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Hundreds of troops march into the grounds of Windsor Castle for Prince Philip’s funeral.

More than 700 soldiers and wives from the army, navy, air force and marines are to play ceremonial roles in the funeral procession, which reflects the service of the Royal Navy of Philip and the connections to the military.

These include soldiers from the King’s Troop’s Royal Horse Artillery who will fire a gun salute, guards regiments in scarlet tunics and bearskin hats, highlanders in kilts, and sailors in white naval hats.

Regiments and units with ties to Philip will line the route while his coffin is brought to St. George’s Chapel for the funeral service while military bands play hymns and classical tunes.

Prince Philip’s coffin was moved to the inner hall of the castle from the royal family’s private chapel at Windsor Castle this afternoon before his funeral.

Royal officials say the coffin is draped to Philip’s personal standard and topped with his Royal Navy cap and sword and a wreath of flowers.

It was moved by a group of porters from the Grenadier Guards regiment and will lie in the hall until the funeral procession begins just before 3:00 p.m.

The coffin is transported in a specially designed Land Rover to St. George’s Chapel, where Philip is buried in the Royal Vault.

Due to the restrictions of the coronavirus, only 30 mourners will attend the memorial service, including Queen Elizabeth II, her four children and her eight grandchildren. Philip died on April 9th ​​at the age of 99.

The British Royal Family has published a montage of images in memory of Prince Philip, dedicated to a poem by the poet Laureate Simon Armitage.

« Patriarchs – An Elegy » remembers Philip as a member of a generation that « waged brilliant wars, celebrated triumphs at sea with burning boats of deception and laterally graduated torpedoes » – references to his military service.

Armitage, whose job it is to write poetry for major national occasions, welcomes these « husbands who are great-grandfathers from birth who, over time, have become both the inner core and outer case in a family heirloom of nesting dolls. » p>
The royal family released a recording of Armitage reading the poem ahead of his funeral at Windsor Castle on Saturday, accompanied by images of Prince Philip from decades ranging from infancy to old age.

TATOI, Greece – Prince Philip’s life spanned a century of European history. His family ties were equally broad, and Britain’s longest serving wife was linked by blood and marriage to most of the continent’s royal houses.

« If Queen Victoria is considered the grandmother of Europe, Prince Philip is the uncle of Europe, » said Vassilis Koutsavlis, President of the Tatoi Royal Estate Friends Association.

Philip’s father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, is buried in this densely wooded property at the foot of a mountain north of Athens. The Tatoi estate housed the royal summer residence and the royal cemetery with the graves of Philip’s relatives: kings and queens of Greece, princes and princesses of Denmark, grand duchesses of Russia and even a distant relative of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Philip died on April 9th ​​at the age of 99 and his funeral will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle.

PORT STANLEY, Falkland Islands – A memorial service was held in the capital of the Falkland Islands on Friday to celebrate the death of Prince Philip at the age of 99 following his death last week.

Members of the local government, military officials and local residents attended the event, which was held at Christ Church Cathedral in central Port Stanley.

Many in attendance had their own personal memories of the Duke of Edinburgh, who visited the British overseas territory in the South Atlantic in 1957 and 1991.

Various photos of the two visits were on display in the church, one of which showed a smiling Philip next to locals standing next to a candle with a single light
The islanders present testified of its indescribable nature and shared stories of his visit, which included winning a horse race and a fishing trip with the residents.

Members of the military march outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021 , during the funeral of the British Prince Philip. Prince Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99 after 73 years of marriage to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. (Victoria Jones / Pool photo via AP) Soldiers arrive ahead of Britain’s Prince Philip’s funeral in Windsor, England, on Saturday 17th April 2021 at Windsor Castle. Prince Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99 after 73 years of marriage to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (Hannah McKay / Pool via AP)

Officers of the Royal Horse Artillery of the King’s Troop arrive for the Gun Salute for the funeral of Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. Saturday April 17, 2021. Prince Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99 after 73 years of marriage to British Queen Elizabeth II (Phil Noble / Pool via AP)

Police will be patrolling on Saturday 17th April 2021 ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral en route to Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. (AP Photo / Frank Augstein)

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