His body will be borne to the chapel on a modified Land Rover Defender that he designed himself, painted military green and with an open back to carry a coffin.
A military gun was sacked to signal the start of the solemn tribute, which was observed in shops, railway stations and at sporting events across the country.
The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will be held at 3pm on Saturday, preceded by a procession at 2.40pm through the grounds of Windsor Castle.
"It´s really a shame that because of the pandemic we can´t pay a wider tribute to the exceptional man he was", he told AFP.
"But there is a realisation that everyone does need to reach some form of resolution, if only for the Queen, who has said it is her wish that the family comes together".
"I love the royals". "I always remember preaching on occasions which he was principal actor that the instruction would always come down: 'No more than four minutes"'. "It´s sad because in time, all this will change", the 57-year-old said.
The Land Rover hearse was among the details of the ceremonial royal funeral released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
That was a personal request from Philip, who spent nearly 14 years in the Royal Navy and saw action in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Pacific during World War II.
The somber event will also be streaming live on the Royal Family's official YouTube page. But Dean of Windsor David Conner will say the country has been enriched by Philip's "unwavering loyalty to our queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith".
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Government coronavirus regulations have forced hasty revisions to "Operation Forth Bridge", the long-rehearsed funeral plans for former Royal Navy commander Philip.
At the duke's request, the end of the funeral service will be marked by the Buglers of the Royal Marines sounding "Action Stations", an announcement that would traditionally be made on a naval warship to signify that all hands should go to battle stations.
Minute guns and the Curfew Tower Bell will sound off throughout the procession.
The royal family entered a two-week period of mourning following his death, and many broadcasters in the United Kingdom postponed key programs as a mark of respect.
The brothers, who as young boys walked behind their mother's coffin at her funeral in 1997, will follow the procession on foot, but not side-by-side. Standing between the brothers was Peter Phillips, Princess Anne's son.
Saturday´s ceremony will be a more modest affair but a royal send-off like no other, with two-metre social distancing in place inside the 15th century Gothic chapel.
All guests - in mourning black - are required to wear black face masks before, during and after the ceremony.
Soldiers, sailors and air force personnel are practising, polishing and making final preparations for Prince Philip's funeral, a martial but personal service that will mark the death of a royal patriarch who was also one of the dwindling number of World War II veterans.