Queen’s funeral wish for Prince Philip that Charles ‘denied for Princess Diana’

Prince Philip’s funeral at St George’s Chapel on April 17 will be held in accordance with his wishes, Buckingham Palace said.

It will be a ceremonial funeral, not a state funeral, of minimal fuss which will be attended by 30 of his closest family and friends due to Covid.

The Duke of Edinburgh will be taken from Windsor Castle in the back of a Land Rover he helped design for the army, to his resting place at St George’s Chapel.

Several senior members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles and likely Prince William, will walk behind the coffin, until its approach at the Chapel, where Philip will be lowered into the Royal Vault.

The Queen is honouring Philip's final wishes as best she can given the pandemic, respecting his desire to have a low-key funeral, a wish that she had reportedly expressed for Princess Diana too.

Diana tragically died at the age of 36 in a horror car crash that took the life of her, and her boyfriend at the time, Dodi Fayed, on August 31 1997.

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The very public funeral has been criticised in recent years, and it is said the Queen wanted her burial to be a private matter.

Instead, Diana's ex-husband, Prince Charles reportedly insisted upon it being a ceremonial event, denying Her Majesty of her wish.

It is rumoured that Dodi was going to propose to her on the eve of their death before the shocking crash in Paris.

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Princess Diana was embalmed in France then taken back to England, where the Royal Family and her brother, Earl Spencer made arrangements for her burial.

It is reported the Queen wanted a private funeral for Princess Diana, not the elaborate ceremonial funeral she had.

In the end, Diana's funeral attracted large crowds in London and millions watched on around the world as her sons Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind her coffin.

Prince Charles, Diana's brother, Charles Spencer and their grandfather, Prince Philip also walked behind her until she arrived at Westminster Abbey.

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