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

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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.

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Huw Edwards (Chris Jackson/PA)

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
(Hannah McKay/PA)

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.

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