Royal family reveal guest list for Prince Philip’s funeral

Buckingham Palace on Thursday released the names of the 30 people who will attend Prince Philip’s funeral the Saturday. The number of participants is limited to 30 due to the COVID-19[female[feminine restrictions – and even Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend.

Funerals are limited to queen elizabeth and Philip’s four children, eight grandchildren, their spouses, the children of the late Princess Margaret and several members of Philip’s Greek and German family.

The full list of participants is as follows:

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  • Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall
  • Princess Anne and her husband, Vice-Admiral Tim Laurence
  • Prince Andrew
  • Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and their children, Forfar, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor
  • Prince william and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Prince harry
  • Pierre Phillips
  • Zara and Mike Tindall
  • Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
  • Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank
  • Lady Sarah and her husband, Daniel Chatto
  • Earl Snowdon
  • Duke of Gloucester
  • Duke of Kent
  • Princess alexandra
  • Bernhard, hereditary prince of Baden
  • Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
  • Prince Philippe of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Philippe, Who died on April 9 at the age of 99, was born Prince Philip of Greece, fifth and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice. His family fled the revolutionaries in Greece a year after his birth, and it was reported that he was smuggled out of the country in a crate of fruit. His older sisters all married German aristocrats, and since he married Queen Elizabeth just two years after the end of WWII, none of his surviving relatives except his mother attended their marriage.

The funeral procession will begin at 2:40 p.m. BST or 9:40 p.m. ET. His coffin, flanked by eight military porters, will be placed in a modified Land Rover – which Philip helped design – and moved from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel. Members of the armed forces will line the route and fire shots as a salute during the procession.

The following members of the royal family will march in procession behind the coffin: Prince Charles and his sons, Princes William and Harry; Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, and their son, Peter Phillips; Prince André; Prince Edward; and Earl Snowden.

Harry, who was distant from the royal family since he stepped down from royal duties in January 2020, will not be walking alongside his brother William. In an explosive interview he and his wife, Meghan, gave to Oprah Winfrey last month, he said that although he and William had ‘been through hell together’ but were on ‘different paths’ . Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, will not attend the funeral on medical advice not to travel.

The funeral will begin at 3 p.m. BST or 10 a.m. ET and will be televised throughout. It will not be a state funeral, but rather a ceremonial royal funeral, similar to that which took place for the Queen Mother in 2002 and Princess Diana in 1997.

The funeral service will be led by the Dean of Windsor and is expected to last 50 minutes. All participants will wear masks.

During the service, a small choir of four will sing pieces of music chosen by Philip.