UNITED KINGDOM

PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH 1921-2021

An update on the Funeral Arrangements for Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Passed Away

Today April 9, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle.

Prince Philip died two months before his centenary on June 10th. He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.’

Buckingham Palace
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Notice of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s death is displayed on the large screen at Piccadilly Circus in London, United Kingdom.

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The announcement of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, was placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace. It was put up briefly keeping with tradition. But taken down quickly after to avoid crowds gathering.

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Following the official announcement of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh, the Union Jack flag flies at half-mast on the roof of Buckingham Palace,

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, née Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, was born on 10 June 1921 in Mon Repos on the Greek island of Corfu, Greece, as the only son and fifth and final child of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg.

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Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (1882 – 1944) with his wife Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885 – 1969) in Athens, January 1921.

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Philip married the then Princess Elizabeth II in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947.

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He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”

The Queen about Prince Philip

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were married for 73 years, 4 months and 21 days – 26,805 days in total.



Funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh is entitled to a full state funeral, but had indicated a wish for minimal “fuss”; as such, there will be no state funeral or lying in state. This is in line with His Royal Highness’ wishes.

Prince Philip’s body will lie at Windsor Castle until his funeral in St George’s Chapel. His wishes are claimed to indicate a military funeral. Changes are expected in light of regulations against mass gatherings brought in because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘The Royal Family have the safety and wellbeing of the public in mind during these challenging times. The Family therefore ask that anyone wishing to express their condolences does so in the safest way possible, and that the public not gather at Royal Residences.’

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Update!!!

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at three o’clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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The interior of St George’s chapel, Windsor Castle.

The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh’s own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.

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Flowers left outside Windsor Castle, Berkshire, following the announcement of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.



It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral – something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice.

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The Queen Mother’s coffin is carried out of the Royal Chapel of All Saints at The Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

There will be 30 guests in the royal party, including family – children and grandchildren – and long-serving staff such as his valet, page and private secretary, who will follow the coffin, draped in the Duke’s personal standard with a family wreath and his naval cap and sword, down to the chapel. After the funeral service, the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault underneath St George’s Chapel

All public elements of the funeral have been removed and it will be televised but take place entirely in the grounds of the castle. His coffin will remain in the Queen’s private chapel at the castle all week before being transferred in a modified Land Rover he had a hand in designing. There will be a strong military element to the ceremony reflecting the Duke’s proud history and associations.

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It is The Queen’s wish that the Royal Family will observe two weeks of Royal Mourning starting yesterday. Royal Mourning will be observed by Members of the Royal Family and their Households, together with troops committed to Ceremonial Duties. During this period, Members of the Royal Family will continue undertaking engagements appropriate to the circumstances. Mourning bands will be worn where appropriate.

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Royal Condolences on the Death of The Duke of Edinburgh

Belgian Royal Family

‘Deeply saddened by the passing away of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We wish to express our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, the British Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom. We will always cherish the memories of our warm encounters.’ ⁣

Philippe and Mathilde ⁣

Bhutanese Royal Family

‘His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen are deeply saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Their Majesties have conveyed condolences from the people of Bhutan to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Upon Royal Command, special prayers are being held across the country in memory of His Royal Highness. Their Majesties will offer prayers and light 1,000 butterlamps at Mongar Dzong, and the government, joined by UK residents in Bhutan, will offer prayers and 1,000 butterlamps at the Simtokha Dzong tomorrow.
Bhutan and the United Kingdom share exceptionally warm relations, going back to the time of His Majesty King Ugyen Wangchuck, the first King of Bhutan.
The people of Bhutan join the people of the United Kingdom in mourning the passing of His Royal Highness, whose lifetime of steadfast service to his country shall serve as an inspiration for us all.’

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen

Danish Royal Family

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe has sent personal condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in connection with the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.⁣
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Prince Philip was born in 1921 as Prince of Greece and Denmark and was a great-grandchild of Christian the 9th.⁣
A portrait of Prince Philip was painted by the Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in 2017. In the painting, Prince Philip wears the Danish Order of the Elephant.



Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg

Grand Duke Henri sent a message of condolence to HM Queen Elizabeth II following the death of her husband, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑗𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑦,
‘𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐺𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐷𝑢𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑟 ℎ𝑢𝑠𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑, 𝑃𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑃ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑝.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐷𝑢𝑘𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐸𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑏𝑢𝑟𝑔ℎ’𝑠 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑢𝑛𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑑, 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑅𝑜𝑦𝑎𝑙 𝑁𝑎𝑣𝑦, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑃𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑃ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑝 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑏𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑑𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑆𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑 𝑊𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑊𝑎𝑟. 𝐻𝑒 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑃𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑓𝑢𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑗𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑦, 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑈𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝐾𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑑𝑜𝑚.
𝑃𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦, 𝑤𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑚𝑒𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑑𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑠. 𝑁𝑜𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑛𝑣𝑖𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑠, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑢𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑙𝑦. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑗𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐻𝑖𝑠 𝑅𝑜𝑦𝑎𝑙 𝐻𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑚𝑦 𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑙 ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑑𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑚𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑦 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑦.
𝑇𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐿𝑢𝑥𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑔, 𝑤𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑗𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑦, 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑈𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝐾𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑑𝑜𝑚 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑠𝑦𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑒𝑠.’

𝐻𝑒𝑛𝑟𝑖

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

Dutch Royal Family

Message by King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix upon the death of Prince Philip.

Greek Royal Family

Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece:

‘ With deep sadness, but with the joy of reflecting upon a life lived through outstanding dedication and devotion to his country, family and, of course, to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, my family and I remember HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in Mon Repos, our home on the Island of Corfu, on 10th June 1921, the only son of Prince Andrew (Andreas) and Princess Alice of Greece.
Uncle Philip, as he was known to us, has been a very loved member of the extended Greek family and of course a strong connection for us to Britain where my brother Philippos was born and given his name by my parents. As I reflect on his life, I feel immensely proud of him: of his bravery in World War II and of the way he overcame the challenges of exile in his formative early life. He was by any conceivable standard, the most remarkable servant to the Sovereign and to the United Kingdom, his adopted country, and to the Commonwealth. He was armed with the determination, compassion, vision and steadfast loyalty which were at the core of his ability to support the Queen in their united stability amidst the shifting tides of the past century and beyond. At the coronation he swore to be his wife’s “liege man of life and limb”, which he carried out unfalteringly, unquestioningly.
He will be remembered by over 700 organisations as President or Patron and for the Duke of Edinburgh Award that since 1956 has had 8million young participants. He took great pleasure in his relationship with the Armed forces and the life of the men and women serving them.
Prince Philip did not like to dwell on things: he was a doer, with great vigour and energy. It has been said that the life of the dead is placed into the memory of the living and this will be compellingly true of the memories of our time spent with him – the hilarity, the stories, the seemingly limitless interests – will always be treasured.
Our thoughts and prayers are today with HM Queen Elizabeth II and her own family, for whom the sense of loss will be very hard to bear; and yet I know that the joy of reflecting upon his extraordinary life will be a source of immense comfort and pride.’

Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

‘ We were all saddened to hear the news this morning of the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, born Prince of Greece. Steadfast and loyal he served the Crown with selfless devotion and leaves behind an amazing legacy. He will be missed’.

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark

“Incredibly saddened by the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. An extraordinary man. May he Rest In Peace”.

Norwegian Royal Family

Condolences from the Royal Family of Norway. King Harald V of Norway is a second cousin of the Queen and a second cousin once removed of the late Duke of Edinburgh.

‘ The Royal Family has received the news that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away with great sorrow.
Our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family. We also send our condolences to the British people’.

His Majesty King Harald V


Romanian Royal Family

Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown and His Royal Highness the Prince Consort, along with the whole Romanian Royal Family, learned with profound sadness and immense sorrow the news of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Margareta, the Custodian of the Romanian Crown is a first cousin twice removed of the late Duke of Edinburgh. She is a great-granddaughter of King Constantine I of the Hellenes, a paternal uncle of the late Duke.

Spanish Royal Family

Swedish Royal Family

Following the death of HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf has made a statement.

‘ The Queen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relation which we have deeply valued.

His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all. We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.’

Carl Gustaf


Other Royals

Prince Jean, Count of Paris, the current head of the House of Orléans.

Leka, Crown Prince of Albania

Statement from The House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (Italian: Real Casa di Borbone delle Due Sicilie).

Habsburg Family



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