Whether you've had a lifelong fascination with the royal family as I have or have just started getting interested in them thanks to The Crown, you might be wondering how you can watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip.

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The funeral for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh be held on April 17 at 3:00 p.m. local time but here in the United States, you will be able to see it Saturday, April 17 starting at 9:30 a.m. (EST) on NBC News both on their network and on their streaming service. CNN will air coverage of the funeral starting at 9:00 a.m. (EST).

My fascination with the royal family goes back to my early childhood when I decided that I wanted to be friends with Queen Elizabeth and wrote her a letter. To the shock of me (and my parents!), I received return mail from Binghamton Palace.

My six-year-old self wrote to the Queen,

Hi. I wonder if someday I could be a Queen. What I would like to know first is how to be a Queen. And then I would like to know how to get into a castle. Also, how would I live in a castle? Can friends come play in a castle, and my family? I want to be a Queen because I like to make decisions. I am already six years old and I need to get started. Thank you for reading my letter. Please write me when you have time. If you want me to be your friend I will. I love Jesus, do you?

While I didn't receive a reply from Queen Elizabeth herself, I did get a note hand-signed by one of her Ladies in Waiting along with a bunch of brochures that detail what a day in the life of Queen Elizabeth looked like in 1986. To this day, that letter is among my most special things.

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