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UEL honours life of Prince Philip


UEL community joins in national moment of silence as Prince Philip is laid to rest

The ceremonial royal funeral of Prince Philip, His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, will take place on Saturday, 17 April and will be shown live on BBC One.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle on 9 April, at the age of 99. He dedicated his long life to the service of the British people.

The funeral will be in line with national coronavirus guidelines. A procession, starting at 2.45pm, will see the coffin taken from the state entrance of Windsor Castle, through the Quadrangle and into St George’s Chapel.

Prince Charles will walk behind the coffin, along with other members of the Royal Family, although the Queen will travel separately. The route to the chapel will be lined with members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a salute.

The funeral service will then begin with a nationwide minute of silence at 3pm. The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead the service.

The Royal Family has urged the public not to travel to Windsor or London to pay their respects due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, people are asked to consider donating to a charity in Prince Phillip’s honour. Prince Philip was associated with over 990 charities during his life as president, patron or as an honorary member.  

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said, “This event will be much reduced in scale with no public access. In line with government guidelines and public health measures, there will be no public processions and the Duke’s funeral will take place entirely within the grounds of Windsor Castle. These plans have been given final approval by the Queen and reflect government advice."

We are asking everyone at the University of East London to join together during the national minute of silence on Saturday at 3pm, and to pause on this sad occasion in honour of Prince Philip, the gift of his life, and his service to our country.

An online book of condolence is available for people to post their own personal tributes.