HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

09 April 2021

 His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GCVO GBE

10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021


 Funeral Arrangements

It has been announced by Buckingham Palace that the funeral of His Royal Highness will take place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, at 15:00 on Saturday 17 April. For all information regarding the Funeral and associated observances please consult



National Mourning

A period of National Mourning has commenced and will last until the end of 17 April. Details of National Mourning are set out in guidance issued by the Government and available here.

Buckingham Palace has communicated The Queen's wish that the Royal Family observe two weeks of Royal Mourning starting on Friday 9 April. Royal Mourning will be observed by Members of the Royal Family and their Households, together with troops committed to Ceremonial Duties. During this period, Members of the Royal Family will continue undertaking engagements appropriate to the circumstances.

A national one-minute silence will be observed at 15:00 on the day of His Royal Highness’s funeral.


 Flag-Flying Instructions

All official flags, including the Union Flag, will be flown at half-mast from now until 08:00 on the day following the funeral. Flags may be flown overnight during this period but should remain at half-mast. Official flags in this instance are defined as Union Flags, the national flags of the home nations, ensigns and ships’ colours.

Any non-official flags flying or due to be flown should be taken down and replaced with a Union Flag flying at half-mast. Official flags scheduled to be flown should be flown as planned but at half-mast.

Flags will be flown at half-mast during this period, including on days which would otherwise be flag-flying days. The only exception is when The Queen is present within a building or its precincts, at which time the Royal Standard will be flown at full mast.

The flag flown should be clean and in a state of good repair. When flags are flown at half-mast they should first be raised to the top of the flagpole, and then lowered to a point two-thirds of the way up, with at least the height of the flag between the top of the flag and the top of the flagpole. When lowering a flag, it should first be raised to the top and then lowered to the ground. Flagpoles which are more than 45 degrees from the vertical should fly no flag as half-masting is not possible.

The flying of flags on buildings of Her Majesty’s Government is determined by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office and administered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), subject to the instructions of the Prime Minister, and the advice and guidance of Garter King of Arms.

This protocol will apply to Flag Stations (establishments listed in the Queen’s Regulations for the Army), naval and RAF establishments, at home and abroad; all British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates; and on all buildings of Her Majesty’s Government, Parliament, agencies and devolved administrations throughout the United Kingdom.

Devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales will issue instructions for the flying of the Union Flag and others official flags on buildings in their estate and others as necessary. In Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Office will issue instructions for buildings covered by the Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000.

The Governments of the Commonwealth Realms, British Overseas Territories and Dependencies will be following the same flag protocol as set out above.

The instructions above are not binding on local authorities, public institutions, or others. They will need to take their own decisions as to flag-flying; but the above protocol may be useful for guidance.

The flying of flags in general is subject to planning laws, which state that flags may not be flown without planning consent, unless they fall into certain categories. For details of these categories please see It also comes under the general oversight and authority of the Earl Marshal, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and Lord Lyon King of Arms, in Scotland.


The Titles of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh was granted the style and title of Royal Highness on 19 November 1947; on the next day, 20 November, he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, of Greenwich in the County of London. These peerages are hereditary and on the death of His Royal Highness have passed to his eldest son, HRH The Prince of Wales. In the event of the Prince of Wales or any subsequent holder of these titles succeeding to the Crown, these titles and all others held will merge with the Crown.

His Royal Highness was made a Prince of the United Kingdom by Letters Patent of the present Queen dated 22 February 1957. A declaration of the same date communicated Her Majesty’s will and pleasure that her husband be known as His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness’s style and titles will be declared at his funeral by Garter Principal King of Arms, in accordance with custom.


The Armorial Bearings of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh arms4The Arms, Crest and Supporters were granted by a Royal Warrant of George VI dated 8 March 1948, with revisions to the Arms made by Royal Warrant dated 27 June 1949. [College of Arms references: I.81/206 and 254].

The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Quarterly: First Or semée of Hearts Gules three Lions passant in pale Azure ducally Crowned or. Second Azure a cross Argent; Third Argent two Pallets Sable; Fourth Argent upon a Rock Proper a Castle triple towered Sable masoned Argent windows port turret-caps and vanes Gules.

Crest: A plume of Ostrich Feathers alternately Sable and Argent issuant from a Ducal Coronet Or.

Mantled: Or and Ermine

Supporters: Dexter A Savage crowned with a chaplet of Oak Leaves girt about the loins with a Lion skin and supporting in the dexter hand a Club proper; Sinister A lion queue fourchée ducally Crowned Or and gorged with a Naval Coronet Azure.


His Royal Highness’s coronet (displayed over his shield) was specified as composed of crosses pattée and fleurs de lys.

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