English Football League matches will be moved in order to avoid a clash with the funeral of Prince Philip, the EFL has confirmed.
Prince Philip Funeral Results in EFL Fixtures Being Rearranged
Fixtures Moved to Avoid ‘Clash’ With Funeral
Next Saturday’s fixtures in the Championship, League One and League Two will be moved to avoid clashing with the funeral of Prince Philip, the EFL announced.
The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday morning aged 99, just two months before his 100th birthday.
Breaking tradition, the Prince is to have a ceremonial funeral. State funerals are usually reserved for monarchs, but the duke had said before that he wants no fuss.
Coronavirus restrictions mean that crowds and attendee numbers are limited – making the duke’s funeral much lower key than had it happened in other times.
The duke’s coffin will be moved from the private chapel to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral. It will be carried on a Land Rover, that the duke designed himself, to St George’s Chapel.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral is due to take place next Saturday (April 17) at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
A national minute’s silence at 3 pm will begin the funeral service.
An EFL spokesperson said: “As a mark of respect, EFL matches scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 17 April will be moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“The EFL will now work with its Clubs to determine at what time the matches will be played, giving consideration to the timing of the service.
“An announcement will follow in due course.”
Clubs up and down the football pyramid came together to mark their respects to the duke today (April 10).
Across the country, clubs stood for a minute’s silence and wore black armbands in memory of the Prince.