Who are the 30 guests attending Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday with coronavirus restrictions in place? The list has finally been confirmed.
It was confirmed last Friday that Prince Philip had died aged 99, passing away “peacefully” at Windsor Castle.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss,” a statement confirming the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh read.
Prince Philip is entitled to a state funeral but famously insisted he didn’t want a “fuss” when he passed away, also admitting that he “couldn’t think of anything worse” than living to age 100.
With the government’s roadmap out of lockdown underway, restrictions are being slowly lifted but there is still tight limits on how many guests can attend gatherings like funerals and weddings.
Who is attending Prince Philip’s funeral?
With Covid restrictions meaning that only 30 guests will be allowed at Prince Philip’s funeral, there will be a limit on who can attend the royal send off – meaning several royal family members and public figures won’t be there, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has already confirmed that the will give up his space so that another family member can attend.
The Queen plus her and Philip’s four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward will be in attendance.
The Queen’s children will also have their spouses with them when they say goodbye to their father, which means Duchess Camilla, Sir Timothy Laurence and Sophie Wessex, who recently opened up on Philip’s final moments, will also be among the mourners.
Prince Harry has flown back from America and is self-isolation nearby to Prince William ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral.
All of Philip’s grandchildren will attend with their spouses if they have them – except for Harry who has left pregnant Meghan Markle at home in LA, having shared a touching tribute on behalf of the Sussex family this week.
This means Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and husband Mike Tindall, Prince William and wife Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn will all be there.
None of the Queen’s great-grandchildren will attend the funeral.
There are ten great-grandchildren of the Queen and Prince Philip.
These are Savannah and Isla Phillips, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and August Brooksbank. None of them will be at the service as they’re all aged ten years old or younger – with the likes of August and Lucas just weeks old.
Of course, baby Archie won’t be there as he’ll be across the pond with Meghan, who is pregnant with a girl.
However, Meghan is said to be making ‘private arrangements’ to mark Philip’s life while Harry is at the funeral.
Her Majesty is also having her late sister Princess Margaret’s children at the service – her nephew the Earl of Snowdon and niece Lady Sarah Chatto.
The Queen has invited her cousins, who will take up three more spots in the chapel. These are Princess Alexandra, Prince Richard the Duke of Gloucester and Prince Edward the Duke of Kent.
Also in attendance will be Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden – Prince Philip’s great nephew. He had flown over from Germany for the proceedings and is said to be isolating in Ascot ahead of Saturday.
Bernhard is one of three of Philip’s German relations who have travelled to England for the funeral.
The Landgrave of Hesse will be at the funeral. He is the head of the German House of Hesse, into which Prince Philip’s younger sisters Cecile and Sophie married.
Philipp, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, whose grandmother, Princess Margarita, was the Duke of Edinburgh’s older sister is also attending Prince Philip’s funeral.
The Countess Mountbatten of Burma has been a close friend of Prince Philip and Her Majesty since she married into the family via Norton Knatchbull, 3rd Earl of Mountbatten. She takes the guest list up to 30.
Will Prince Philip’s funeral be televised?
Yes, Prince Philip’s funeral will be televised. The service will be aired by the BBC and various UK channels and a minute’s silence will be held at 3pm before the funeral begins at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
You can also expect plenty of news coverage of Philip’s funeral in the hours leading up to the service.
A Palace spokesman confirmed, “This event will be much reduced in scale with no public access.
“Although the ceremonial arrangements are reduced, the occasion will still celebrate and recognise the Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.”