Prince Philip’s Royal Standard explained – including ties to Greece and Denmark

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Prince Philip will be laid to rest today after a funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away aged 99 on April 9.

Buckingham Palace confirmed: “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.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

It was eventually revealed that Prince Philip would not have a state funeral, despite being entitled one.

Prince Philip, who didn’t wan’t much “fuss” around his funeral, will instead have a ceremonial funeral.

Part of the funeral involves a procession as Prince Philip’s coffin travels by Land Rover from Windsor Castle to the chapel.

Here there will be a gun salute followed by a national minute of silence in honour of the Duke’s life.

Philip’s casket will be adorned with something incredibly special – his Royal Standard.

The Duke’s coffin will be draped in his personal flag which represents elements of his life.

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The flag is split into quarters with the three lions and red “hearts”, which originally represented waterlily pads, at the top left.

This is Denmark’s coat of arms, because Prince Philip was born as the Prince of Greece and Denmark.

The top right flag, a white cross, is the national flag of Greece.

He was a prince of both countries by virtue of his descent from George I of Greece, and Christian IX of Denmark.

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He was from both in the line of succession to both thrones, until he became engaged to Princess Elizabeth.

He denounced his title and became a British citizen in 1966, and took his mother Princess Alice’s anglicised name Battenberg – Mountbatten.

The Mountbatten family is also included on the standard, and is represented by two black stripes on white.

In the bottom right corner of the flag the City of Edinburgh is featured, depicted by a castle.

This is in honour of Philip’s title. He became the Duke of Edinburgh when he married Elizabeth in November 1947.

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