The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh took place in a small group, at Windsor Castle, this Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m. local time (3 p.m. in France). The BBC broadcast the event at 12:30 p.m.
After the sadness, the time for meditation. Prince Philip passed away on April 9 at Windsor Castle at the age of 99, leaving behind his seventy-three-year-old wife, Queen Elizabeth II. The British have paid tribute in recent days to the Duke of Edinburgh, emblem of the British monarchy, so dear to the population.
This Saturday, April 17, at Windsor Castle, about forty kilometers west of London, the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh took place from 2 p.m. local time (3 p.m. in France). An intimate ceremony, due to the pandemic, with thirty people attending the funeral. Invited to the royal funeral, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had decided not to go there in order to “allow as many family members as possible to attend“. The religious ceremony in St George’s Chapel in the castle started at 3 p.m. local time.
Prince Harry attended the funeral, without his pregnant wife Meghan Markle. There was no popular tribute, in accordance with Prince Philip’s wishes. But the British were asked to observe a minute’s silence at the start of the ceremony.
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The BBC shakes up its programs
To ensure media coverage worthy of the name, the BBC has shaken up its program schedule. The public broadcaster broadcast the event live from 12:30 p.m. local time to 4:20 p.m. It was presented by the famous British journalist Huw Edwards who welcomed, once the ceremony was over, relatives of Prince Philip and several royal experts to retrace the great moments of his life. The funeral was also broadcast on the radio this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, and broadcast simultaneously on BBC World Service English, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Wales.
Then, in the evening at 8:10 p.m., a program broadcast on the BBC Two channel is to return to the highlights of the tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. In addition, the day before his funeral on Friday evening, a special program was broadcast live from Windsor Castle on the BBC One channel at 7 p.m. to take a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation for the ceremony.
Is the BBC doing too much?
Has the BBC done too much in recent days? The group has received more than 110,000 complaints from viewers for having “too covered»The disappearance of Prince Philip. Some were annoyed by continuous coverage on the various channels, BBC One, BBC Two and BBC News, which broadcast the same programs and commentaries, under the sound of “God Save The Queen“. To respect protocol and the period of national mourning after the disappearance of a member of the royal family, presenters had to wear a black tie. Despite criticism, the BBC said it was proud of its coverage of the event and the “role played during these moments of national significance“.
Special editions on French channels
In France, viewers also had the choice on Saturday to follow the funeral of Prince Philip. TF1, France 2 and the news channels BFMTV, CNews, LCI and Franceinfo have decided to change their program schedule to broadcast the ceremony live from 3 p.m., translated into French. The journalists on set are accompanied by personalities and experts from the royal family.
The LCI news channel also devotes a “special evening“From 8:50 p.m., with the documentaries”Elizabeth II, the fate of a queen»Then«Elizabeth II, a family affair“. In addition, French people who wished to watch the ceremony with the commentaries in English, could access the BBC program for free and live via the BBC iPlayer application.