Prince Philip’s funeral guest list announced by Royal Family
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The Duke of Edinburgh will be commemorated at a service in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel on Saturday. Details of the funeral were personally laid out by Prince Philip before his passing.
At the Duke’s request after his coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault buglers from the Royal Marines will sound action stations.
This typically takes place on a warship before engaging the enemy.
Prince Philip served in the Royal Navy during World War 2 and was mentioned in dispatches for his bravery during the 1941 German invasion of Crete.
The Last Post, which symbolises a soldier “gone to his final rest” will also be played.
Due to coronavirus restrictions only 30 mourners will be able to attend the service and they will have to wear protective face coverings.
A senior Palace official said: “The Last Post which will be sounded by Buglers of the Royal Marines is usually a bugle call signifying the end of the day’s activities.
“But on this occasion it will signify a soldier has gone to his final rest.
“The Duke also chose to request the buglers of the Royal Marines to sound Action Stations.
“It is a deeply stirring sound and typically an announcement on a naval warship that all hands must go to battle stations.
“The symbolism of his final call will not be lost on the family. That even in the Duke’s final moments before he is laid to rest he was calling on his troops, his family, to man their posts.”
Last month the Royal Family was rocked by an incendiary interview the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave to Oprah Winfrey.
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The official continued: “The Duke often spoke to his family about the need to support the Queen and the institution and perhaps there is no more prominent time than this given the recent history and controversies raging within the family.
“It is very much hoped by all that they use this as a rallying cry to come together.”
In response to the Oprah interview Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of the Queen, expressing sadness over Meghan’s difficulties.
However they added “some recollections may vary” about the events discussed.
Prince Harry has returned to the UK and will attend the funeral on Saturday.
However Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, will remain in California following medical advice.
During the funeral Prince Philip’s body will be carried by a Land Rover hearse he designed himself.
Male mourners will wear morning coats with medals whilst the women will opt for day dresses.
The Queen will sit alone at the service, due to coronavirus regulations, but will be accompanied by a lady-in-waiting whilst in her state Bentley.
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