Britain mourns Prince Philip, longtime consort of Queen Elizabeth II, as funeral plans are awaited - CNN
Apr 10, 2021 2 mins, 0 secs
Huge banks of bouquets were left by well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle and elsewhere following the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

"Although this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many, we are asking the public not to gather at royal residences, and continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimizing travel," a Cabinet Office spokesperson said in a statement.

Funeral arrangements for Philip are expected to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace on Saturday, according to a royal source.

CNN understands that plans for royal funerals have been in place for many years, but the ceremonial elements have had to be altered due to the Covid-19 restrictions in the UK.

The College of Arms, which oversees many ceremonial aspects of the royal family's work, said in a statement Friday that the funeral would be held at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, "in line with custom and with His Royal Highness's wishes."

The statement said the ceremony would not be a state funeral and would not be preceded by a lying-in-state, which could have seen thousands of members of the public lining up to view his coffin.

"The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and it is regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral," the statement added.

More than 200,000 people filed past the coffin of the Queen Mother -- who preceded Philip as royal consort -- as she lay in state in April 2002, and many thousands lined the streets to pay their respects as her funeral procession passed.

Such a mass expression of grief is unthinkable in a time of pandemic.

across the weekend," the organization has announced.

An online book of condolence was launched on the royal family's official website, as they joined the British government in asking that "members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh."

The bells of London's Westminster Abbey, where Prince Philip married Queen Elizabeth more than 70 years ago, rang on Friday evening in honor of him.

Gun salutes will be fired from noon local time on Saturday, the UK Ministry of Defense wrote in a statement.

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