BBC announces its plans to cover the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

Tom Horton, PA
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The BBC is to mark the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh with a series of special programmes.

Huw Edwards will lead nearly six hours of coverage broadcast from Windsor across three programmes on Friday and Saturday.

Earlier this week The Sun reported the BBC has received more than 100,000 complaints about its coverage of Philip’s death after it cleared its schedules to cover the story.

Holocaust Memorial Day
Huw Edwards (Chris Jackson/PA)

On Friday on BBC One, Edwards will present HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered live from Windsor Castle at 7pm, where he will interview people set to play a key role in the funeral service and ceremonial procession.

On Saturday, the day of the funeral, Edwards will present live coverage of the events at Windsor from 12.30pm.

He will be joined by broadcaster Sophie Raworth and TV presenter and former Royal Marine JJ Chalmers throughout the afternoon.

On Saturday evening from 8.10pm Edwards will then reflect on the day’s events at Windsor Castle.

Duke of Edinburgh’s final public engagement
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There will also be coverage of the funeral on Saturday from 2pm to 4.10pm on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, as well as on the broadcaster’s local stations.

ITV News previously announced it will cover the funeral on Saturday with Prince Philip – A Royal Funeral, which will be presented by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham from Windsor.

A maximum of 30 people can attend the funeral because of coronavirus restrictions and social distancing will be in place.

Philip died on Friday aged 99.