Military rehearsals take place for Prince Philip's funeral

Duke of Edinburgh will be laid to rest with all of the honours due to a prince of the UK

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Military rehearsals took place on Wednesday for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday at Windsor Castle, where attendance will be limited to 30 because of coronavirus restrictions.

The preparations were taking place at Pirbright Barracks in Woking.

Servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force will take part in the funeral procession, and Philip’s coffin will be taken to St George’s Chapel at the castle on a Land Rover that he designed.

The prince, who died at the age of 99 on Friday, will be laid to rest with all the honours due to a prince of the UK and a consort to Queen Elizabeth II.

But the coronavirus pandemic means it will be a more low-key farewell than has marked many royal deaths.

The pandemic has led to changes to the plans for Philip’s passing, codenamed Operation Forth Bridge.