Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died on April 9 at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. He was the nation’s longest serving consort – the name used to describe the spouse of a reigning monarch – and had been married to the queen for 73 years.
“She is the queen, she will conduct herself with the extraordinary dignity and courage that she always does,” said Welby, who will be giving a blessing at the funeral.
Early Saturday the Duke’s coffin was moved from the private chapel to the inner hall of Windsor Castle, where it has rested since the day of his death.
Those in attendance included high-ranking members of the royal family as well as relatives and close friends of the Duke, including Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Penny Brabourne, Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse.
Philip maintained close ties with the military community throughout his life after retiring from sea service in 1953, including the position of Captain General of the Royal Marines.
Before the ceremony, the Duke’s coffin, draped with his personal flag and with his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers placed on it, is brought in a guided procession from Windsor Castle to the chapel by the band of Grenadier Guards.
The vehicle is followed in a walking procession by senior family members, including Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William and Prince Harry. They will all be in civilian clothes.
Some of the Duke’s closest aides, including his private secretary and personal protection officer, will also take part in the procession.
Meanwhile the rest of the parish, including Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge; Princess Beatrice; Princess Eugenie and other family members will arrive at the chapel by car.
Prince Harry’s wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, will be absent after her doctor advised against international travel.
The Queen will arrive at the chapel separately, accompanied by a waiting lady.
A life of service
The guns will be fired at one minute intervals and the exit tower bell will ring before the funeral service, while the silence of a national minute marks the beginning.
In the chapel, all parishioners wear face-covering as required by public health regulations.
The Duke was closely involved in planning his own memorial service, selecting the music and making sure the ceremony reflected his military affiliations and personal interests.
The service will be led by the Dean of Windsor, Right Reverend David Conner and Archbishop of Canterbury Welby and is expected to last 50 minutes. Among the readings there will be Ecclesiasticus 43 and John 11.
A four-member choir, accompanied by the organ, will sing pieces selected by the Duke, including Benjamin Britten’s “Jubilate in C”, a piece he commissioned for St. George’s Chapel Choir. In accordance with coronavirus restrictions, the community will not sing along.
The choir will also sing an adaptation of Psalm 104, which the Duke wanted William Lovelady to set to music. The piece was sung at a concert for Prince Philip’s 75th birthday.
The dean will then give the commendation and the duke’s coffin will be lowered into the royal vault, where many members of the royal family were laid to rest. The vault under the chapel was built by George III. Built by one of several kings buried in it.
The vault will not be Philip’s final resting place. When the queen dies, he will be taken to the memorial chapel of King George VI. Displaced to lie down next to her.
At the Duke’s request, the end of the memorial service will be marked by the Buglers of the Royal Marines sounding “Action Stations,” an announcement traditionally made on a warship to indicate that all hands should go to battle stations.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will then give the blessing. The ceremony then ends with the national anthem.
Tributes to Prince Philip have been received from well-wishers from around the world, many of whom have commented on the Duke’s extraordinary life and service to the Queen.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1939, the same year he first met Elizabeth, and served during World War II. They married in 1947, and after the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952, he relinquished his rank as Commander-in-Chief to assist her in her royal duties.
He played an active role in the royal family before retiring from public engagements in 2017.
The royal family entered a two-week period of mourning after his death, and many UK broadcasters postponed important programming as a token of respect.
Harry’s brother William, the Duke of Cambridge, said Prince Philip was an “extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation” with an “infectious sense of adventure”.
CNN’s Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Laura Smith-Spark, Angela Dewan, Sarah Dean, Luke McGee and Eoin McSweeney contributed to this report.