Prince Philip’s funeral ‘difficult day’ for Queen says expert
Prince Philip sadly passed away last Friday, at the age of 99. The Duke had spent a month in hospital earlier this year and was discharged on March 16 - just weeks before he died. Being able to move back to Windsor Castle would have been a great blessing for Philip, according to an expert, who said the senior royal did not want to die in hospital.
Royal biographer Robert Jobson has written a new book on the Duke, titled 'Prince Philip's Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh', which will be out for release next month.
At the start of the book, the expert paid tribute to the late royal and discussed the Queen's husband's funeral arrangements, which he said were meticulously planned.
He wrote: “Philip was as pragmatic about death as he was practical in life.
"His first instruction was that he would not die in hospital, but at Windsor Castle, his home.
Prince Philip was granted his wish to die at home at Windsor Castle
The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery make their way up The Long Walk towards Windsor Castle during rehearsal preparations taking place ahead of Prince Philip's funeral
"Further detailed instructions for his own funeral, known by the codename 'Operation Forth Bridge', were to be carried out to the letter and were incontestable."
Mr Jobson said the Duke had altered his funeral arrangements last year, in case he were to die while Covid restrictions were in force.
He said: "When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck in March 2020 and both he and the Queen were forced to relocate and self-isolate at Windsor he agreed to simplify the funeral arrangements still further should anything happen to him.
"He never liked loose ends."
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Prince Philip sadly passed away last Friday, at the age of 99
The news of Prince Philip's death was announced at 12pm on Friday April 9.
A notice placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace read: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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.
"Further announcements will be made in due course.
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Prince Philip was married to the Queen for 73 years
"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
The Palace announced the Duke's funeral will take place at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, from 3pm.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, only 30 guests will be allowed to attend in person.
Few details of the ceremony have been released so far, but the Palace are due to make an announcement at 5pm on Thursday outlining the plans.
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Prince Harry has flown back from the US to attend the funeral, leaving heavily pregnant wife Meghan Markle behind.
The Duchess was not given the go-ahead from her doctor to travel such a long distance.
Saturday's funeral will mark the first time Prince Harry has been reunited with members of the Royal Family since he stepped down from royal duties last March.
'Prince Philip's Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh' by Robert Jobson will be available to buy from May 13.