PRINCE Philip’s funeral will feature servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF – alongside top military brass – this Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Soldiers from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are reportedly working to prepare the special Land Rover – that the duke helped design – which will carry his coffin on Saturday.
Lieutenant General Paul Jaques, who served with REME, said the duke “was engaged with us and used to visit us probably once or twice every single year since 1969.
“And he had an enormous passion for all things engineering. In his own words ‘If it wasn’t invented by God, it was invented by an engineer’.”
Meanwhile, qualifying for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix has been moved to avoid overlapping with the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday.
A minute’s silence will also be held before qualifying at Imola, Italy.
And the EFL has confirmed that all fixtures scheduled for 3pm on Saturday have been moved to avoid overlapping with the funeral.
Matches taking place in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two this week and at the weekend will also observe a minute’s silence before kick-off.
Players, coaching staff and match officials will don armbands as a mark of respect.
Philip’s death comes amid a turmoil-filled 12 months for the royals after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit the royal family.
Prince Philip remained one of the hardest working royals in history – since 1952 he attended 22,219 solo engagements and 637 overseas tours in a career marked by his famous gaffes, wit and wisdom.
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