Prince Philip funeral: Charles, Kate and William lead mourners arriving to say goodbye

An emotional Prince Charles and other Royal Family members and mourners have arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral.

He wore a face mask as he was driven through the castle’s gates, as did Prince William and wife Kate Middleton as they departed Kensington Palace in west London.

The Queen, 94, is preparing to say her final goodbye to her husband of 73 years following his death at their Berkshire home on April 9.

Philip, 99, will be interred in the Royal Vault alongside 24 other coffins following an eight-minute procession and a 50-minute service that has been scaled back due to England’s coronavirus rules.

Just 30 mourners, led by the Queen and her four children and eight grandchildren, are allowed to attend the televised service, and they are required to wear face masks and social distance throughout.

Hundreds of people defied a warning from police and showed up to lay flowers or survey the scene outside the castle, surrounded by armed police, in the hours before the funeral, due to begin at 3pm.

Funeral cars and soldiers on horseback began arriving at the castle a short time later on a bright spring day.

At 2.41pm, Philip’s coffin will be placed into a modified Land Rover, which he helped to design, at the castle’s State Entrance.