Prince Philip funeral: What happens after Duke of Edinburgh's service?

·Royal Correspondent
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Prince Philip's smaller, COVID-compliant funeral has taken place, with members of the Royal Family gathering at Windsor Castle to say goodbye to their patriarch.

But that is not the end of things for them.

The Royal Family formally remain in mourning for a while longer, though with the Duke of Edinburgh's commitment to service, the Queen may encourage a return to normal sooner rather than later.

Here's what will happen over the next weeks and months.

When does national mourning end?

National mourning lasts for eight days, so it will end at 8am on 18 April. 

That means flags can be flown at their full height on government, council and other buildings again. 

Non-official flags like armed forces flags, which have been taken down during the period of mourning, can be put back up.

The Union Flag is flown at half-mast from the top of Buckingham Palace in central London, on April 11, 2021, two days after the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99. - The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, will take place next week, Buckingham Palace said on April 10 , announcing a stripped-back ceremony due to coronavirus restrictions. The Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully on April 9 just two months short of his 100th birthday, triggering eight days of national mourning. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
The Union flag is flown at half-mast from the top of Buckingham Palace after the death of Prince Philip. (AFP)

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TV presenters will be able to add colour back to their wardrobe having worn black throughout the last week.

Government announcements will be made again too, and press conferences can restart. The wheels and cogs of government will begin, though laws may not be passed until the Queen is out of mourning, as she gives Royal Assent.

How long does royal mourning last?

The Royal Family has opted for a two-week period of royal mourning.

This means they will stay in mourning longer than the rest of the country, until 22 April.

That happens to also be the day after the Queen's 95th birthday, which is 21 April.

During royal mourning, the Queen doesn't take on as many engagements, and won't be reading her red box, which brings the daily papers of the government.

Notices and letters will be sent on black edged paper.

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The Queen has already carried out a couple of engagements during the period of mourning, including a retirement meeting for her former Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel.

And she met with her new Lord Chamberlain, Andrew Parker, to welcome him as the replacement.

Princess Anne also carried out one of her visits, going to the Isle of Wight to visit the Royal Yacht Squadron.

In his tribute, Prince William noted that Prince Philip would want them to "get on with the job" so it could be that the family members avoid delaying engagements.

Royal Family members will wear mourning bands where necessary.

The Queen is unlikely to give Royal Assent to any bills during this time.

Where will Prince Philip be buried?

After the funeral, Philip's coffin will be interred in the Royal Vault, but this is not his final resting place.

Philip will have to wait until the Queen dies until he is moved. 

The late duke and the Queen will be placed together in the King George VI memorial chapel. 

File photo dated 10/04/02 of the George VI Memorial Chapel in St George's Chapel, Windsor. Following his funeral, the Duke of Edinburgh will be privately interred in the Royal Vault - but this will not be his final resting place. Issue date: Friday April 16, 2021.
The George VI Memorial Chapel in St George's Chapel, Windsor. Following his funeral, the Duke of Edinburgh will be privately interred in the Royal Vault until the Queen dies. (PA Images)

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The tiny chapel houses the remains of the Queen’s father George VI, her mother the Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret.

Until the death of his widow, Philip's coffin will be below St George's Chapel in the vault, put down there by being placed on a catafalque on a marble slab in the Quire and lowered into the Vault by electric motor.

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