An emotional Prince Charles and other Royal Family members and mourners have arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral.
He wore a face mask as he was driven through the castle’s gates, as did Prince William and wife Kate Middleton as they departed Kensington Palace in west London.
The Queen, 94, is preparing to say her final goodbye to her husband of 73 years following his death at their Berkshire home on April 9.
Philip, 99, will be interred in the Royal Vault alongside 24 other coffins following an eight-minute procession and a 50-minute service that has been scaled back due to England’s coronavirus rules.
Just 30 mourners, led by the Queen and her four children and eight grandchildren, are allowed to attend the televised service, and they are required to wear face masks and social distance throughout.
Hundreds of people defied a warning from police and showed up to lay flowers or survey the scene outside the castle, surrounded by armed police, in the hours before the funeral, due to begin at 3pm.
At 11am, Philip's coffin was moved by a bearer party from the Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards to the royal residence's inner hall.
The duke had a close association with the regiment serving as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards for 42 years.
His coffin was covered with a wreath, his sword, Naval cap and his personal standard.
It had throughout the week been resting in Windsor Castle's private chapel.
Funeral cars and soldiers on horseback began arriving at the castle a short time later on a bright spring day.
Just after 2pm, the duke’s hat, gloves and whip were brought into the castle on a carriage pulled by his beloved fell ponies.
At 2.41pm, Philip’s coffin will be placed into a modified Land Rover, which he helped to design, at the castle’s State Entrance.
It will be met by Royal Family members who are walking behind it in the procession, including his children, led by heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, 72, and his grandchildren.
Feuding brothers William, 38, and Harry, 36, will not walk shoulder to shoulder behind the Land Rover. They will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips, 43.
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None of the senior royals will be wearing military uniform after the Queen intervened in a row over the dress code.
Harry, who is reuniting with his family for the first time since he and wife Meghan Markle quit as senior royals and gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey, faced the embarrassment of wearing a suit while others wore military uniform.
The Duke of Sussex was stripped of his military links as a result of so-called Megxit.
Meghan, who is pregnant with a girl, and the couple’s toddler son Archie, who turns two in May, did not travel with Harry from their home in Los Angeles to the UK.
Harry was reportedly self-isolating at nearby Frogmore Cottage after arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport last Sunday.
At 2.44pm, the Queen,. accompanied by a lady-in-waiting, will leave the castle from the Sovereign's Entrance in the State Bentley as the national anthem is played.
The Bentley will pause as it reaches the rear of the procession so the front section of the procession can turn to face the direction of travel.
The procession, which is planned to take eight minutes, will set off at 2.45pm.
The firing of minute guns by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn and the sound of the Curfew Tower Bell will form the backdrop as members of the Royal Family who are already at St George's Chapel stand to view the procession.
The Queen will be received by the Dean of Windsor who will show the mourners at the service, including those who have been watching the procession, to their seats.
A royal salute will be given by the Windsor Castle Guard as the coffin passes the Parade Ground.
The Rifles Guard of Honour, positioned in Horseshoe Cloister, will give a royal salute and the national anthem will be played.
The Land Rover is due to arrive at the foot of the West Steps of the chapel at 2.53pm.
The coffin will be carried up the steps and halt on the second landing as royals take their positions on the steps.
The nation will hold a minute of silence at 3pm, signalled by a gun fired by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
After the minute's silence, the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury will receive the coffin and it will be carried inside the chapel as those who walked in the procession take their places.
Philip's "unwavering loyalty" to the Queen and "courage, fortitude and faith" will be hailed at his funeral.
No sermon will be delivered during the ceremonial royal service, in keeping with Philip's wishes.
His love of the sea and long association with the Royal Navy permeates the Order of Service, with the music chosen by the duke including the hymn Eternal Father, Strong To Save – traditionally associated with seafarers and the maritime armed services.
The Dean of Windsor, in the Bidding, will pay tribute to Philip's "kindness, humour and humanity".
"With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us," he will say of Philip.
"We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.
"Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity."
The Dean will give the commendation as the coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault following the 50-minute service.
A lament will then be played by a Pipe Major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The piper will walk from the North Quire Aisle to The Dean's Cloister.
The Last Post will be sounded by buglers of the Royal Marines from the west end of the Nave.
After a period of silence, the Reveille will be sounded by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry from the west end of the Nave.
The buglers of the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations and this is at the specific request of The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing, after which the national anthem will be sung by the four singers present.
After the service, the Queen and other mourners will leave the chapel via the Galilee Porch.
Philip died peacefully in his sleep two months before his 100th birthday.
His death came just weeks after he was released from a London hospital – the final time he was seen in public – following heart surgery and treatment for an infection.
Well-wishers turn out despite police warning
Thousands of well-wishers ignored a warning from police and turned out to pay their respects to Philip in Windsor.
Artist Kaya Mar brought a portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh he painted last Friday on hearing news of his death.
The 64-year-old, from London, said: "He was like the glue that held the Royal Family together.
"Colourful, outspoken – it is the end of an era and we will miss him very much.
Local pensioner Geoff Try donned a hat and braces adorned with Union Jacks as he paid tribute.
The retired travel boss, 89, was invited to dine with the duke and 60 others at Windsor Castle seven years ago following years of charity work.
He said: "A staff member introduced me and said 'you must know Geoff, he's lived here all his life', and the duke said 'I don't know every bloody person in Windsor’.
"We laugh about it as it's the sort of thing you would expect him to say."
Mr Try’s wife of 60 years Fiona, 84, said years ago Philip and the Queen used to do their Christmas shopping in the town.
She said: "It was like they were ordinary residents of Windsor. They used to ride out on the Long Walk and always smiled and said hello.”
Samantha Imafidon, 23, and her group of family and friends wore custom-made face masks with Prince Philip 's face on to honour him.
She said she was compelled to travel to Windsor from London to "show gratitude for his years of service", adding: "It's not every day a national treasure passed away."
Ms Imafidon, who works in tech, said Philip inspired her because was "ahead of his time" with modern technology.
"He was the one who convinced the Queen to give her first televised address," she added.
Her uncle, royal biographer Professor Chris Imafidon, 62, said he was disappointed that it had to be a small funeral for Philip.
Professor Imafidon, who wrote the 2016 book 90 Things you Didn't Know about Queen Elizabeth II, said: "This is a man who deserves the highest amount of respect, his funeral should be happening at St Paul's or Wembley Stadium, not limited to closed doors with only 30 people."
Who are the 30 guests?
The Duke of Edinburgh's carriage-driving companion – one of his closest confidantes – Countess Mountbatten of Burma will join mourners at his funeral.
The 67-year-old countess is the wife of Earl Mountbatten, Norton Knatchbull – the grandson of Philip's beloved uncle the 1st Earl Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.
The countess – Penelope "Penny" Knatchbull, previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne – will join the Queen and Philip's four children and eight grandchildren and their respective spouses at the service in St George's Chapel on Saturday.
Three German relatives – whose ancestors were denied a place at Princess Elizabeth and Philip's wedding because of anti-German feeling after the second war – have been included.
They are Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden; Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Others on the guest list include the Queen's first cousins Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent, who loyally supported the monarch and Philip by carrying out royal duties over the decades.
Also invited were the children of the Queen's late sister Princess Margaret – the Earl of Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband David Chatto.
The Queen is particularly close to Lady Sarah.
Guests also include the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Princess Royal and husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their spouses, Peter Phillips and Zara and Mike Tindall.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "At its heart it is still a family event.”
Here is the full list of guests who will attend the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral:
1. The Queen
2. The Prince of Wales
3. The Duchess of Cornwall
4. The Duke of Cambridge
5. The Duchess of Cambridge
6. The Duke of Sussex
7. The Duke of York
8. Princess Beatrice
9. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
10. Princess Eugenie
11. Jack Brooksbank
12. The Earl of Wessex
13. The Countess of Wessex
14. Lady Louise Windsor
15. Viscount Severn
16. The Princess Royal
17. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
18. Peter Phillips
19. Zara Phillips
20. Mike Tindall
21. Earl of Snowdon
22. Lady Sarah Chatto
23. Daniel Chatto
24. Duke of Gloucester
25. Duke of Kent
26. Princess Alexandra
27. Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden
28. Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
29. Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
30. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma
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