As per his wishes, the Duke will have a ceremonial funeral rather than the norm of a state funeral for someone of his status, but ongoing COVID-19 restrictions mean the Duke’s funeral will be a much more subdued affair than in normal times.
Only 30 people, in addition to clergy members, will be allowed to attend the Duke’s funeral service, according to current coronavirus guidelines in England.
The event was originally planned for 800 guests in St George’s chapel, but will now have to take into account the strict limit on numbers.
While it’s expected immediate family members will be at the send-off, there are more expected to make up the numbers – here’s who could attend the Duke’s funeral.
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The Queen and members of the immediate family will be in attendance, of course, although the full guest list of 30 will not be officially announced until shortly before the funeral.
But there will be some members of the Royal Family who will undoubtedly be there to send off the Duke.
The Queen’s four children and their partners will all attend the ceremony, it’s expected.
This includes Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, and the Earl ad Countess of Wessex.
Prince Philip’s eight grandchildren will all be there too, it is understood.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex are expected to attend
The Queen’s grand-daughter Zara is likely to go to the funeral with husband Mike Tindall
The Duke and Queen’s grandchildren are: Peter Philips; Zara Tindall; Prince William; Prince Harry; Princess Beatrice; Princess Eugenie; Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Prince William’s wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will certainly be in attendance given her close connection to the family.
Prince Harry has flown over from his California home in the US, but the Duchess of Sussex has stayed at home after being advised against travelling by her doctor.
Other attendees at the funeral could include Princess Beatrice’s husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
The couple were married in July 2020 in what was one of the last family events Prince Philip attended with the queen.
Princess Beatrice and Edo were supposed to have their wedding this year after it was postponed due to the pandemic, but opted to have an intimate last-minute ceremony in an effort to include the Duke and the Queen.
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Another royal spouse likely to be in attendance is Princess Eugenie’s husband, Jack Brooksbank. Zara Tindall’s husband, Mike Tindall, could also be at the funeral.
Whether or not Sarah, Duchess of York will be at the funeral is still in question, especially as she and the Duke didn’t have the best relationship.
The Duchess did, however, cancel a weekend appearance at Waterstone’s following Prince Philip’s death.
Sarah was due to speak at a virtual event for Waterstones book store on April 11, but cancelled the appearance to provide moral support to her husband and daughters.
The Queen and Prince Philip’s ten great-grandchildren may be considered too young to attend the funeral as they’re all under the age of 10.
Princess Alexandra is the Queen’s cousin and will attend the funeral
Jeremy Vine said some may have to be swapped out if more of the Duke’s staff want to attend
The great-grandchildren are: Savannah and Isla Phillips; Prince George; Princess Charlotte; Prince Louis; Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall; Archie Mountbatten-Windsor; and August Brooksbank.
The Queen is also likely to invite her cousins and their spouses: Princess Alexandra; the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
In addition, the monarch shares a close bond with her niece and nephew, the Earl of Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto, children of Princess Margaret, and could want them in attendance.
The Duke’s long-standing close aide, his private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, will likely be the only non-royal invited to the funeral.
Brigadier Bakewell has been the Duke’s right-hand-man for 11 years after embarking on the job in 2011.
While the list of people believed to be attending seems solid, Jeremy Vine said on his show this morning that some people may be swapped out in favour of others.
Mr Vine, pointing to Prince Philip’s long-serving and trusted aide Brigadier Bakewell, said other members of the Duke’s personal staff could attend in exchange of some of the Royal Family’s spouses.
He said: “If you wanted to bring more like this gentleman [Brigadier Bakewell] who has worked in his personal office, you might think of bringing his page, his valet, his personal protection officer.
“And at that point, you need to knock people out, so you might consider removing Edoardo, Princess Beatrice’s husband, or Jack Brooksbank, Eugenie’s husband.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK