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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh opted out for his state funeral.

Thus, an 8-day mourning period was issued instead in the United Kingdom.

I can’t figure out why that period was determined exactly in eight days (and not, say, seven as in a week, six as half a dozen, twelve, ten etc.).

I looked at Wikipedia:ChristianBurial, but unfortunately it shed no further light on the number of days that Christian tradition allows from death to burial. NewAdvent.org makes the case of “keeping the corpses of important persons for seven days” before performing the burial; it’s sorta clue, IMHO.

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    For many Christians, I believe this corresponds to the usual maximum number of days after death for a funeral to be held (seven, though it could be as few as two), plus one day for the funeral itself = eight. (Just a comment as I'm not sure if this is correct) – Lars Bosteen Apr 10 at 11:10
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    Technically this is a question about the present/future. Is there any evidence that historical sources and methods could help to answer this question? – MCW Apr 10 at 12:26
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    You have it backwards. The funeral occurs when it does, and official mourning [flags at half-mast etc] lasts until that day. And in fact that's the same whether there's a state funeral or not. – Andrew Leach Apr 10 at 17:23
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    @justCal It varies per country. Thailand had one full year of official mourning for king Rama IX. – Jos Apr 11 at 3:12
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    There's no standardised period: Diana, Princess of Wales died on Aug 31 and was buried on Sept 6; the Queen Mother died 30 March 2002 and was buried 9 April. I assume that as with any other death in the UK, a funeral is held whenever it's most convenient (based on time to organise, availability of venue and participants, etc). – Stuart F Apr 12 at 9:41

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