HRH Prince Philip's Funeral Set for April 17

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Flags around town and across the country have been lowered to half-mast following the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Ottawa began the eight-day mourning period Friday, April 9th with the lowering of the flag on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill and at all federal buildings in Canada. The flags will remain lowered until sunset on Saturday, April 17th.

Prince Philip’s funeral will be a small one with only 30 people allowed in attendance according to the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 restrictions. As the husband of the Queen, technically referred to as the Queen’s Consort, Prince Philip was entitled to a state funeral but the ongoing pandemic will ensure that his wishes for a “less fussy” funeral will be met. At his own wishes, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will be given a military funeral in a private service in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. The funeral will begin at 3 pm with a minute of silence and will be broadcast. The funeral procession will begin at approximately 2:45 pm which is 7:45 am here in Saskatchewan. Although, not yet confirmed that CBC or CTV will be airing coverage, in the past all major events pertaining to the Royal Family have been broadcast and one would expect no less at this time.

Prince Philip visited Canada more than 20 times alongside Queen Elizabeth and travelled here by himself 46 times over the years. He had a close relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces and received eleven honourary appointments across every branch of our military, and served at honourary Colonel-in-Chief for six Canadian units. He accompanied Queen Elizabeth as she visited Saskatchewan in 1973, 1978, 1987, and in 2005 for the provincial centennial.

A palace spokesman said "While this is naturally a time of sadness and mourning for the royal family and the many others who knew and admired the Duke of Edinburgh, it is hoped that the coming days will also be seen as an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable life: Remarkable both in terms of his vast contribution and lasting legacy."

Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Wakaw Recorder