Huw Edwards to lead BBC's coverage of Prince Philip's funeral

Newsreader Huw Edwards rises to fourth place Huw Edwards with an annual salary of £490,000 – £494,999, despite taking a pay cut from £520,000 – £529,999 for the year 2017-18. (Credit: PA)
Huw Edwards (PA)

Huw Edwards is to lead the BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s funeral.

Plans for programming around the funeral on Saturday (17 April) were announced as it was confirmed that the broadcaster's blanket coverage of the Prince’s death drew almost 110,000 complaints.

The royal died on 9 April at the age of 99 and his funeral is due to take place at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

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On Friday (16 April), Edwards will present a special programme on BBC One called HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh Remembered.

File photo dated 22/07/2020 of The Duke of Edinburgh during a ceremony for the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles from the Duke to the Duchess of Cornwall. The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace has announced. Issue date: Friday April 9, 2020.
The Duke of Edinburgh (PA)

The programme, which will also feature JJ Chalmers as a reporter, introduces live coverage from Windsor Castle and viewers will hear from the people who are playing key roles in the ceremonial procession and funeral service.

Saturday's coverage will begin at 11am on BBC One with a programme called The Duke: In His Own Words, and from 12.30pm Edwards will lead coverage of the funeral.

He will be joined by Chalmers and Sophie Raworth, as well as special guests and royal experts sharing their thoughts.

Sophie Raworth arriving at The Princes Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards 2013, recognising young people who have overcome challenges such as homelessness and addiction, at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, in London.
Sophie Raworth (PA)

The programme is due to end at 4.20pm and later that evening Edwards, Raworth and Chalmers will be back with a BBC Two programme reflecting on the day’s events.

ITV confirmed earlier this week that it would broadcast Prince Philip – A Royal Funeral from 1.15pm on Saturday. Coverage will be hosted by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham.

The funeral will have just 30 mourners, as the day's events will adhere to current COVID guidelines.

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It's a much smaller ceremony than had been in the plans, known as Operation Forth Bridge, throughout the Prince’s life.

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