Prince Philip’s funeral will be scaled back due to pandemic

The death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, at 99 on Friday came at the end of a year marked by mourning, with 150,000 lives lost to Covid-19 in Britain. Monarchs, heads of state and PMs across the world, both past and present, have been sending heartfelt tributes following the death of Prince Philip.

The ceremony will not be a state funeral and will not be preceded by a lying-in-state, according to a statement from the College of Arms, which has created and maintained official registers of coats of arms and pedigrees since 1484. His Royal Highness’s body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral in St. George’s Chapel, the statement said. The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and the authorities has regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral. Philip had been hospitalized in February for a heart problem and was discharged last month. Buckingham Palace said that his hospitalization was not related to the coronavirus.

Britain is slowly emerging from a stringent national lockdown of recent months, with outdoor spaces in pubs and restaurants scheduled to reopen on Monday, as well as nonessential shops, gyms and hair salons.