Prince Philip's funeral has 'his fingerprints all over it', says Army chief

PRINCE Philip’s funeral will have “his fingerprints all over it”, the head of the Army has said. 

General Sir Nick Carter said that the service at Windsor Castle tomorrow will “show how much the armed forces loved and respected him”. 

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General Sir Nick, the Chief of the Defence Staff, will walk alongside the coffin as part of the funeral procession tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking ahead of the service, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “I think that what people will notice in all the different details in terms of the ceremony, that his fingerprints were over it.

“And it reflects his wide interests and his attention to detail.”

It comes as…

  • Prince Harry and William won't stand near each other at Philip's funeral on Saturday
  • The full guest list of 30 attendees was revealed
  • The Queen will sit alone after arriving in a Bentley with a Lady in Waiting
  • The pall bearers at Prince Philip's funeral will be members of the Royal Marines
  • Pregnant Meghan Markle will make 'private arrangements' to mark the funeral
  • A band of military personnel will walk in front of Prince Philip's coffin

Sir Nick added that the funeral will also reflect the high esteem in which the Duke of Edinburgh was held by the military. 

He continued: “It will reflect military precision and above all, I think, it will be a celebration of a life well-lived.

“It will also show, I think, how much the armed forces loved and respected him.

“I think he will be very much remembered in the armed forces for the interest he showed in us and, of course, the good humour, wit and empathy that he always had with all of us, particularly the rank and file.”

Prince Philip had an esteemed naval career, and served in the force during the Second World War.

There will only be 30 mourners at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral due to coronavirus restrictions – and Buckingham Palace said the Queen faced "very difficult" decisions over who would attend.

Prince Philip will make his final journey in a Land Rover hearse he designed himself to St George's chapel at Windsor castle.

In line with the Duke's wishes, he will be laid to rest in a ceremonial – rather than state – funeral.

Action Stations, sounded on naval warships to signal all hands must go to battle stations, will be played at the request of the Duke.

Buglers of the Royal Marines will perform the wartime alert, a tradition sometimes associated with naval funerals, in honour of Philip's active service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

The Last Post will also be played to signify "a soldier has gone to his final rest".

Buckingham Palace revealed the list of attendees on Thursday.

Philip's immediate family – including the Queen, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – obviously top the list of mourners.

All of the duke's grandchildren and their spouses – including William, Harry, Eugenie and Beatrice – will also be attending.

Three of Philip's German relatives – Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg – are among the attendees.

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