The Real Meaning Of The Flag Draped Over Prince Philip’s Casket

The world will be watching as Prince Philip is laid to rest on Saturday, April 17. Queen Elizabeth II’s husband died on April 9 at the age of 99. “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. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss,” a statement issued by Buckingham Palace read (via People).

CNN reports that Philip will not have a state funeral, per his request. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way the funeral will be held, and the royal family has asked that people not gather to honor Philip due to health concerns. However, the royal family will gather at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for his service. There will be a procession as Philip’s coffin will travel by Land Rover from Windsor Castle to the chapel. There will also be a gun salute and a national minute of silence in honor of the duke’s life. Philip’s casket will also be adorned with something very special.

Prince Philip's personal flag will be laid over his casket

According to the BBC, Prince Philip will have his personal flag draped over his coffin during the funeral. The flag includes four square sections with different symbols on them. The top of the flag represents Philip’s heritage. The left corner will feature a yellow background with red hearts and blue dragons, which represent the Danish coat of arms. The top right includes the white cross from the national flag of Greece. The bottom left tile is black and white vertical stripes to represent the Mountbatten family, and the final piece depicts a castle that represents Edinburgh, in honor of his title the Duke of Edinburgh.

A wreath of flowers is also set to be laid on his casket, as well as Philip’s naval cap. The duke became a lord high admiral in 2011. His Royal Navy officer’s sword, which he wore at events will also be laid on the coffin during the funeral. Inside St. George’s Chapel, Philip’s medals and awarded military decorations, as well as his field marshal’s baton and Royal Air Force wings will also be displayed on cushions at the altar during the ceremony. Once the funeral is over, the duke will be taken to his final resting place in the royal vault. Philip’s funeral will be broadcast live on Saturday, April 17. 

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