Prince Philip’s funeral will take place next Saturday with a national silence at 3PM

The nation will fall silent for the Duke of Edinburgh’s final farewell next week, as the coffin bearing the country’s longest-serving consort is taken to the chapel in a Land Rover he helped design. 

Official royal mourning will then take place for two weeks after the service.

Buckingham Palace today announced that Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on April 17 in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and a national minute’s silence will be observed as it begins at 3pm.

The announcement came as Prince Charles paid a poignant tribute to his father, describing his ‘dear Papa’ as a ‘very special person’