UK military prepares for big role in Prince Philip’s funeral

Published April 17, 2021
Wardens and armed police guard the Henry VIII gate in Windsor, England on Friday. — AP
Wardens and armed police guard the Henry VIII gate in Windsor, England on Friday. — AP

WINDSOR: British soldiers, sailors and air force personnel were practicing, polishing and making final preparations on Friday for Prince Philip’s funeral, a martial but personal service that will mark the death of a royal patriarch who was also one of the dwindling number of World War II veterans.

More than 700 military personnel are set to take part in Saturday's funeral ceremony at Windsor Castle, including army bands, Royal Marine buglers and an honour guard drawn from across the armed forces.

But coronavirus restrictions mean that instead of the 800 mourners included in the longstanding funeral plans, there will be only 30 inside St. Georges Chapel for the service, including the widowed Queen Elizabeth II and her four children.

Philip, who died April 9 at age 99, was closely involved in planning his funeral, an event which will reflect his Royal Navy service and lifelong military ties and his love of the rugged Land Rover.

Published in Dawn, April 17th, 2021

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