Prince Philip funeral: Who are the 30 people who will attend his private funeral?

Prince Philip: Members of UK public react to Duke's passing

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Prince Philip died peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday and while the Royal Family are still in mourning, plans for his funeral are already underway. The Duke of Edinburgh hated any kind of fuss and left strict instructions that he was not to have a state funeral. Even so, the ceremonial funeral he may have hoped for will be limited by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and only 30 guests will be able to attend under current restrictions.

Who will attend Prince Philip’s private funeral?

While final details around the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral are due to be decided by the Queen in the coming days, it has been confirmed that a private ceremony will be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Given the strict limit on numbers, it seems likely only Royal Family members and important figures will attend the funeral.

These guests are expected to include the late Duke’s wife Queen Elizabeth II, 94, their four children and their spouses – Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, 73, Princess Anne, 70, and her husband Timothy Laurence, Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex, and Prince Andrew, which brings the number of guests up to eight.

Looking at the line of succession it seems highly likely that most Royal Family members up to 22nd in line Lucas Tindall will be invited to attend Philip’s funeral.

If you add spouses to the mix then this accounts for a large bulk of the 30-person limit.

The Queen and Prince Philip’s eight grandchildren are expected to attend with their significant others.

Prince William, 38 and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, will have been invited with their three children Prince Goerge, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two.

Prince Harry is scheduled to fly back from the USA without his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie Harrison for the event next weekend.

Zara Tindall, 39, her husband Mike Tindall and her brother Peter Phillips are also expected at the funeral.

As are Princess Eugenie, 31, and her sister Princess Beatrice, 32, with their husbands Jack Brooksbank and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s two children Lady Louise Windsor, 17 and James, Viscount Severn, are said to favourites of the Queen and are unlikely to miss the key event.

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Peter Phillips and Zara may be able to bring their children along too.

Zara has two daughters Lena and Mia and recently gave birth to a little boy, Lucas Philip.

Peter has two daughters – Isla and Savannah with his estranged wife, Autumn.

Princess Eugenie also recently gave birth to a little boy August Philip who could attend the ceremony too.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also expected to be invited to the historic occasion.

Philip’s body will lie in St George’s Chapel in the days leading up to the funeral.

Members of the Royal family are expected to say prayers next to the Duke’s closed casket and undertake a vigil.

The church will not be open to members of the public and mourners have been asked to pay their respects online.

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