Prince Philip funeral updates – Prince Charles in tears during visit to see flowers and tributes left for Duke

PRINCE Charles appeared emotional during a visit to flowers and tributes left for his father today.

Viewing the large number of floral messages left outside Marlborough House alongside his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales seemed moved by the scale of the tributes.

The flowers and condolence messages have been moved from outside Buckingham Palace and within the Royal Parks to the private gardens at Marlborough House. 

His visit comes as the Queen saved Prince Harry dress code embarrassment by banning military uniforms at Prince Philip's funeral.

The Duke of Sussex who had been stripped of his military ranks faced the humiliating prospect of being the only senior male in the royal family wearing civvies.

As a result the Queen is understood to have personally stepped in and in a huge break with tradition, ban anybody from wearing uniforms and insist on all men wearing traditional suits instead.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Imogen Braddick

    COVID RULES

    Plans for Prince Philip’s funeral have been revised due to Covid, with strict regulations that Her Majesty the Queen and other 29 attendees of the occasion will have to follow.

    Experts believe updated government rules will make the Duke of Edinburgh's send-off on Saturday "the most low-key royal funeral ever".

    Updated guidance published this week bans communal singing.

    It is also against the law not to wear a face mask without a valid exemption.

    And funeral guests must also stay at least two metres apart from others outside their household bubbles.

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    BLOOD RELATIVES

    Three of Prince Philip's German relatives will attend his funeral and are in isolation ahead of the service, it is claimed.

    Two great-nephews and a cousin are said to be staying with a mutual friend in Ascot, Berkshire, so they can safely be there on Saturday.

    Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg are locked in a Covid-compliant bubble, the Daily Mail reports.

    The Duke of Edinburgh allegedly made it clear he wanted his "blood" family to be included in his funeral arrangements.

    Prince Philipp, 51, said in a statement from the house where he and his relatives remain isolated until the weekend: "It really is an incredible honour and we are all extremely touched and privileged to be included on behalf of the wider family."

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    'THE FUNERAL IS NOT ABOUT THEM'

    A royal expert has hit out at the "shameful tantrums" from Prince Harry and Prince Andrew over what uniform to wear to Philip's funeral.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin said the Queen has "got much, much more to cope with than deciding on what male family members should wear for her adored husband's funeral".

    Levin tweeted: "Due to Princes Andrew and Harry throwing tantrums, none of the Royal Family will be wearing military uniforms on Saturday.

    "You'd think the Queen and Duke's exemplary behaviour would have passed down.

    "Their behaviour is shameful. The funeral is not about them. Actions have consequences."

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    DUKE 'REMEMBERED FONDLY' IN MALTA

    The late Duke of Edinburgh is being “remembered fondly” on the island of Malta, as efforts continue to restore a dilapidated mansion he and the Queen once called home.

    A young Philip and the then-Princess Elizabeth spent some of the early years of their marriage living at Villa Guardamangia, a palazzo-style residence on the outskirts of the capital Valletta.

    Heritage Malta – the country’s national agency for museums, conservation practice and cultural heritage – is in the preliminary stages of restoring the mid-18th century building to its former glory after acquiring it in June last year.

    The royal couple lived on the island for periods between 1949 and 1951 while the duke served on HMS Chequers with the Mediterranean Fleet.

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    'MINIMISE TRAVEL'

    Assistant Chief Constable Ben Snuggs, strategic commander for the funeral, said: "We understand that people will want to pay their respects to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and to the Royal Family during this time of national mourning.

    "However, we would ask that the public respect the Royal Household’s wishes and the Government advice by minimising travel and not gathering in groups.

    "Instead, we would ask people to use the online book of condolence which has been set up by the Royal Household.

    "There will continue to be a police presence in Windsor in the lead up to and on the day of the funeral as part of our measures to ensure public health and safety and protective security.

    "Our thoughts remain with the Royal Family and all those affected at this very difficult time."

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    'INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT'

    Military personnel rehearsed for Philip's funeral on Wednesday at Army Training Centre Pirbright, near London.

    One of the four Royal Marine buglers who will play The Last Post at the service said it was an honor and privilege to perform the role.

    "It's incredibly important. We feel nervous," Sgt. Bugler Jamie Ritchie said.

    "We feel the pressure, but were channeling that and were using that and were going to deliver an outstanding performance."

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    COMPLAINTS

    BBC figures show its coverage of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh has drawn 110,000 complaints to date – the highest number of complaints ever published in the UK about television programming.

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    BBC'S ANNOUNCES PLAN TO COVER FUNERAL

    Huw Edwards will lead nearly six hours of coverage broadcast from Windsor across three programmes on Friday and Saturday.

    On Friday on BBC One, Edwards will present HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered live from Windsor Castle at 7pm, where he will interview people set to play a key role in the funeral service and ceremonial procession.

    On Saturday, the day of the funeral, Edwards will present live coverage of the events at Windsor from 12.30pm. He will be joined by broadcaster Sophie Raworth and TV presenter and former Royal Marine JJ Chalmers throughout the afternoon.

    On Saturday evening from 8.10pm Edwards will then reflect on the day's events at Windsor Castle.

    There will also be coverage of the funeral on Saturday from 2pm to 4.10pm on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, as well as on the broadcaster's local stations.

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    SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

    The BBC is to mark the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh with a series of special programmes.

    Huw Edwards will lead the broadcaster's coverage of the funeral in three programmes broadcast from Windsor across Friday and Saturday.

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    FULL DRESS REHEARSAL

    A full dress rehearsal for Prince Philip's funeral is underway today as squaddies and armed police patrol Windsor.

    Military on horseback were seen approaching The Long Walk today as they prepared for Saturday's service.

    Armed cops lined the walk – as members of the procession dressed in uniform and practised their entrance.

    And Windsor has had ramped-up security in place, with extra armed cops and specialist searches carried out days before the funeral service.

    Gun cops were seen on the Long Walk yesterday as the public come to pay their respects to Philip after his death aged 99.

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    'THOUGHTS ARE WITH HER'

    Boris Johnson said his thoughts were with the Queen after he visited Dartmouth where she is said to have first met Prince Philip.

    The Prime Minister told broadcasters: "I'm here at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, which is the college from which the Duke of Edinburgh himself passed out, became an officer in 1940 before going on to have that amazing distinguished Navy career – the Battle of Cape Matapan, Sicily and then seeing the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay.

    "And you've just seen those wonderful cadets become officers themselves and incarnating the finest traditions of the Royal Navy, in the way the duke did himself.

    "And actually, funnily enough, here in this very garden, I think in 1939, the Duke of Edinburgh met the then Princess Elizabeth for the very first time, so our thoughts are with her again today."

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    PRINCE'S PROCESSION

    During the procession to St George's Chapel, guns will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn while bells are rung in the Curfew Tower.

    Following this, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Dean of Windsor will receive the coffin at the top of the steps.

    Due to the coronavirus restrictions, only 30 people will be allowed inside the chapel for the funeral service.

    The service will begin when the coffin enters the chapel.

    There will be no public procession as a result of the Covid restrictions, and the entire service will take place in the grounds of the castle.

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    THE LAND ROVER

    A modified Land Rover – which Philip helped to design – will be used to transport the duke's coffin and before this, it will be serviced, tested and buffed.

    It is expected to arrive at the steps of St George's Chapel at 2.53pm on Saturday, where it will be met by the Guard of Honour and band from The Rifles.

    A bearing party from the Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps where it will pause for the national minute of silence at 3pm.

    Prince Philip's coffin will be draped with his personal standard, and decorated with a wreath of flowers and his Naval cap and sword.

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    THE ROUTE OF PHILIP'S FUNERAL PROCESSION

    Prince Philip's body is currently resting in Windsor's private chapel.

    His coffin will be moved to the state entrance of the castle on Saturday, April 17 by a bearer party from the Grenadier Guards – the elite Queen's Company regiment at Windsor, of which Philip was Colonel for 42 years.

    The service will begin with a ceremonial procession, setting off from the state entrance at 2.45pm with the Prince of Wales and senior members of Royal Family following on foot behind Philip's coffin.

    The procession will move alongside the Round Tower and head to the west steps of St George's chapel, with the route down to Horseshoe Cloister lined by armed personnel.

    The National Anthem will be played as the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

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    RIGHT-HAND MAN

    The Queen could be accompanied by Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell at Prince Philip’s funeral. 

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s loyal private secretary, who is part of HMS Bubble, is expected to provide support to the monarch at Saturday’s service. 

    He could be allowed to support the Queen during the ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor.

    This could mean walking her into the service or sitting near her.

    Royal sources told the Telegraph the Queen would sit alone at the funeral service – unless a member of the Windsor bubble joins her. Other members of the family will sit two metres apart in keeping with social distancing rules.

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    DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CEREMONIAL AND STATE FUNERAL

    While the late Prince Philip, as the consort of the Queen, is entitled to a state funeral, he will get his dying wish of a small “no fuss” occasion instead.

    State funerals, like coronations, are organised and overseen by the Earl Marshal and his officers.

    A state funeral is a public ceremony held to honour people of huge national significance – most often monarchs.

    Ceremonial royal funerals are also often held for the heir to the throne and for members of the royal family who hold high military rank.

    A ceremonial funeral, like a state funeral, often has a lying in state, a procession with a gun carriage and military contingents.

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    IN HIS HONOUR

    Today, a tearful Prince Charles and Camilla gazed over flowers and even a mini Land Rover tribute laid in honour for Philip. 

    Thousands of floral tributes have been left for the Duke of Edinburgh – with the messages of condolences gathered at Marlborough House.

    The flowers and tributes had been left outside both Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, but gently moved to a private area to stop crowds gathering over Covid concerns.

    Read the full story here.

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    'UNLIKELY HARRY AND WILLIAM WILL HUG AND POUR OUT HEARTS' – ROYAL EXPERT

    Angela Levin, Harry’s biographer, said it would be inappropriate for the royals to talk about their personal issues in the run-up to Prince Philip's funeral.

    She warned, too, that there may not be time afterwards if Harry rushes back to Meghan Markle and Archie in the US.

    “I absolutely think it would be wrong to be all about themselves before the funeral.

    "And I think that it’s wrong to imagine that they’re going to pour out their hearts and give each other a hug, when so much has happened in the year and William has had to take on so much more responsibility,” she told the Associated Press.

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    MAN CHARGED FOR ALLEGEDLY 'CARRYING AXE' NEAR BUCKINGHAM PALACE

    A man has been charged after he allegedly wielded an axe near Buckingham Palace.

    Private security guards working on The Mall were alerted by a member of the public to a man apparently carrying an axe at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, April 13.

    They challenged and detained the man, who was then arrested by armed Metropolitan Police officers on patrol nearby.

    Vladyslav Dryhval, 46, of Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, east London, was charged in the early hours of Thursday with two counts of possession of an offensive weapon and a further count of possession of a bladed article.

    He was remanded in custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later on Thursday. The Met previously said there were no reports of any injuries and that the incident was not being treated as terror-related.

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    1,000 YEARS ROYAL DYNASTIC HISTORY

    When Philip, prince of Greece and Denmark married Elizabeth, princess of Great Britain, "they reconnected two bloodlines descended from Queen Victoria," according to The Conversation.

    "They also renewed a kinship tie between Britain and Denmark that had been joined together numerous times, from Canute and Aelfgifu in 1015 to Edward VII and Alexandra in 1863," writes Jonathan Spangler, senior lecturer in history, Manchester Metropolitan University.

    He adds: "One of the great dreams of Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert – themselves the product of close dynastic union, as first cousins – was to unite the continent of Europe through kinship relations, hoping that close cousins would be less likely to go to war with one another.

    "Prince Philip’s marriage to Princess Elizabeth in 1947 thus represented one of the last iterations of this Queen Victoria’s dream.

    "It reunited two of her descendants: Elizabeth through her father’s line, and Philip through the line of his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, a great-grand-daughter of Victoria."

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    PRINCE PHILIP'S LAND ROVER

    Prince Philip's coffin will be transported to his funeral in a purpose-built Land Rover he had a hand in designing.

    His final journey will be on the back of a modified Land Rover he helped design rather than a traditional gun carriage – as he requested under Operation Forth Bridge.

    The Duke of Edinburgh will be ferried in the vehicle, flanked by military pall bearers, at walking pace for eight minutes on a route inside Windsor Castle grounds to St George's Chapel on Saturday.

    Senior Royals including Prince Charles will follow behind on foot behind, with Princes William and Harry expected to join him, along with Princess Anne and Princes Edward and Andrew.

    The Land Rover will be a modified Defender 130 Gun Bus, with two made in a "belt and braces" approach in case one breaks down.

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    'GENEROUS WITH HIS TIME'

    The Commandant General of the Royal Marines has spoken of the "generous" time the Duke of Edinburgh gave to the regiment.

    Major General Matt Holmes said Philip had a "long and happy association" with the Royal Marines, of which he held the ceremonial title of Captain General for 64 years until 2017.

    Speaking to Times Radio, he said of the duke: "We were utterly privileged and honoured to enjoy his company on numerous occasions.

    "He gave his support to the corps and often visited us on operations at home during his time.

    "We had numerous encounters, and I think that was the beauty of his service with us. He was always generous with his time."

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    ROYAL VISIT

    Prince Charles and Camilla visited Marlborough House Gardens this morning to look at the floral tributes left in memory of Prince Philip.

    "At Marlborough House Gardens today, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall viewed a selection of flowers that have been left by members of the public in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh," the couple said in a statement on Twitter.

    Our full story about the visit can be read here.

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    HAPPY MEMORIES

    Princess Anne reminisced about her childhood as she made her first in-person appearance since Prince Philip’s death. 

    The hard-working Princess Royal returned to the day job yesterday on the Isle of Wight – just four days after her father passed away.

    Anne, 70, wore a black coat and black trousers with large sunglasses as she arrived on the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes – the prestigious club Prince Philip was once admiral of.

    Anne – the only daughter of the Queen and Philip – shared a special bond with her dad, who told everyone after her birth: "It's the sweetest girl."

    In a touching tribute released last week, she branded him "my teacher, my supporter and my critic".

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    ‘PARK ANY DISPUTES’

    Prince Harry reportedly reached out to close family members to “park any disputes” ahead of Philip’s funeral.

    Since his arrival in Britain, Harry has spoken to his father, brother and cousins to ensure there is no drama on Saturday, sources claim.

    One told The Mirror: "Despite everything that has gone on and the wounds are still pretty raw, everyone is hoping any disputes will be parked for another day.

    "This is about giving the Duke the send off he deserves surrounded by his family."

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