Prince Philip, the greatest of the great old men of Europe, will find his rest today in Windsor, the castle where, in one of the many twists and turns among the royal families of Europe, his mother, Princess Alice of Battenburg , was born in 1885, together with her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. Philip’s procession, service and internment, which will last more than three hours, starting at 2:45 p.m. UK Standard Time, will necessarily be compact compared to what, before the pandemic, it was supposed to be, but its solemn congratulations and its celebration will not be. run out of classic British royal or military pageantry, with the participation of no less than twenty regiments from all branches of the British armed forces.
In the US, TBEN, MSNBC, and Fox will begin coverage at 9:00 a.m. EST, and the majors TBEN, NBC, and TBEN will resume half an hour later at 9:30 a.m. The Royal Family itself will offer a live broadcast starting at 6:30 a.m. ET.
It is no exaggeration to say that with Philip, in the vault under the notebook of Saint George passes an entire and utterly turbulent time for the royal families of Europe, largely because he was a descendant of two of the most important, in England and Denmark and Germany. He went through the times and took on the role entrusted to him, from his miserable, albeit royal, beginnings in exile from the monarchy adopted by his father and uncle in Greece to his intimate fighting roles in virtually all of them. theaters from WWII until its magnificent third. take action, actively supporting Elizabeth and the monarchy for about seven decades.
Like many others in Windsor on this day of national mourning for Britain, the order of service, issued by Buckingham Palace on April 16, was composed by Philip himself, up to and including the selection hymns and liturgy. The day is a very thoughtful construction and, like man, without excuse, avant-garde: Philip’s regiments were his, his habits and his famous crisp mind were his, so, what we’ll see in the segments we’re allowed to watch is Philip’s very personal narrative valuation.
This tale will be found in the intoxicating mix of regiments, processional and occasional music, and not the least, in the scriptures and hymns of the service itself. According to his wishes, and according to the decided clarity of the celebrated soldier, there will be no eulogy. The emphasis, quite peculiar to Prince Philip, is on the account sent by the presence of the regiments and the formal order of service. They will tell the story of man, as will the astonishing array of medals sewn onto the nine cushions and placed on the altar of Saint George. As economical as it may sound, there is a lot of freedom in this unspoken and powerful architecture for the thirty guests, the queen, and for the millions of people who will be watching to turn their thoughts to the many facets of man.
For example: as the procession leaves the castle towards Saint-Georges, the Royal Horse Artillery, which has dragged the heavy caissons carrying their “submachine guns” – Napoleonic-style field guns so called because they are fired ceremoniously literally at the minute – in Windsor, will fire their cannon to mark each minute of the procession’s eight-minute journey from the Castle Quadrangle to the Horseshoe Cloister before the West Steps of St. George’s. Minute firearms would be a feature of any British monarch internment ceremony.
However, narratively speaking, Philip’s long service to the Crown began during the war, one of the largest and most difficult the world has known, and his service to the Crown continued in that military vein. for the next eight decades. The minute reports of the Royal Horse Artillery cannon hitting the clock as the procession heads to St. George’s will give the procession, and each of us, a great opportunity to reflect on the importance of this. In essence, within this canon salute is Philip’s own understanding of his work life metaphor.
The procession itself will form within an hour of 3:00 p.m. UK Standard Time (10 a.m. EST), and will depart from the Windsor Quadrangle for the West Steps of St. George’s at 2:45 p.m. BST sharp. The Windsor Castle quadrangle will be bordered by Houshold Cavalry and other regiments with ties to the Patriarch. The Grenadier Guards fanfare will lead the procession, followed by the staff of the British armed forces. Prince Philip atop his Land Rover will follow, flanked by porters from the Royal Marines and other regiments close to the Prince. In other words, the entire front half of the funeral procession will be military. Following Philip and his troops, the members of the Royal Family on Foot, led by Charles and Anne, will follow them the Queen and a Maid of Honor in Bentley State.
Much has been said about the Queen’s guest list last week, but slim as it is, it’s a very crafty composition, delicately strung into blood relations in England and, fascinatingly, featuring three descendants of Battenburg titles from Germany.
As for the order of the service itself, it is the old eloquence and old words that Philip chose for himself, including chapters from Ecclesiasticus and John.