UK prepares for funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, longtime consort of Queen Elizabeth II
By Sara Spary and Ivana Kottasová, CNN*
(CNN)Prince Philip, the late husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, will be laid to rest Saturday in an intimate service attended by 30 people including members of the royal family.
Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died at the age of 99 on April 9 in Windsor Castle. He was the nation’s longest-serving consort — the name used to describe the spouse of a reigning monarch — and had been married to the Queen for 73 years.
His death has left a “huge void” in the “stoic” Queen’s life, her son, Prince Andrew has said
The funeral service will be a muted affair, by royal standards, and will take place at St. George’s Chapel, which lies within the grounds of Windsor Castle, at 3 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).
Those in attendance will include senior members of the royal family as well as relatives and close friends of the duke, among them Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Penny Brabourne, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, and Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse.