The Queen is considering 'modified' funeral arrangements for Prince Philip due to the pandemic

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The Queen and Prince Philip. Steve Parsons/PA Images/Getty Images
  • The Queen is making "modified" arrangements for Prince Philip's funeral.

  • The Queen's husband, 99, died on Friday.

  • No more than 30 people will be allowed to attend the funeral due to the pandemic.

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Queen Elizabeth II is currently making funeral arrangements for her husband, Prince Philip, who died at Windsor Castle on Friday.

Buckingham Palace says the monarch is considering "modified" arrangements due to the restrictions in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified Funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty The Queen. Details will be confirmed in due course," a palace spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Insider on Friday.

"With the safety and wellbeing of the public in mind, and in accordance with Government guidelines, members of the public are asked not to gather in crowds," the statement added. "Those wishing to express their condolences are asked to do so in the safest way possible, and not to gather at Royal Residences.

"During this time the Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh," the statement went on, adding that an online Book of Condolence is available for the public to sign on the royal website.

Prince Philip will not have a state funeral. Although the Queen's consort is entitled to a state funeral, Philip reportedly once said that he didn't want the "fuss" that was involved with the ceremony.

The duke's body will lie in rest at Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral, which is due to take place at St George's Chapel, it was reported on Friday. The date of the funeral has not yet been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

No more than 30 people are currently allowed to attend funerals due to social-distancing guidelines.

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