Buckingham Palace Announces 30-Person Guest List Attending Prince Philip's Royal Funeral
There will only be thirty attendants at Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. The royal consort will be laid to rest this weekend at Windsor Castle.
Buckingham Palace announced the guest list of the attendees, which only includes members of the Royal family. The burial will take place at St. George's Chapel.
The Duke will not be given a State Funeral, and his burial will be that of a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
With limited guests, the list includes Prince Philip’s four children and their spouses, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne - along with Charles's wife, Duchess of Cornwall, Anne's husband, Timothy Laurence, and Edward's wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex.
The Duke’s eight grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Zara Tindall, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Peter Philips – will also attend the funeral.
Princess Eugenie's husband, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, will also join their spouses.
Other family members of the monarch include Princess Margaret’s only daughter Lady Sarah and her spouse Richard of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra.
The list also includes Prince Philip's German relatives, two great-nephews, and cousin, Prince Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden; Prince Donatus, Land of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Penelope Knatchbull, Countess of Burma, who joined the Royal family through her relationship with Norton Knatchbull, 3rd Earl of Mountbatten, will also be present for the ceremony.
The royal spokesman revealed Her Majesty, 94, had a difficult choice to make in putting together the guestlist for her husband's funeral while adding:
"We are dealing with a family funeral, and at its heart, it is still a family event."
Another detail to know about the service is that none of the royal members will wear uniforms at the Duke's funeral. The reason behind the decision was to spare the Duke of Sussex and his uncle, Prince Andrew's embarrassment.
The announcement follows after both royals demanded to wear military attire. It led to the Queen quickly deciding to opt for suits in a break of tradition. At first, Prince Harry would have been the only royal member not wearing a military uniform.
SARAH FERGUSON & PRINCE CHARLES
Meanwhile, Prince Philip's former wife, Sarah Ferguson, did not make the guest list. The Duchess of York reportedly had a strained relationship with the now-late Duke, following her separation from Prince Andrew in 1992. However, she has shown the Queen great support as of late.
On the other hand, her former brother-in-law, Prince Charles, paid a moving tribute to the royal patriarch. He said his dear Papa was a special person who would have been amazed by the amount of support the touching things that have been told about him.