Camden's Levertons to arrange the funeral of Prince Philip on April 17
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Camden's famous Leverton & Sons will continue its long association with the Royal Family and look after arrangements for Prince Philip's funeral.
The Queen's consort died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday (April 9), two months before his 100th birthday.
Buckingham Palace announced that the ceremonial royal funeral will take place on Sunday, April 17 in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The Queen and her family will follow guidelines and be wearing face masks and socially distancing.
A national minute’s silence will be observed as it begins at 3pm.
The family firm Levertons - based in Mornington Crescent but with offices in Golders Green, Kentish Town, Hampstead, Muswell Hill and Gospel Oak - first became the Royal Family's undertakers of choice in 1991.
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On April 17 the duke’s coffin will be transported from the castle to the chapel in a modified Land Rover he helped to design, and followed by the Prince of Wales and senior royals on foot, a senior Palace official said.
The Queen has approved the Prime Minister’s recommendation of national mourning, which began on April 9 and runs until and including the day of the funeral.
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The Duke’s children, grandchildren and other close family will be among the 30 attending, but the Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel to the UK. It is understood Meghan wanted to travel with Harry, but has not received the medical clearance to board a plane.
Originally 800 people would have been due to gather to pay their respects to the nation’s longest serving consort, but Philip is known to have wanted a low key affair.
All public elements of the funeral have been cancelled, it will be televised but take place entirely in the grounds of the castle.
Public elements of Operation Forth Bridge – the codename for the duke’s funeral plans – were abandoned for fear of drawing crowds.
Since it began serving the Royal Family, Levertons has managed funerals including Princess Diana's in 1997 and that of the Queen Mother in 2002.