Who are the pall bearers at Prince Philip's funeral?

PRINCE Philip's funeral will take place on Saturday, April 17, at an intimate ceremony at Windsor Castle.

But who will be the pall bearers at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral?

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Who are the pall bearers at Prince Philip's funeral?

The pall bearers at Prince Philip's funeral will be members of the Royal Marines.

They will make up the bearer party – and will lift the Duke's coffin from the Land Rover.

And they will then carry the coffin up to the West Steps ahead of the service.

It is very fitting that members of the Marines will be the pall bearers – as Prince Philip had such a close connection to them during his dazzling career.

Leaving school at 17, the Duke joined the Royal Navy as a cadet, arriving at the Britannia Royal Naval College and graduating as a top cadet.

And Prince Philip served as the Captain-General of the Royal Marines for over 64 years.

He took up his position, granted by Queen Elizabeth, in June 1953.

And the title was then handed to Prince Harry in December 2017.

What is a pall bearer?

A pallbearer is someone who is selected by a close family member of the deceased to help carry the casket to the burial site at a funeral.

Before the funeral service or mass, pall bearers gather around the casket and slowly carry it down the aisle to the front of the church or place of worship.

After the service or mass, pall bearers carry the casket out of the church or place of worship and to the hearse.

Pall bearers place the casket on a special piece of equipment that lifts it to the back of the hearse.

Why do pall bearers wear white gloves?

Pall bearers may wear white gloves in order to prevent damaging the casket and to show respect to the deceased person.

Guests at Prince Philip's funeral WON'T be allowed to sing at the service because of coronavirus rules.

Only a small choir will be able to perform pieces of music chosen by the Duke of Edinburgh himself, Buckingham Palace said today.

The choir of singers will be made up of three lay clerks in St George's Chapel choir and one soprano.

And the singers will be seated away from the congregation-of-30, in line with Covid rules.

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