Action stations! Prince Philip’s funeral will be accompanied by a turbulent horn cry … at his personal request
- Buglers of Royal Marines will conduct war alarms in honor of Philip’s service
- The Last Post is also played to indicate that ‘a soldier has gone to his final rest’
- Four bugles are led by Royal Marine Sergeant Bugler Jamie Ritchie
The four buglers are led by 31-year-old Royal Marine Sergeant Bugler Jamie Ritchie (pictured)
Action Stations, which sounds on warships to signal that all hands must go to battle stations, will be played at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at his specific request.
Buglers of the Royal Marines will perform the war alert in honor of Philip’s active service in the Royal Navy during World War II.
The Last Post is also played to indicate that ‘a soldier has gone to his final rest’.
By the end of the shift, the four buglers will be led by Royal Marine Sergeant Bugler Jamie Ritchie, 31.
The Duke wanted the call to resound in the massive 15th-century St George’s Chapel at his funeral.
A Palace spokesman said: “It is an appropriate testimony to remind many people who may not realize that the Duke was actively serving on board a Royal Navy ship during World War II.”
A senior Palace official said, “Action Stations is a naval tradition and it is an announcement that would be made on a naval warship to indicate that all hands, all those serving, on that warship should go to combat stations.”
The duke, who died Friday at the age of 99, was mentioned in reports for his service during the war.
He was a midshipman on board HMS Valiant off the south coast of Greece when he earned his honorable mention.
Had the Duke not been married to Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen, some believe he would have become First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Royal Navy.
Action Stations will sound towards the end of the service.
The Dean of Windsor will pronounce the Commendation as the chest is lowered into the Royal Vault, beneath the Quire, using a mechanical motor.
The Duke wanted the call to resound in the massive 15th century St George’s Chapel (pictured) at his funeral
The Garter Principal King of Arms will then proclaim Philip’s styles and titles from the shrine.
A lament will then be played by a pipe major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, and the Last Post will be sounded by Buglers of the Royal Marines from the western end of the Nave.
After a period of silence, the Reveille, which was used to wake up the army at dawn, will be sounded by the Household Cavalry State Trumpeters from the western end of the Ship.
The Buglers of the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations, followed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Blessing and the singing of the national anthem by just the four members of the choir.