When is the minute’s silence for Prince Philip?

It will mark the beginning of the funeral service

Ellie Abraham@ellieabraham
Saturday 17 April 2021 10:13

The funeral for Prince Philip takes place today at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and will be preceded by a national minute’s silence.

The scaled-back funeral will include 30 attendees, including family members and close friends of the Duke of Edinburgh. The Archbishop of Canterbury will be presiding.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, members of the public are discouraged from attempting to attend, however, they are invited to join the minute’s silence to mark their respect.

When is the minute’s silence?

A national minute’s silence will take place at 3:00pm today, Saturday 17 April.

It will begin the funeral service, which is due to be attended by the Queen, the duke’s children, grandchildren and other extended family members, as well as close friends.

Ahead of the funeral, at 2:45pm, a precession will carry Prince Philip’s coffin from Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel.

The vehicle carrying the coffin is an adapted Land Rover that the duke helped design. Royal Family members will follow behind the hearse on foot.

Buckingham Palace confirmed: “The procession route will be lined by representatives from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, and 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. The Curfew Tower Bell will also toll.”

The National anthem will also play as the coffin arrives at Horseshoe Cloister close to the chapel.

The hearse is due to arrive at the steps of St George’s Chapel at 2:53pm and at 3:00pm the service will begin, marked by the national minute’s silence.

As the door’s of the chapel close, the Royal Navy Piping Party will pipe the ‘Carry On’ - a traditional nautical call, reflecting the duke’s love of sailing.

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