Queen Elizabeth (94) and her late husband Prince Philip, who passed away 99 years old Friday morning, has one longer love story than most.
The couple, who had four children together, met at a very young age, and have lived together in ups and downs through a long life in public.
In connection with his death, it has become known that a national mourning period of eight days has been introduced. In these days, the queen will refrain from performing any royal duties, and all state relations will also be put on pause.
After the eight days, a further mourning period for the royals is expected – more specifically for 30 days. Guards will also be seen wearing black bracelets on their uniforms during this period.
But already on Tuesday this week, the queen made an exception. That in connection with a farewell ceremony at Windsor Castle for Earl Peel (73), who retired from the title of Lord Chamerlain, or Chief Justice of the British Royal Family, just a week before Prince Philips’ death.
It emerges through Court Circular, the official list of previous royal engagements, writes BBC. The chief of staff is said to have had an audience with the queen on Tuesday, ie four days after Prince Philips’ death.
Peel announced last year that he would retire, and at the same time it became known that Andrew Parker, a former MI5 spy chief, would take over the role.
Just a short time before Earl Peel resigned after 14 years in the Lord Chamerlain position, he looked over the plans for how Prince Philips’ funeral will take place next Saturday.
On Saturday, it was revealed that the event in connection with Prince Philips ‘death will celebrate a life of service and reflect Prince Philips’ wishes. According to the royal commentator Joe Little, the prince wanted a more secluded funeral, without all the “pomp and splendor”.
Planning for the prince’s funeral began as early as Friday, shortly after the national mourning period began.
We do not escape the fact that the corona pandemic will greatly affect the plans for the funeral. Normally, the funeral would include a military parade through the streets of London, with thousands of spectators present.
Ever since the pandemic began, the organizers have prepared a careful contingency strategy, should it turn out that the prince died. The funeral, which will be broadcast on television, will be a ceremonial royal funeral, and not a state funeral, in line with royal protocol.
At the prince’s request, the coffin will be closed to the public, in contrast to a so-called “lit de parade” where the body is on display for public tribute.