When is Prince Philip's funeral and will it be on TV?

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Rebecca Taylor
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Prince Philip will be honoured and remembered in a small, family funeral, as the nation continues to operate within coronavirus restrictions.

Plans for an 800-strong ceremony had to be shelved as the Queen and her aides adapted the send-off to fit with government guidelines.

But the changes would probably have suited the Duke of Edinburgh, who was said to want to avoid a fuss when he died.

Many of the plans which have been revealed are in accordance with his wishes, including that he did not want to lie in state.

When is Prince Philip's funeral?

Prince Philip's funeral will be held on 17 April.

His funeral will not be a bank holiday, in part because it's being held on a Saturday.

There will be a procession through the grounds of Windsor Castle beginning at 2.40pm. 

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 13: Stewards are seen outside a gate to Windsor Castle as tributes continue to be made to Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh who died at age 99 on April 13, 2021 in Windsor, United Kingdom. The Queen announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. HRH passed away peacefully April 9th at Windsor Castle. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Stewards outside a gate to Windsor Castle as tributes continue to be made to Prince Philip. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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The ceremony will be at 3pm. It will begin with a national minute of silence.

No part of the ceremony will be visible from the roads around the castle and members of the public are asked not to congregate in the Berkshire town.

Will Prince Philip's funeral be on TV?

ITV confirmed it would be showing the funeral and would precede the ceremony with a special programme. 

Prince Philip – A Royal Funeral will be broadcast from 1.15pm on ITV. It will be presented by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham.

On the BBC, there will be coverage of events on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Huw Edwards will host HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered live from Windsor Castle at 7pm, which will include interviews with people set to play a key role in the funeral service and ceremonial procession.

He will be joined by Sophie Raworth and former Royal Marine JJ Chalmers on Saturday from 12.30pm for the procession and ceremony.

Edwards will return from 8.10pm for a show reflecting on the day's events.

Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live will carry coverage from 2pm until 4.10pm, as will BBC local stations.

The funeral could break records if it pulls more viewers than Boris Johnson's announcement of the national lockdown on 4 January.

So far the prime minister's broadcast holds the record for the biggest audience of 2021, at 25.1 million people across five channels.

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Other big audience numbers from this year include the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with US broadcaster Oprah Winfrey, broadcast by ITV on 8 March and watched by 13.9 million.

But judging by reaction to the coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh's death, those will be hard figures to top.

More than 100,000 people complained to the BBC after it pulled hours of scheduled programming to broadcast tributes to the duke on 9 April, after he died.

And a YouGov poll showed that 57% of people thought the media coverage has been "too much".

The funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales on 6 September 1997 was watched by 19.3 million people on BBC One and 11.7 million on ITV. It remains one of the most-watched live events in television history.

Who will be going to Prince Philip's funeral?

The exact guest list of the funeral is not confirmed, and it's expected the royal household will announce who is going on Thursday, 15 April.

Prince Harry has arrived in the UK to attend, and of course Philip's children and grandchildren will be there along with the Queen.

Britain's Prince Philip leaves after the funeral service of Patricia Knatchbull, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London, Britain June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Matt Dunham/Pool
Prince Philip at the funeral service of Patricia Knatchbull, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma in 2017. (Reuters/Matt Dunham/Pool)

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But with only 30 guests allowed in total, there are questions over who of the Queen's cousins or the duke's cousins will be able to attend.

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