Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral of the husband of the British Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, can be held without mass events. This is reported by The Guardian newspaper.
The plans of the British authorities in the event of the death of Prince Philip are known as вЂњOperation Fort BridgeвЂќ. Thousands of people were expected to attend the funeral, and hundreds of military personnel were expected to take part in the funeral procession with the coffin.
The Guardian claims that a contingency plan was started last year in the event of Philip's death during the pandemic. Apparently, processions in London and Windsor will be canceled, and mourning events will be limited to the territory of Windsor Castle.
Due to the ban on events with more than 30 people, imposed due to the pandemic, all members of the royal family will not be able to attend the funeral. In addition, due to coronavirus restrictions, the funeral is unlikely to be attended by royals from other countries and the heads of the Commonwealth of Nations (states that were formerly part of the British Empire). The Queen will have to make a list of invited guests.
The Queen is expected to declare eight days of mourning. Until it ends, she will not be involved in public affairs, including approving new laws.
Earlier it was reported that Prince Philip insisted on a modest funeral without mass events. It was claimed that he preferred that only members of the royal family, his friends, and the heads of the Commonwealth countries were invited to them.
On April 9, it was announced that Prince Philip had died at the age of 99, two months short of his centenary. In February, he was admitted to the hospital and underwent heart surgery, but was later discharged.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip Mountbatten, was born in 1921 and has been married to Elizabeth II since 1947. Philip is the father of Prince Charles and the grandfather of Princes Harry and William.