Prince Philip Funeral Full Guest List: Queen to Prince Harry and Patricia Knatchbull, here are the 30 attendees
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered to step aside and not attend the event, to accommodate an additional member of the royal family
No empire lasts forever, no dynasty continues unbroken. Members of the royal family will bid their farewell to beloved Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The funeral plans for Prince Philip — which will be taking place on Saturday, April 17, 2021 — had to be revised completely following the COVID-19 restrictions. Initially, around 800 mourners were expected to be invited to the event, but the number had to be brought down to just 30 eventually. The initial plans of public procession also had to be put aside. Here's the latest update and the full guest list according to the present Government guidelines about funeral gatherings in the pandemic.
A relatively low-key affair, the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will only be attended by close family members. In fact, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered to step aside and not attend the event to accommodate an additional member of the royal family. Read on to find out more exclusive details about the 30 royal family members who will be attending the funeral.
THE EXCLUSIVE GUEST LIST FOR PRINCE PHILIP'S FUNERAL
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II will be the prime attendant at the funeral of Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years. They got married on November 20, 1947, after they fell in love at a young age.
Due to the COVID-19 protocols, the Queen will have to sit alone at the funeral and can only be accompanied by a member of her Windsor Castle staff.
Charles, Prince of Wales
Prince Charles is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philips, and the longest-serving heir apparent to the British throne at 72 years. After the death of Prince Philip, Prince Charles shared an emotional tribute to his 'dear papa', where he called him 'a very special person'.
He mentioned how his father has provided the "most remarkable, devoted service to the Queen" in the past seven decades. He also added how touched Prince Philip would have been to know how people across the world are sharing the sorrow and loss of the family.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Born as Camilla Rosemary Shand, the 73-year-old Duchess of Cornwall is the second wife of Prince Charles. The duo, who were known to be in love since their youth, got married in 2005, eight years after the accidental death of Prince Charles's former wife Princess Diana.
Camilla, who is a stepmother to Princes William and Harry, is also the mother of Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes from her previous marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles.
Contrary to popular opinion, Prince William and Harry share an amicable relationship with their stepmother, despite the rift she caused in their mother and father's marriage. "To be honest, she’s always been very close to me and William. She’s not a wicked stepmother. Look at the position she’s coming into. Don’t feel sorry for me and William, feel sorry for her,” Prince Harry mentioned in his biography.
Anne, Princess Royal
Princess Anne is the second child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, born in 1950. She is the only daughter of the British monarch and the late Duke of Edinburgh, and 15th in the line of succession to the throne.
After her father's death, Princess Anne offered a unique tribute to Prince Philip by commemorating his illustrious career in the Navy. Princess Anne, who is Chief Commandant for Women in The Royal Navy, wore her Tudor Crown of the Royal Naval Brooch at the first public appearance since his death.
Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
Sir Timothy Laurence is the husband of Princess Anne, whom she married on December 12, 1992. He reportedly met the princess in 1986, when he was serving as an equerry to the Queen. At that time, Princess Anne's first marriage with Mark Philips was speculated to be falling apart.
In 1989, The Sun unveiled the existence of secret letters exchanged between Laurence and Princess Anne, causing quite the stir in the royal family.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Prince Andrew is the third child and second son of the Queen and Prince Philip. Born in 1960, he is eighth in line of succession to the British throne.
In 2019, Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties following his alleged connection with convicted sexual offender Jeffrey Epstein. After his father's death, he shared a heartfelt tribute to Prince Philip, saying his death has left a 'huge void' in the Queen's life. Prince Andrew is expected to attend the funeral alone. His former wife Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie is not invited to the funeral.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is the youngest among the Queen and Prince Philip's children and also their third son. Born in 1964, he is 12th in line of succession to the throne.
In a moving tribute to his late father, Prince Edward said, "I think I may have said once that he was a man that once met, never forgotten. He had a unique ability to make a lasting impression in a remarkably short time. I, like all my family, have a lifetime of lasting impressions, inspiration, shared passions and love."
"He may have departed this world, but his spirit and ethos lives on through his Award, through each and every life touched, transformed, inspired; then, now and in the future."
Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex
Sophie Rhys-Jones is the wife of Prince Edward who married him in 1999. The couple shares two children - Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Prince William is the grandson of the Queen and Prince Philip and the eldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. He is second in line of succession to the British throne.
While remembering his beloved grandfather, Prince William shared, "I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life - both through good times and the hardest days."
"I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her," he said, adding, "I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!"
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
The wife of Prince William, Catherine aka Kate Middleton is a likely future queen consort. She shares three children with Prince William - Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
The younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince Harry, stepped aside from being a senior royal member last year. He moved to California, USA with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and reside there in a luxury house in Montecito.
Harry and Meghan came under fire after their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, where they floated allegations of racism and biased treatment by the royal family. The interview worsened Harry's relationship with his family. However, many are hoping that he will reunite peacefully with his dear ones over their shared grief about Prince Philip.
Meanwhile, Meghan, who is now six months pregnant with Harry and her unborn daughter, has stayed back in the USA upon her doctor's advice against flying. Harry and Meghan's one-year-old son Archie is with his mother now.
Zara and Mike Tindall
Zara Tindall MBE (nee Philips) is a British equestrian who is the only daughter and second child of Princess Anne and her first husband Mark Philips.
Mark Tindall is a rugby union player and the husband of Zara, who got married to her in 2011. The couple are parents to three children.
The brother of Zara Tindall, Peter Philips is the eldest child and only son of Princess Anne and Mark Philips. He is a British businessman and is currently the managing director of SEL UK, a boutique sports management company.
Princess Beatrice is the first child of Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah Ferguson. She got married to British property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2020.
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo tied the knot in July 2020 with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip present, along with close family.
Princess Eugenie is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and the sister of Princess Beatrice. In 2018, she got married to Jack Brooksbank and recently became a mother to son August Brooksbank. She is known to be Prince Harry's favorite cousin and Harry has now officially met her son as well.
In a candid tribute to her late grandfather Prince Philip, Princess Eugenie recalled, "Dearest Grandpa, We all miss you.
You would be so touched by all the tributes that have been shared with me the past few days.
People remember sitting next to you at a dinner, or shaking your hand once, who remember you saying hello in passing, or remember how much their DofE award meant to them.
I remember learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read. I remember laughing at your jokes and asking about your spectacular life and service in the navy.
I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day.
I remember your hands and your laugh and your favourite beer.
I will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Thank you for your dedication and love for us all and especially Granny, who we will look after for you.
With all my love
Princess Eugenie of York married long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in 2018. The adorable couple had a son last month.
Lady Louise Windsor
Lady Louise Windsor is the elder child and only daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Aged 17, she is the youngest granddaughter of the Queen and Prince Philip.
James, Viscount Severn
James, Viscount Severn, is the second child and only son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Thirteen-year-old James is the youngest grandchild of the Queen and late Prince Philip.
Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and the daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. She was also the first cousin once removed of Prince Philip.
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester is the second son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, and the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary. He is the nephew of late King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, is a Danish member of the British royal family and the wife of Prince Richard. The couple shares three children.
Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent
A first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II through their fathers, Prince George, Duke of Kent, and King George VI, Prince Edward is involved with over 140 charitable organizations and executes engagements on behalf of the Queen. He is married to Katharine, the Duchess of Kent and has three children.
David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon
David Armstrong-Jones is the nephew of the Queen and the son of her sister late Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones. He is a furniture businessman and former chairman of Christie's, UK.
Lady Sarah Chatto
Lady Sarah Chatto (née Armstrong-Jones) is the only daughter of late Princess Margaret, and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon. She is therefore a niece of Queen Elizabeth II.
Daniel Chatto might be known as someone who managed to sweep Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones off her feet, but to those who know him since the beginning, he is just a humble man always trying to keep his family happy.
Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden
Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden is a German nobleman and heir to the head of the House of Baden. Grandson of the Duke's second sister Theodora, he got married to Stephanie Anne Kaul in 2001.
Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
The head of the House of Brabant — Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse — is the eldest son and successor of German aristocrat Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, and his former wife, Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and the German House of Hesse.
Philipp, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Philipp, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, is the head of the House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, since the death of his father in 2004. He was born in Crailsheim, West Germany, the middle child and only son of Kraft, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and his first wife, Princess Charlotte of Croÿ.
Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma
Penny Knatchbull, a close confidant of the duke for decades, is well known around the Palace, as she has been close to Prince Philip and the Queen since at least 1994. The two bonded of the equestrian sport of carriage driving, a traditional royal pass time that the duke was extremely fond of.