Queen to have heartbreaking moment to say last goodbye to Philip before funeral

The Queen will have a final chance to say goodbye to Prince Philip privately before his coffin is taken into Windsor Castle’s chapel on Saturday under plans released by the Palace on Thursday.

Her Majesty’s husband died on Friday, April 9, aged 99, with the funeral set to take place at St George’s Chapel on Saturday, April 17.

The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly requested a funeral without fuss, and his coffin has been kept out of the public eye.

The ceremony is set to begin at 3pm after a national minute’s silence, and is expected to last around 50 minutes.

At 2.41pm, the coffin will be carried out of Windsor Castle’s state entrance.

Three minutes later, the Queen will have a “moment of reflection” to look at her husband’s coffin from her car before it is taken into the chapel.

After the service, Philip will be interred in St George’s Chapel’s Royal Vault.

A real-time rehearsal is taking place on Thursday, April 15, and guns will be fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn.

Philip's modified Land Rover Defender TD5 130 chassis cab vehicle has also been unveiled for the first time, two days before his final farewell.

The duke made the final adjustments in 2019, the year he turned 98.

He first began the long-lasting venture to create his own bespoke hearse in collaboration with Land Rover in 2003, the year he turned 82.

  • Prince Charles and Camilla visibly emotional reading notes to Philip at palace flowers

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "Her Majesty and the Royal Family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to see and hear so many people sharing fond memories of the Duke in celebration of his life.

"The tributes received from young and old are truly a testament to the remarkable life and lasting endeavours of His Royal Highness."

Her Majesty returned to royal duties just four days after the death of her husband, hosting a retirement ceremony for former Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel on April 13.

The engagement was recorded in the Court Circular – a daily list of the events attended by the Queen and her family.

It read: "The Earl Peel had an audience of The Queen today, delivered up his Wand and Insignia of Office as Lord Chamberlain and the Badge of Chancellor of the Royal Victorian Order and took leave upon relinquishing his appointment as Lord Chamberlain when Her Majesty invested him with the Royal Victorian Chain."

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Lord Earl Peel was due to step down at the end of 2020 but delayed his retirement because of the coronavirus pandemic, Buckingham Palace said in January.

He agreed to stay on for longer while the search of this successor took place, and announced his retirement in early 2021.

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