Prince Philip funeral – live: Harry arrives at Windsor and military bands play as Meghan watches at home

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Royal Artillery travel down the Long Walk on horseback ahead of duke's funeral

The Queen has shared one of her favourite photographs of Prince Philip ahead of his funeral on Saturday. The 2003 picture shows the couple relaxing happily together in Aberdeenshire, close to the Balmoral estate.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s “unwavering loyalty” to his wife and his “courage, fortitude and faith” is expected to be highlighted at the service, before the Queen makes a final farewell to her beloved husband.

The funeral procession will reunite Prince William and Prince Harry, though they will not be side by side. The pair will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips when they walk behind their grandfather’s coffin.

A poem by the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has been published to mark the occasion. Mr Armitage said Philip had “hated sycophancy”, and so he had written a poem that instead was “in service of all people like him”.

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Meghan Markle watching from home

Meghan Markle is understood to be watching Prince Philip’s funeral on TV from her home in the US. The Duchess of Sussex was not cleared for travel by her doctor at this stage in her pregnancy.

The card on the wreath left for the Duke by the Sussexes in St George’s Chapel was handwritten by Megan.

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, will be wearing his KCVO Neck Order and Star, his Afghanistan campaign medal, Gold Jubilee medal, and Diamond Jubilee medal at his grandfather’s funeral today.

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‘End of an era’: Public pay respects at Windsor

Hundreds of people have gathered in the sunshine to watch the funeral procession at Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral.

Patrick, 28, told The Independent: “It’s an end of an era – there was a lot of stability, a bedrock, that came from the monarch and her partner. It’s a sad day for the country.”

Prince Philip funeral: Members of the public pay respects in Windsor

Adam Forrest17 April 2021 14:19

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William and Kate arrive

Prince William and Kate Middleton have now arrived at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle for the duke’s funeral. The couple were pictured dressed in black wearing face masks as they were driven inside.

Prince Charles, and Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips have also arrived at St George’s Chapel, along with some of the 30 other guests.

William and Kate arrive for Prince Philip’s funeral

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Adam Forrest17 April 2021 14:10

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‘Sombre but celebratory,’ says armed forces chief

The Archbishop of Canterbury has arrived at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The Most Rev Justin Welby will preside over the funeral, alongside the Dean of Windsor.

They will receive the coffin after the minute’s silence at 3pm marking the start of the funeral.

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter, has said the funeral for the Duke of Edinburgh will be a “sombre moment” but also a “celebratory moment” of a life well-lived.

“I think there won’t be a serviceman or servicewoman on parade today who won’t have their chest swelling with pride,” he told Sky News.

Archbishop of Canterbury arrives for funeral

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Adam Forrest17 April 2021 13:56

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‘People are out to support the royal family’

Hundreds of people have gathered to watch the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive at Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral.

Kern Kelly, 56, told The Independent: “[Philip] had a heart of gold. It’s great that people are out here to support the royal family, and I think the Queen needs that. A lot of people wanted to come out and show their support – all cultures, all sorts of people.”

Covid restrictions meant a pared-down funeral and fewer people are visiting the town to mark occasion. Despite the smaller scale, Lucinda Lohse, 27, said: “It’s really sad. But it’s lovely to be here to see everyone wanting to be part of the day, as best we can.”

Kern Kelly came to watch funeral procession

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Adam Forrest17 April 2021 13:47

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‘Thoughts with the Queen,’ says Starmer

Labour leader Keir Starmer said his thoughts are with the Queen and royal family ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral – and again paid tribute to his legacy in setting up the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

“Today, my thoughts are with The Queen, everyone in the royal family and the British people who will be mourning and remembering Prince Philip,” he tweeted.

Adam Forrest17 April 2021 13:17

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Choir to sing Benjamin Britten at funeral

Buckingham Palace has released more funeral details. A small choir of four will sing pieces of music chosen by Prince Philip, but in line with government guidelines, there will be no congregational singing.

The choir will sing Eternal Father, Strong to Save, an adaption of Psalm 104 and Benjamin Britten’s Jubilate in C. The occasion will end with The Last Post, sounded by Buglers of the Royal Marines.

Man salutes the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at they approach Windsor Castle

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Adam Forrest17 April 2021 13:05

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Poet Laureate Simon Armitage reads his tribute to Philip

Simon Armitage has said his new poem The Patriarchs – An Elegy deliberately avoids the sycophancy he thinks the duke would have hated. It contains some very lovely lines:

“Husbands to duty, they unrolled their plans

across billiard tables and vehicle bonnets,

regrouped at breakfast. What their secrets were

was everyone’s guess and nobody’s business.”

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage reads his tribute to Prince Philip

Adam Forrest17 April 2021 12:49

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‘Overwhelming feeling of sadness’

Soldiers in the British Army have paid tribute to Philip ahead of his funeral.

In a video shared on the army’s official Twitter account, one said: “On Saturday when we fire the guns, it’s going to be an overwhelming feeling of sadness, because I think that is when it will hit us.”

Meanwhile, young sailors at the Duke of Edinburgh’s former school in Moray have led tributes in Scotland. Pupils aboard Gordonstoun’s 80ft sail training boat have laid a wreath off the coast of Hopeman Harbour, where Philip first learned to sail.

Young sailors from Gordonstoun lay a wreath

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Young Philip seen sailing in new photos

In more newly-released images, Philip is seen as a teenager sailing a boat at the boarding school he attended.

The duke’s love of boating started at an early age. Later, he joined the Royal Navy where his career saw him become one of the youngest officers to be made First Lieutenant and second in command of a ship.

Adam Forrest17 April 2021 12:29

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