Who will attend Prince Philip's funeral? These royals, dignitaries may be invited given 30-person Covid-19 limit
The royal family is in a dilemma over who to invite for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, keeping in line with Covid-19 restrictions. The guest list will most likely include senior royals and Boris Johnson
The royal family is reeling from the death of the Iron Duke Prince Philip. "Forth Bridge is down" was the message relayed after his death was confirmed and the Queen is devastated upon the loss of her consort for more than 73 years. She will only be allowed to invite 30 people to the funeral ceremony that will take place next Saturday at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The royal family faces a dilemma over who to invite to the funeral due to the coronavirus restrictions that are in place in England. The final list of who will likely be able to attend is expected in a few days and will likely be comprised of senior members of the royal family as well as the Prime Minister. Here's a possible list of people who will attend and those who won't be present for his burial.
Prince Philip will have a 'royal ceremonial funeral' and not a 'full state funeral'
Prince Philip had said he wanted a no-fuss minimalistic funeral ceremony and his hope for a "royal ceremonial funeral" rather than a "full state funeral" had already been granted, giving him the same status as Queen Elizabeth II. Buckingham Palace has said, “During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty The Queen." The Palace also added, "details will be confirmed in due course.”
Who will attend Prince Philip's funeral?
Certain tweaks on Operation Forth Bridge are being made as a major scale back on the number of people who will attend the funeral is in the works. All three sons of the Queen rushed to her side at her private apartments as they received the news of their father's passing. Prince Philip is expected to be buried in Frogmore Gardens on the grounds of Windsor Castle, the site of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's mausoleum.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke outside Downing Street to remember Prince Philip, the love and support he had shown for the Queen, and the impact he had on people all over the world. He will be at the funeral and is said to be going to represent Her Majesty's government. Admiral Tony Radakin, head of the Royal Navy, may also attend the funeral. Other names in the list of people who have been invited have not been released yet but it will most likely consist of senior members of the royal family. Confirmed names on the list include Her Majesty, Prince Charles, and Prince William as they're directly in line to the throne. The Queen's other children Prince Andrew, Edward, and Princess Anne are also expected to be there.
Partners of the senior Royals: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne's husband Timothy Laurence, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex are also expected to be there. Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson is also expected to be present for the funeral. Prince Harry will be flying in from California and will observe quarantine before being a part of the funeral.
Prince Philip's great-grandchildren will be at the funeral
The Cambridge's children Prince George who is in line to be King one day, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are present in England and are likely to be included in the list of attendees. Princess Anne's children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall could also attend. The latter could be expected to be present with her husband and former England rugby star Mike Tindall. The recently married Princess Eugenie with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi could also be expected to be in attendance.
Who will not attend Prince Philip's funeral?
Heavily pregnant Meghan Markle is not expected to fly to London for Prince Philip's funeral. Her son Archie would also be in California by her side and won't be attending the ceremony. The final list of people who didn't make the cut will be out in a few days.
This story will be updated.