Prince Philip: What we know about Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral arrangements – codenamed Operation Forth Bridge

Prince Philip’s funeral arrangements have been announced with the proceedings scaled down due to coronavirus restrictions.

The Duke of Edinburgh was said to have wanted little fuss at the service and he is not having a state funeral in line with his wishes.

He will not lie in state and his body remains at rest within a private chapel in Windsor Castle.

Watch and follow live coverage of Prince Philip’s funeral service on Sky News from 2pm on Saturday

His funeral arrangements are codenamed Forth Bridge, after the Scottish landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The plans have been in place for many years and were often updated and reviewed by Buckingham Palace staff in consultation with the Queen and Prince Philip himself.

Final alterations were made to Operation Forth Bridge to ensure proceedings were in line with coronavirus measures.

Where will the funeral take place?

Buckingham Palace has announced that the Duke of Edinburgh’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

What coronavirus measures will be in place at the service?

The arrangements will be fully in line with government guidance and guests will be adhering to social distancing rules.

Coronavirus measures mean only 30 people will be allowed to attend.

Around 800 people were set to be invited under planning that took place before the pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will not attend in order to free up a space for others.

No public processions will take place and people are being urged not to turn up at royal residences.

Who will be attending?

Prince Harry is in quarantine in the UK after flying over from Los Angeles, The Sun reports.

Buckingham Palace had confirmed he would be making the journey, but Meghan has been advised not to travel because she is heavily pregnant.

There is no confirmation yet on the rest of the guest list.

What proceedings will take place on the day itself?

Buckingham Palace has shared the following timeline of what will happen on the afternoon of the funeral.

Palace officials have said Sky News and other broadcasters will have positions in Windsor allowing them to provide "dignified media coverage".

The duke’s coffin, accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Lord Chamberlain, will be moved to the state entrance of Windsor Castle by a Bearer Party of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

The coffin will emerge and the Bearer Party will place it onto a specially modified Land Rover, which Philip helped to design, to transport it to St George’s Chapel.

The procession from the state entrance to the West Steps of the chapel will take eight minutes.

The Prince of Wales and members of the Royal Family will take part in the procession on foot, immediately behind the duke’s coffin, together with staff from Philip’s household.

The route of the procession will be lined by representatives drawn from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

Minute guns will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the east lawn of Windsor Castle for the duration of the procession, and the Curfew Tower Bell will toll.

A Guard of Honour and Band from The Rifles will receive the coffin at the foot of the West Steps, with the national anthem being played as the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

A bearing party of Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps and pause for the minute’s silence.

Following the minute’s silence, the Dean of Windsor, together with the Archbishop of Canterbury, will receive the coffin at the top of the West Steps.

In keeping with coronavirus guidelines to limit guests inside the chapel, most of the procession will not enter the chapel, except for members of the Royal Family, and the duke’s private secretary Archie Miller Bakewell.

The funeral service will begin as the coffin enters St George’s Chapel.

Where will Philip be laid to rest?

The Duke of Edinburgh will be privately interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel at Windsor after the funeral – but this will not be his final resting place.

When the Queen dies, Philip will be transferred to the gothic church’s King George VI memorial chapel to lie alongside his wife of 73 years.

The tiny chapel houses the remains of the Queen’s father George VI, her mother the Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret.

The Queen and close members of her family will gather privately after the funeral on Saturday as the duke’s coffin is interred in the Royal Vault – a burial place set beneath St George’s Chapel – for the time being.

It will be placed on a marble slab in the Quire and lowered into the Vault by electric motor.

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Who has been in charge of the funeral arrangements?

The Lord Chamberlain, Baron Parker, oversees arrangements following a royal death and ensures everything is kept to a strict timetable and all goes to plan.

He only began the role on 1 April, having taken over from Earl Peel who retired on 31 March after nearly 15 years as Lord Chamberlain.

Many people will be involved in the days ahead.

They will range from military guards and the clergy, to staff at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, who will ensure the household continues to run smoothly.

Period of mourning for the royals

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has approved a recommendation for a period of national mourning until the day of the funeral, according to a Palace source.

They also said the Royal Family will observe two weeks of royal mourning until 22 April, when they will continue engagements where appropriate.

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