat during the Cowes Regatta.
Prince Philip playing bicycle polo technique in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire.
Prince Philip walking with his son Prince Charles at Smith's Lawn in Windsor Great Park.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne visiting the Isles of Scilly.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arriving at the Manoel Theatre in Valleta, Malta.
Prince Philip on top of a Land Rover pointing out competitors at the Badminton Horse Trials to Queen Elizabeth II as she watches through binoculars.
Prince Charles talking to his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Sandringham shortly before the ceremony marking Charles as Prince of Wales.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip fly back to London from a visit to Yorkshire.
The Queen and the Duke on board the HMY Britannia.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with their children Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, and Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip posing with their son, Prince Edward, to celebrate the Queen's 50th birthday.
Queen Elizabeth with the Duke of Edinburgh and their children Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince Andrew, at Balmoral.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their wedding day, standing alongside Prince Philip.
The Queen and Prince Philip talking during The Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle.
Queen Elizabeth II with Princess Anne, Prince Phillip, Princess Michael of Kent (a member of the British royal family who's married to the Queen's first cousin), Peter Phillips (Princess Anne's son), Prince Charles, and Princess Diana at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London.
Prince Philip, Prince William, Earl Spencer (the younger brother of Princess Diana), Prince Harry, and Prince Charles follow the coffin of Princess Diana at her funeral.
Prince Philip with his mother-in-law, The Queen Mother, on Christmas Day at Sandringham.
Prince Edward, Princess Anne, and Prince Philip in front of Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Tim Laurence (the second husband of Princess Anne), and Prince Charles heading to church on Christmas Day at Sandringham.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the Grand Harbour Marina in Malta.
The Queen and Prince Philip standing alongside former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush at the White House.
Prince Philip and the Queen celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in Broadlands, Hampshire.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend a reception for the event, "A Celebration of Novia Scotia" at the Cunard Centre in Halifax, Canada, during a royal tour.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Pippa Middleton (Kate Middleton's sister), and Prince Harry awaiting William and Kate's arrival on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding ceremony.
....And there it is.