Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh sadly passed away last week, leaving many royals without a husband, father or grandfather. A funeral will be held on the 17th of April to commemorate Prince Philip’s life and will be broadcast live on Sky News from 12:30 pm.
Prince Philip played a large part in the planning of his funeral, which was initially set to include around 800 guests. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the funeral will now have only 30 people and will not be a state affair.
Guests are expected to be at the St George’s Chapel in Windsor at 3 pm on Saturday for the service.
Who is attending Prince Philip’s funeral?
Many familiar faces will be at the Duke's funeral, including his four children and their spouses. Only some of the Queen and Prince Philip’s grandchildren will be attending the service, including Prince William, Prince Harry, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. However, no great-grandchildren will be in attendance. The Queen will also be sitting alone during the service to adhere to safe social distancing rules.
Lesser-known faces in the royal spotlight include Lady Louise and Viscount James - Prince Andrew’s children, the Queen’s youngest son. The Queen’s cousins, Edward Duke of Kent, Richard Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra, will also be in attendance, alongside Lady Sarah Chatto and David Armstrong-Jones, Niece and Nephew to the Queen.
Select guests from Prince Philip’s family will also be attending the funeral, with Prince Donatus - head of the household Hesse - representing Philip’s sisters Sophie and Cecile, who both married into the Hesse family. The Duke of Edinburgh’s great-nephew Prince Philipp will be representing the Duke’s oldest sister Princess Margarita. All four of Prince Philip’s sisters married German Princes, three of whom served as German officers in WWII; thus, they were not invited to the Duke’s wedding to Queen Elizabeth in 1947.
Here’s the complete guest list for Prince Philip’s funeral:
- Queen Elizabeth II
- Charles Prince of Wales
- Camilla Duchess of Cornwall
- Anne Princess Royal
- Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
- Andrew Duke of York
- Edward Earl of Wessex
- Sophie Countess of Wessex
- William Duke of Cambridge
- Kate Duchess of Cambridge
- Harry Duke of Sussex
- Peter Phillips
- Zara Tindall
- Mike Tindall
- Princess Beatrice of York
- Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
- Princess Eugenie of York
- Jack Brooksbank
- Lady Louise Windsor
- James Viscount Severn
- Edward Duke of Kent
- Richard Duke of Gloucester
- Princess Alexandra Lady Ogilvy
- Bernhard Hereditary Prince of Baden
- Prince Donatus Landgrave of Hesse
- Philipp Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
- David Armstrong-Jones Earl of Snowdon
- Penelope Knatchbull Countess Mountbatten of Burma
- Lady Sarah Chatto
- Daniel Chatto
Also attending the funeral will be a personal protection officer, two pages and valets who will all follow the procession behind the land rover. Accompanying them will be Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, who has acted as the Duke’s private secretary since 2010.
Conducting the funeral will be Dean of Windsor, David Conner, with Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby - who married Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - giving the blessing.
A small, four-person choir will also be in attendance to sing a selection of music chosen by the Duke himself.