As the Royal Family and the UK mourn the death of Prince Philip preparations are being made for his funeral on Saturday.
One of the Duke of Edinburgh’s final wishes was to have a smaller funeral without a state burial in Westminster Abbey. Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, just 30 people will be able to attend the scaled-back service to be held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor with the burial taking place at Frogmore Gardens. As the consort of the Queen Prince Phillip was entitled to a full state funeral, however even before the pandemic the Duke had turned down this opportunity.
With coronavirus restrictions limiting attendance to just 30 people, it is expected that only close family members will be there. These will include all four of the Queen’s children and their spouses, meaning Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward will all attend.
The Duke’s eight grandchildren will also all likely be invited. This includes Prince Harry and Prince William. However Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle will stay in their California home with their son Archie after the Duchess of Sussex was advised against travelling whilst heavily pregnant. Prince William’s spouse Kate Middleton is expected to attend as she is a future Queen.
Other spouses of the Queen’s grandchildren may be invited, as well as the Queen’s cousins and their partners Princess Alexandra, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Other family members who may get invited include the children of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret, or a close member of the Royal Family’s private household.
Prime minister Boris Johnson gave up his spot at the funeral so that more family members could attend.
Steven Edginton, The Sun
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