How to watch Prince Philip's funeral in Australia

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Preparations are well and truly underway ahead of Saturday's funeral for Prince Philip, who died aged 99 last Friday following a month-long hospital stay.

The late Duke of Edinburgh will be honoured with a ceremonial royal funeral at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle at 3pm Saturday UK time, which will be 12am Sunday AEST in Australia.

Prince Philip In The House Of Lords At The State Opening Of Parliament In London on DECEMBER 06 2000
Prince Philip, pictured at the State Opening Of Parliament in 2000, died aged 99 last Friday following a month-long hospital stay. Photo: Getty Images.

Due to Britain's COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral procession and the service itself have been closed to the public. Just 30 members of Prince Philip's family, as well as his private secretary, are permitted inside the chapel for the service.

Royal fans can, however, watch the funeral as it's broadcast live on the BBC. But what about those living outside of the UK?

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How to watch Prince Philip's funeral in Australia

Here's how Aussie viewers can watch Prince Philip's funeral:

On Channel 9 and 9Now:

The 9NEWS Special, The Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will begin at 11pm AEST Saturday and run through to 1am Sunday.

In WA, the coverage will begin at 9pm local time and in SA and NT it will begin at 10.30pm local time.

Hosts Brett McLeod and Sophie Walsh will anchor the coverage from Australia and will be joined by royal experts Dickie Arbiter and Victoria Murphy in Windsor.

Before midnight, Nine will hand over to the BBC for the official coverage of the funeral.

An encore of the funeral special coverage from the night before will be broadcast at 5am Sunday for those who missed it.

On Channel 7 and 7plus:

7News' special live coverage of the ceremonial royal funeral begins at 5.00pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7plus. Following 7NEWS at 6.00, coverage will recommence from 9.30pm AEST (check local guides).

The service will be replayed, commercial-free, from 10am on 7TWO after Weekend Sunrise.

On ABC:

ABC News will also show the funeral, with coverage running from 11pm Saturday to 2am Sunday.

Soldiers from the King's Royal Hussars march past St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
The duke's funeral will be held at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Photo: Getty Images.

Prince Philip's funeral: the details

Prince Philip was reportedly very involved in planning his funeral and wanted minimal fuss. To respect his wishes, he will be given a ceremonial rather than a state funeral which is typically given for monarchs.

Ahead of a state funeral, the body will 'lie in state' for the public to view whereas Philip will instead lie at rest in private at a family chapel in Windsor Castle until Saturday's event.

At around 2.40pm UK time (just before midnight AEST in Australia), Philip's coffin will leave the chapel via the State Entrance of Windsor Castle where it will be placed aboard a specially modified Land Rover of his own design.

The coffin, draped in Philip's personal flag, will exit the Quadrangle and move west down Chapel Hill to the Horseshoe Cloister at the far end of St George's Chapel. Members of the military will line the route.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997.
Princes William and Harry, along with their father, Prince Charles, grandfather, Prince Philip and Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales at her 1997 funeral. Photo: Getty Images.

The procession

The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin will be followed by his son, Prince Charles and his grandsons, Princes Harry and William as it processes from Windsor Castle to nearby St George's Chapel for the afternoon service.

At Philip's personal request, there will also be six non-royals accompanying Charles, Harry and Will on the day.

They are, according to HELLO!, all members of the late prince's household staff: his personal protection officer, his private secretary, two pages and two valets.

A tweet by @RoyalFamily containing details of Prince Philip's funeral.
The @RoyalFamily Twitter accound shared details of Prince Philip's funeral. Photo: Twitter/RoyalFamily.
A tweet by @RoyalFamily containing details of Prince Philip's funeral.
The plans are "in line" with the late duke's personal wishes. Photo: Twitter/RoyalFamily.

Charles, Harry and William and Philip's six staff members will make the eight-minute journey on foot while the Queen will travel separately by car.

More than 20 years earlier, Prince Charles and his sons were joined by Philip to walk behind the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales who was also given a ceremonial funeral. 

Once the coffin reaches St George's Chapel at 3pm, the duke's Naval Cap and Sword will be placed atop and it will be carried inside by military pallbearers. The service will begin with a nationwide minute's silence.

After the service concludes, Prince Philip will be interred in the royal vault in St George's Chapel where ten former sovereigns including the Queen's father, King George VI were also buried.

The Queen will remain in mourning, carrying out duties behind closed doors, for about 22 days after his funeral.

Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry on Christmas Day 2017
Prince Harry has flown into London for his grandfather's funeral while his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle remains at their home in California. Photo: Getty Images.

Who will attend?

With the guest list capped at 30 due to the pandemic, many are wondering which royals will attend Prince Philip's funeral. His widow, the Queen will attend along with their four children, selected grandchildren and close family members.

The biggest question mark was hanging over the heads of Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, who now call the US home after stepping back from royal duties in early 2020. Would the pair return to the UK for the very first time following their tell-all interview with Oprah in March?

Royal watchers had their answer when the Duke of Sussex arrived from Los Angeles on a British Airways flight into Heathrow over the weekend. He was, however, alone as the heavily pregnant duchess had been advised not to travel according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

Meghan's friends have since claimed that she preferred to remain in California as she "doesn't want to be the centre of attention" on a day dedicated to the Queen's late husband.

Harry will be able to leave quarantine after five days rather than 10 if he provides a negative coronavirus test, however, he will be able to attend Philip's funeral regardless as official guidelines state those coming from abroad can leave isolation "on compassionate grounds".

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