Prince Philip's coffin moved from chapel to Windsor Castle as mourners arrive ahead of royal funeral

Prince Philip's coffin moved from chapel to Windsor Castle as mourners arrive ahead of royal funeral

PRINCE Philip's coffin has been moved from the private chapel at Windsor Castle as mourners start arriving for the royal funeral.

The Duke of Edinburgh – Britain's longest-serving consort – is being laid to rest in a scaled-back, Covid-secure service at 3pm honouring his service.

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The sombre proceedings started at 11am today when his coffin was moved from the private chapel to the Inner Hall of Windsor Castle.

Philip's casket is covered with his personal standard along with his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers.

The coffin was moved by the Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, where Philip was a colonel for 42 years.

It comes as:

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  • Mike Tindall shares a sweet photo of Prince Philip with daughter Mia
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  • Queen takes new puppies for a walk at Frogmore where Harry is staying the night before Philip's funeral

From there, Philip will be placed in the modified military green Land Rover he spent 16 years adapting to take him on his final journey.

The national anthem will then ring out as the Queen – joined by a Lady-in-Waiting – is taken in a Bentley to St George's Chapel.

She is expected to be sitting alone during the service but will pause at his coffin to bid her beloved husband of 73 years farewell as he is laid to rest.

At 2.45pm, the Band of the Grenadier Guards, followed by the Major General commanding the Household Division, will then lead the procession.

Different groups will then follow the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin through the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Philip's children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Prince Charles will form one group.

Prince William and Harry have been separated during the eight-minute procession by their cousin Peter Phillips at the request of the Queen.

There had been speculation the brothers would be stood shoulder-to-shoulder as they followed their grandad's coffin.

All eyes will be on Harry and Wills, who will come face-to-face for the first time since the former left the UK for a new life in California.

A national minute's silence will take place at 3pm before the 50-minute service honouring Philip's 70-plus years of duty to the Queen and country begins.

Buglers from the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations to reflect Philip's life-long association with the Royal Navy.

The song is played on a warship to signal all hands should go to battle stations and is sometimes featured at the funerals of naval men.

Philip's funeral has been peppered with touching nods to his military service.

There will be a touching Navy send-off before his coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault.

Music chosen by the duke includes the hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" – traditionally associated with seafarers and the maritime armed services.

But none of the Royal Family will wear military uniforms and instead will don morning coat with medals or day dress after fears Prince Harry would be the only male senior royal dressed differently.

The event will be different to any other royal funeral after Covid made the family strip back all tradition.

Just 30 mourners will be in attendance to honour Britain's longest-serving consort.

Among them are his four children and all his grandchildren and their spouses – including William, Harry, Eugenie and Beatrice.

Three of Philip's German relatives – Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg – are among the attendees.

The trio are great-nephews and a cousin of Philip – with the duke making it clear he wanted his "blood" family to be included in his funeral arrangements.

The stripped back guestlist means a couple of mourners expected to be included have been left off.

This includes Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duchess of Gloucester and Philip's private secretary Archie Miller-Bakewell.

Meghan Markle is also not attending as she is pregnant and none of Philip's ten great-grandchildren will be there as they are too young.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen faced "some very difficult" decisions as she selected the 30 guests from the original 800 mourners.

Under further Covid rules, all those entering the chapel will wear a face mask and all members of the Royal Family will be seated two metres apart.

But the funeral will still follow Prince Philip's wishes – and hail his "courage, fortitude and faith".

The Dean of Windsor, in the Bidding, will also pay tribute to Philip's "kindness, humour and humanity."

"With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us," he will say of Philip, who died aged 99 last Friday.

"We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.

"Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity."

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