Prince Philip retired on Wednesday at the ripe old age of 96, and although he's in great health, it's not entirely inconceivable that the royal family have a plan set in place for when he tragically passes away.
According to the Independent, when the Duke of Edinburgh dies, the news will most likely first be reported to the BBC.
If he passes away overnight, the news will be announced at 8am the following day.
Although he is a member of the royal family, the prince has admitted he doesn't want the 'fuss' that comes with a state funeral.
“The process for deciding when a state funeral should be held for a person other than the Sovereign is relatively unclear, not least since it happens so rarely and at long historical intervals,” a 2013 Parliamentary document states.
“There is no official process set out in public,” it adds.
According to the Independent, the funeral will likely be a low-key event held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
After his passing, the Queen will have an eight-day period of mourning and will be excused from completing royal duties.
30 days after his death, it is expected the Queen will return to public duties.
Prince Philip completed his last official royal engagement on Wednesday to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge at Buckingham Palace.
“The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer undertake his own program of public engagements,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read. “The Captain General’s Parade will bring His Royal Highness’s individual program to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside The Queen, from time to time.”