Topline

Unlike other royal funerals, the late Duke of Edinburgh’s life will be celebrated with a small, private ceremony Saturday — and because of British coronavirus restrictions, only 30 guests will be permitted. Here are some of the notable guests who will attend, and some who won’t.

Key Facts

Prince Harry, Charles and Diana’s second son, flew in for the funeral from his home in Los Angeles, where he lives after stepping back as a senior working member of the royal family in early 2020 — it will be his first time seeing his family in-person since then. 

Noticeably absent will be his wife Meghan Markle, who is pregnant and was not cleared to travel by her doctor — tensions between the couple and the royal family were raised in March, after Harry and Meghan gave a bombshell interview to Oprah Winfrey and alleged Meghan was treated poorly after she married into the family in 2018.

Three of Philip’s German relatives also traveled to the U.K. to attend the funeral — his two great nephews and cousin, Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg will be there Saturday, Buckingham Palace said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday shortly after Philip’s death he would not attend the funeral in order to make more room for family members under England’s 30-person limit, according to a statement from 10 Downing Street.

None of Philip’s ten great-grandchildren, who make up the youngest members of the royal family —  including seven-year-old Prince George, third in line to the throne — will attend.

Tangent

Here’s the full list of funeral attendees, according to Buckingham Palace: Queen Elizabeth; Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Tim Laurence; Prince Andrew; Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and their two children, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn; Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Harry; Peter Phillips; Zara Tindall and her husband, Mike Tindall; Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi; Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank; David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon; Lady Sarah Chatto and husband Daniel Chatto; Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester; Prince Edward, Duke of Kent; Princess Alexandra, and three of Philip’s German relatives: Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Key Background

Philip’s funeral, which like that of other royal family members has been planned for years, was originally meant to involve 800 attendees if it weren’t for the pandemic, according to Sky News. Buckingham Palace shared this week that only members of the royal family would attend the funeral as guests, cutting much of the typical guestlist that would usually include friends, important figures in British society and international guests attending in a show of support. The funeral will be held Saturday at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The last funeral for the consort of a British monarch was held in 2002, after the death of Queen Elizabeth’s mother. Unlike Philip’s funeral, which will be a small affair, the Queen Mother’s funeral was held at Westminster Abbey to accommodate the guest list of 2,200. Notable guests included eight prime ministers, 11 reigning royals and foreign dignitaries like then-U.S. First Lady Laura Bush. After the ceremony, Philip will be interred in the Royal Vault of the church, along with nearly two-dozen other British royals dating back to 1810.

Further Reading

‘Beloved Husband’: A Look At Prince Philip’s Life As The Longest-Serving Consort To The Monarch, Following His Death At Age 99 (Forbes)

Royals Will Reportedly Forgo Military Uniforms At Prince Philip’s Funeral, Sparing Prince Harry Embarrassment (Forbes)

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