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Prince Philip’s funeral will see no members of the Royal Family making a speech in echo of the Queen Mother’s service.
The private ceremony for the Duke of Edinburgh will take place on Saturday at 3pm at George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The arrangements for his death, codenamed Forth Bridge, after the Scottish landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site, have been made to ensure the service is in line with coronavirus measures with only 30 guests attending.
The Duke’s funeral will be a “Ceremonial Royal Funeral”, the same as Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, who died aged 101, instead of a “State Funeral” which is generally reserved for monarchs.
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And similar to the Queen Mother’s funeral at Westminster Abbey in 2002, no members of the Royal Family will give readings and there shall be no eulogy.
It is not common for British royal funerals to have eulogies nor members of the family do readings.
Meanwhile the guest list of attendees includes immediate family with his casket transported to the ceremony in a bespoke Land Rover hearse that he helped design.
Prince Philip, who was said to have wanted little fuss at the ceremony, will be laid to rest at St George's Chapel, inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.
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Eternal Father, Strong to Save, was also sung at the funeral of Philip’s much-loved uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who died in 1979.
Other details which are thoughtfully woven into the order of service include a psalm requested by the Duke of Edinburgh, which was previously sung in honour of his 75th birthday.
There will also be a Jubilate written at Philip’s request for St George’s Chapel.
During the service, a choir of four singers (three of whom are Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel Choir) will be conducted by James Vivian and the organ will be played by Luke Bond.
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