APRIL 15, 2021
- The 30-person guest list for Prince Philip’s funeral has been revealed by Buckingham Palace.
- Among the family and friends who will attend are Philip’s children and grandchildren.
- The funeral was downsized as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in the UK.
Prince Philip’s funeral will take place on Saturday, April 17, with only 30 mourners – including royal family members – set to attend due to current COVID-19 restrictions in the UK.
Among the select individuals who will be able to pay their respects to the UK’s longest consort are his family and friends who will attend the 3 p.m. ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday.
The Queen entered a two-week mourning period on the day her husband and consort of 73 years died, and she will formally continue to mourn for a further period following the funeral.
Alongside their mother, Prince Philip’s four children – Prince Charles, who will inherit Philip’s royal titles, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Edward, Earl of Wessex – will attend the funeral.
Princes Charles, Andrew, Edward and Princess Anne, as well as his grandsons, Princes William and Harry, will walk alongside the hearse to the chapel, according to the BBC.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has been at the forefront of royal activity since her marriage to Prince Charles in 2005, when she became Philip’s daughter-in-law, and the funeral will be no exception.
Prince William and Prince Harry, Prince Philip’s grandsons, will be reunited in public for the first time since March 2020. And the brothers will walk behind their grandfather’s coffin in the same way they did alongside Philip for Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.
Among Philip’s other grandchildren that will pay their respects were Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, and Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Viscount Severn.
While Kate Middleton will be in attendance, Meghan Markle did not receive clearance from her physician to fly to the UK while heavily pregnant with her second child.
Also in attendance will be Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie’s husbands, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank, respectively; Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence; and Zara Tindall’s husband, Mike Tindall.
The guest list will also include David Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon; Lady Sarah Chatto; Daniel Chatto; Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester; Prince Edward, Duke of Kent; Princess Alexandra; and Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
Three German relatives will also be at the funeral: Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden; Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
The late Duke of Edinburgh died last week aged 99, but the public will not be able to pay their respects in the traditional way due to social distancing measures in place.
Current UK guidance stipulates that “Funeral ceremonies must have no more than 30 people attending, whether indoors or outdoors,” however this figure “does not include anyone working at the event.”
Sky News revealed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he would give up his space at the funeral to allow for family members to attend in his place.
As reported by Royal Central, Prince Philip will ultimately be interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel where he will remain until Queen Elizabeth II dies.
The report notes that Philip will then be buried alongside his wife in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where King George VI and the Queen Mother are buried, and Princess Margaret’s cremated ashes lie.