Prince Philip funeral: Who will attend?

Olivia Petter
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On Saturday 17 April, the royal family will pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh with a small funeral attended only by close relatives due to coronavirus restrictions.

Prince Philip passed away on Friday 9 April at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle.

It will be a royal ceremonial funeral (like those held for the Queen’s mother and Princess Diana) as opposed to a state funeral, which is usually reserved for the head of state.

While such a high profile funeral would normally be attended by hundreds of guests with crowds of the public gathering nearby in support, this year, just 30 people will be permitted to attend due to government guidelines. The public have been urged to “stay away” and leave messages of condolence online instead.

The 30-person limit does not include clergy; the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will preside over the service.

While the Queen and Prince Philip have 10 great-grandchildren, according to PA, the family have considered them too young to attend the televised event as they are all aged 10 and under.

While it’s not yet been announced exactly who will be attendance, here’s everything we know so far about who will most likely be at Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday,

The Queen

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It will come as no surprise that the Queen will be in attendance at Saturday’s funeral. She and Prince Philip were married for 73 years and it has been up to her to decide who else will attend the service.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

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As Prince Philip’s eldest son, Prince Charles, 72, is expected to attend the funeral on Saturday with his wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence

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Princess Anne, the couple’s only daughter, will attend the funeral with her husband, Sir Laurence, a retired Royal Navy officer.

The Duke of York

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Prince Andrew, the Queen and Prince Philip's third child, stepped back from royal duties in November 2019, which will make the funeral the first official televised royal event he has attended since - he was not even featured in published photographs of his daughter Beatrice's wedding last summer.

The decision to step back was made following his Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

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As Prince Philip’s youngest son, Prince Edward is likely to also attend the funeral with his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who has said to be particularly close to the Queen.

Peter Phillips

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Peter Phillips, 43, is Princess Anne’s eldest child and the only son of hers and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips.

As for his relation to Prince Philip, Peter was one of his many grandchildren.

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall

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Zara Tindall, 39, is the second child of Princess Anne, whose father is also Captain Mark Philips, Anne’s first husband.

The British equestrian is likely to attend the funeral on Saturday, though it’s not clear whether she will do so with her husband, Mike Tindall, given the restrictions on numbers.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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As the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, Prince William, 38, is another of Prince Philip’s grandsons and is expected to attend on Saturday and walk in procession behind his grandfather’s coffin.

It is likely that his wife of 10 years, Kate Middleton, 39, will also attend.

The Duke of Sussex

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Prince Harry, 36, is the youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. In a personal statement, Harry described his grandfather as a “master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end”.

He has flown from his home in Los Angeles to attend the funeral on Saturday, though his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, is said to have stayed in the US given her pregnancy with the couple’s second child.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

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As the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, the Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice is likely to attend the funeral on Saturday.

It’s not clear whether or not she will bring her new husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, whom she married last year, due to number restrictions.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

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Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie, will also likely be in attendance this weekend.

However, it remains equally unclear as to whether she will bring her partner, Jack Brooksbank, who she married in 2018.

Lady Louise Windsor

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Lady Louise Windsor, 17, is the only daughter of the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex.

As the youngest granddaughter of the Queen and Prince Philip, who also happens to be 14th in line to the throne, she is likely to attend the funeral on Saturday.

Viscount Severn

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James Mountbatten-Windsor, 13, is the youngest child of the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex and is expected to attend his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday with his parents and his sister.

Princess Alexandra

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Princess Alexandra, 84, is one of the Queen’s cousins and is a working member of the Royal Family.

She is the daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent (the younger brother of the Queen’s father, George VI) and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.

Her mother, Princess Marina, was also a first cousin of Prince Philip, meaning that she is his first cousin once removed. She is expected to attend the funeral.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

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The Duke of Gloucester, 76, is another one of the Queen’s first cousins and is expected to attend on Saturday with his wife.

He is the second son of the late Duke of Gloucester and the late Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, who was the third daughter of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch.

He is a grandson of George V and became heir to his father’s titles following the death of his elder brother, Prince William of Gloucester, in a flying accident on 28 August 1972.

He is a working member of the royal family and lives at Kensington Palace with his wife, the Duchess of Gloucester, Birgitte van Deurs, and their three children.

The Duke and Duchess of Kent

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The Duke of Kent, 85, is the older brother to Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra, and is first cousin to both The Queen and Prince Philip.

He is expected to attend on Saturday with his wife, the Duchess of Kent, Katherine, whom he married in 1961 and has three children with.

The Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

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Prince Michael of Kent, 78, is the younger brother of The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra. His father is Prince George, the fourth son of George V and the brother of George VI, the Queen’s father.

He is expected to attend on Saturday with his wife, Princess Michael of Kent, born Marie-Christine von Reibnitz, whom he married in 1978.

The Earl of Snowdon

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David Armstrong-Jones, known as David Linley, 59, is the 2nd Earl of Snowdon and, as Princess Margaret’s son, he is the Queen’s nephew.

His father is the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones.

David was divorced from his wife, the Countess of Snowdon, last year after 26 years of marriage. He is expected to attend the funeral alone.

Lady Sarah Chatto

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Lady Sarah Chotto, 56, is the daughter of Princess Margaret, and Antony Armstrong-Jones.

This means that she is the Queen’s niece and as a close relative, she is expected to attend Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday.

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