Friday evening UK news briefing: Why Prince Philip's funeral will be most moving of all - plus full timings

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Your evening briefing from The Telegraph
Your evening briefing from The Telegraph

Even in a pared down ceremony more than 700 military personnel will take part in the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh tomorrow.

Yet despite the relatively toned down simplicity compared to other royal funerals – ever a hallmark of the Duke's approach even with the Covid regulations – the day will be choreographed to perfection.

Commentator Hugo Vickers has attended many royal funerals - stretching back to Princess Marina in 1968 - but describes why Prince Philip's will be the most intensely moving of them all.

Here are all the timings for tomorrow.

The ceremony will take place at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Take a look inside.

Viewers will also pay close attention for any interaction between Prince William and Prince Harry but read why their cousin Peter Phillips, who will walk between them in the procession, is the ideal peacemaker.

Celia Walden reflects on how Prince Harry's 'Long Walk' back to Windsor will be a bigger test for him than his wedding day.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex viewed tributes left by the public and national leaders in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh today.

Many have shared affectionate stories of the Duke but few have been as surprising as the tale uncovered by archivists at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California.

Read how the Duke wrote to "humbly apologise" for a faux pas at a White House dinner with President Nixon in 1969, which was enough for him to lose sleep.

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Also in the news: Today's other headlines

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Sport briefing

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And finally... for this evening's downtime

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