Prince Philip Dead: Duke Of Edinburgh's Funeral Will Be Held At Windsor Castle
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The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will not be a state funeral as per his wishes and they have urged the public not to attend any funeral events due to concerns around the spread of coronavirus.
The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will be "pared back" because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It will be held behind the walls of Windsor Castle - but Philip would have approved, a royal commentator has said.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said a quiet send-off for the duke would be shame, but Philip - who disliked a fuss - was never one for a huge spectacle.
He told PA: "Clearly they have planned for a Covid funeral and I know that Philip's would be a pretty understated royal funeral compared to that which would be held for his wife.
"But in the midst of a pandemic, it's going to be pared back so much."
He added: "It will be behind castle walls at Windsor and we won't get to see much of it at all.
"It will be a great shame that he has to have such a quiet send-off.
"But, in saying that, he didn't want all the pomp and pageantry anyway so I suppose in a way it would suit his purpose."
In a statement on Friday, the Queen announced Prince Philip's death aged 99.
The royal family said: "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."
Prince Philip endured a lengthy hospital stay earlier this year and he was treated at two London hospitals for an undisclosed infection in addition to a heart condition, before returning to Windsor.
The royal spent much of his time at Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate in recent years after retiring from royal duties in 2017.
The Duke of Edinburgh leaves behind four children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. The most recent addition to the family was Princess Eugenie's little boy August, born earlier this year, while Prince Harry is currently expecting his second child with Meghan Markle.
Tributes have poured following the announcement, with members of the public leaving flowers outside Windsor Castle.