What Will Happen When Prince Philip Dies?



Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will turn 100 on June 10, 2021. While it’s hoped that he has many birthdays ahead, the question arises: What will happen when he passes away? The plan — referred to as Operation Forth Bridge — begins with the formal announcement by Buckingham Palace. Once the public has been informed, a national period of mourning will begin, which will last until the funeral. Flags will be lowered to half-mast, the ceremonial “mace” will be draped in black, Members of Parliament will wear black armbands on their left arm and male members will wear black ties, and local governments will be asked to discontinue their official business. All social engagements for the royal family will be cancelled, and the Queen will not conduct any affairs of state. Normally, the deceased would lie in state in Westminster Hall, with burial at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, but Prince Philip has elected a private military-style funeral at St. George’s Chapel, with burial at Frogmore Gardens. Based on Prince Philip’s wishes, it is expected that only his family, friends, and heads of state from the Commonwealth countries will attend the funeral service. After the funeral of her husband, it is expected that the Queen will resume her royal duties. Since Prince Philip was not in the royal line of succession, it will not be affected by his death. Queen Elizabeth II will remain on the throne until her death, at which time Prince Charles, her eldest son, will ascend to the throne.