Broadcasts of Saturday’s funeral service for Britain’s Prince Philip are now available for free online streaming from The Royal Family, The BBC and Sky News.
The funeral service for Prince Philip took place at 3 pm local British time – 10 am EST in the U.S. – on Saturday, April 17, 2021, 2021. The service was preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle and then began with a one-minute observance of a National Silence. The funeral itself was held in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.
“It was breathtaking … under the bluest of skies, polished metal glinted, and heads were bowed,” said Sky News commentator Jason Farrell.
You can view the complete service, or brief highlights, online at:
The funeral was in line with The Duke of Edinburgh’s own personal wishes, and the occasion recognised and celebrated The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth, the Royal Family said.
It was a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral – something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. For more details see: Funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Charles Makes Statement
Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, paid tribute to his father earlier in a brief video below.
Speaking outside his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire, Prince Charles, 72, said his father had “given the most remarkable, devoted service to the Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth”.
“My dear papa” was a “very special person who above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him”.
Prince Philip PBS Special
PBS broadcast a special biography of Prince Philip on Monday, April 12, and you can stream if free now on Youtube at This Link or just click on the video below.
Prince Philip Died April 9
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth and the longest-serving consort in British history, died Friday, April 9, at age 99.
The Prince, patriarch of the British royal family, died peacefully at the royal residence at Windsor Castle near London, the Royal Family announced.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the Royal Family announced on Facebook.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave tribute to Prince Philip after the news, praising his lifelong support for Queen Elizabeth II and adding that he had “earned the affection of generations.”
“He was the longest-serving consort in history and one of the last surviving people in this country to have served in the Second World War,” Mr. Johnson said.
Prince Philip’s Life
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, who turned 94 last June, were married in 1947.
Prince Philip was born in Greece on June 10, 1921. He was born into the Greek and Danish royal families but his family was exiled from the country when he was eighteen months old. After being educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939, aged 18.
From July 1939, he began corresponding with the thirteen-year-old Princess Elizabeth, whom he had first met in 1934. During the Second World War he served with distinction in the Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets. After the war, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, he abandoned his Greek and Danish titles and styles, became a naturalised British subject, and adopted his maternal grandparents’ surname Mountbatten.
He married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. Just before the wedding, he was granted the style His Royal Highness and created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King George VI. Philip left active military service when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, having reached the rank of commander, and was made a British prince in 1957.
You can read more about his life history at the Royal Family Page.
Below are more details about Prince Philip from the Royal Family Facebook Page.
Windsor Castle Tour
An overview of Windsor Castle was provided on The Royal Family Youtube Channel, shown below.