Buckingham Palace has announced the guest list for Prince Philip‘s funeral. The funeral takes place, as is known, in a small family circle. Other details about the funeral of the Friday deceased prince have now been brought out.
Philips great-grandchildren, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the children of Prince William and his wife Kate, are not present, probably because they are considered too young. The 30 attendees are only a fraction of the 800 guests who would have been expected if there were no coronameasures.
The funeral is Saturday at 16.00 (Dutch time) in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and will begin with a minute‘s silence. The family will arrive in pairs and wear a mouthcap in the church. For that reason Queen Elizabeth will also sit alone and the choir will consist of only four singers. No one is allowed to sing along.
Prince William and Prince Harry, Philips grandchildren, will not walk side by side on the hike to the chapel. Between the brothers will walk their nephew Peter Philips, the eldest child of Princess Anne.
Philip already arranged a large part of his funeral. For example, his coffin is transported in a custom-made Land Rover and a selection of his military medals will lie on the altar during the service. None of those present will wear a military uniform.
Not only Philip’s great-grandchildren will be absent, Meghan among others is not there. The Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry remains in the US on the advice of her doctor, because she is pregnant. Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew and mother of the princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, is also not present.
Prince Philip died last Friday at the age of 99. According to the Royal Palace, he died quietly two months before his 100th birthday.
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