Prince Philip’s Funeral Will Be Televised, Here’s How to Watch

Last week, the world was shocked when the royal family announced the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It’s been a while since the royal family had a death of someone of Philip’s status, he was the longest serving consort in the history of the monarchy. Normally, royal funerals entail huge processions, but with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, things are running a little differently. Will Philip’s funeral still be televised? And if so, how can people watch it?

Prince Philip smiles during a visit to the headquarters of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force's 603 Squadron in Edinburgh, Scotland
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Prince Philip’s death

On April 9, the royal family announced Philip’s death.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the royal family’s official Instagram account announced.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the post continued. “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course.”

Who will attend the funeral?

The funerals of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II have been in the works for decades, according to Town & Country. Several times a year since the 1960s, the queen has met with palace officials to go over the plans for her husband’s funeral.

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However, the funeral will surely look different now that we are in the middle of a pandemic. Due to the pandemic, the UK has restricted the number of people that can gather at a funeral to 30. Prince Harry will attend the funeral, despite the recent tension between him and his family.

“Prince Harry will attend his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday (following all U.S. and U.K. Covid-19 protocols in the process),” royal reporter Omid Scobie tweeted. “A source adds that Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, made ‘every effort’ to travel but didn’t receive medical clearance from her physician.”

Harry is currently quarantining at his old home, Frogmore Cottage, where Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank currently live with their new son.

In addition to Harry, Queen Elizabeth, will obviously be in attendance, along with all four of her children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. The spouses of Charles, Ann, and Edward will also be in attendance. All eight of the queen’s grandchildren are also expected to attend, which includes, Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, and Peter Phillips. It is unclear which of the grandchildren will be able to bring their spouses to the services.

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After the funeral, the royal family will remain in mourning for two weeks, which means they will continue to wear their mourning bands during public engagements.

Where can you watch Prince Philip’s funeral?

Philip’s funeral will not be open to the public, but fans can still watch it on television. BBC One wil be broadcasting the service live on Apr. 17, starting at 3 p.m. BST.