Prince Philip will have a private funeral as the public has been urged to stay away due to coronavirus pandemic, an official College of Arms said on Friday.
“The funeral will not be a State Funeral and will not be preceded by a Lying-in-State,” the College of Arms’ statement revealed. “His Royal Highness’s body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral in St George’s Chapel.”
The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances due to the pandemic, the statement added, regretfully requesting that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral.
Moreover, Thames Valley Police said it will put in place a “wide range of security measures” for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral including “some you can see and some you will not be able to see.”
The funeral details were revealed hours after the prince’s death this morning.
On her part, Queen Elizabeth II, 94, expressed her “deep sorrow” after her “beloved” husband passed away “peacefully” at Windsor Castle aged 99.