East Devon will today (Saturday, April 17) play its part in the funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh when The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines from the Commando Training Centre, based at Lympstone, performs.
The band will be under the direction of the Principal Director of Music, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Burcham RM, and led by Corps Drum Major Warrant Officer 1st Class Colin Brown.
Their instruments, drums and mace have been draped in black as a mark of respect.
The selection of music played by the band has been selected by Prince Philip.
It was the Duke of Edinburgh himself, in planning his own funeral, who requested Royal Marines buglers sound the wartime rallying call Action Stations during the service in St George’s Chapel.
And Royal Marines from Lympstone will line the route of the procession, joining Charlie Company from 40 Commando, near Taunton, and sailors from HMS Queen Elizabeth, Magpie, Nelson, Sultan and RNAS Yeovilton.
The Royal Marines and sailors will today join hundreds of fellow service personnel paying their respects at Prince Philip’s funeral.
After a week of intensive training at HMS Collingwood, and the Army’s base at Pirbright in Surrey, they will form part of the 750-strong military presence in Windsor.
A spokesperson for the Royal Navy said: “Four Royal Marines buglers will sound both the Last Post and, at the Duke’s request, the wartime rallying call Action Stations during the service in St George’s Chapel.
“Also performing are the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines from the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone in Devon under the direction of the Principal Director of Music Lieutenant Colonel Jason Burcham RM and led by Corps Drum Major Warrant Officer 1st Class Colin Brown.
“Royal Marines of 40 Commando at Norton Manor, near Taunton, and from Lympstone will also form up on the grass in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle, alongside sailors from HMS Magpie plus the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, naval bases HMS Sultan and Collingwood, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton and 1710 Naval Air Squadron.”
In addition, guns will fire in Portsmouth, Devonport and Royal Navy warships deployed overseas to mark the beginning and end of one minute’s silence to remember Prince Philip.
The Royal Navy spokesperson said: “In many cases, personnel were recalled from Easter leave on the day of the Duke’s death and have been preparing for their participation in today’s funeral since last Saturday.”
Some three sailors will represent survey ship HMS Magpie – named after the only warship Prince Philip commanded during his 14-year Naval service.
Magpie’s new Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Hywel Morgan will lead the Royal Navy contingent in the military Guard of Honour formed for today’s ceremony.