Prince Philip’s state funeral details as Queen begins 8 days of mourning

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Prince Philip is entitled to a state funeral as a member of the Royal Family.

Arrangements for the service will now be put in place after he died, aged 99.

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral is expected to be televised and held at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

He will be buried at Frogmore Gardens, in the castle's grounds, according to the Metro.

Members of the public will not be able to go and visit Philip’s final resting place, as Frogmore Gardens are off limits to them.

Over the next few days his body is expected to be moved to St James’s Palace in London, where Princess Diana lay for several days before her funeral in 1997.

The public will not be allowed the view the body, according to reports.

Despite being entitled to a state funeral, he reportedly told officials in 2013 he didn't want all the usual parts of a state funeral, as he didn't "want the 'fuss' of lying-in-state".

The Queen will enter a mourning period where public appearances are cancelled for what is expected to be eight days.

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There would be a further 30 days of mourning after which the Queen is expected to return to public duties, WalesOnline reports.

But the carefully laid plans for the funeral, which have been codenamed Operation Forth Bridge, will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

With restrictions still in place, the public elements of the final farewell to the Queen's consort will not be able to take place in their original form.

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Under the earlier arrangements for the coming days, thousands of people would have been expected to flock to London and Windsor.

Some mourners would even have been expected to camp out overnight to get the best vantage points, for a military procession of his coffin on the day of his funeral.

Hundreds of members of the armed forces would have been called upon to line the streets in honour of the duke.

Thousands of police officers would have been called to keep control of crowds and protect the members of the royal family taking part.

Organisers are said to be "desperately anxious" not to stage anything that attracts mass gatherings, one source said.

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