More than forty two people will attend Prince Philip’s funeral but the fairly large number is within Covid regulations.
And whilst only 30 ‘mourners’ will be present at the funeral inside the chapel due to current Covid restrictions, there will be other staff on hand as well as a crew to televise the ceremony for the public.
Usually the Royal Family would have an 800 strong congregation for such a serious occasion, and the Queen had to hand pick those who could attend in the end, ensuring that different members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family were there.
Guests of course include those you would expect – The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall followed by Prince William and Kate Middleton without three children and Prince Harry without Meghan or son Archie, who are both still in the US.
Meghan was reportedly unable to attend as she could not get medical clearance to travel.
The Duke of York and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, along with husbands, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank will be there as well.
Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, his wife Sophie and their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, will also be there.
Princess Anne, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, their children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and Zara’s husband Mike Tindall will also attend as well as the children of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret – the Earl of Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto, along with her husband David Chatto.
The Queen’s first cousins, Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent, and three German relatives Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden; Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg will also be there.
The Countess Mountbatten of Burma, known as the Duke’s carriage-driving companion and one of his closest confidantes, is the final name on the list.”
In addition to these 30 ‘guests’ there are also some supplementary people including – a lady in waiting who will travel to the chapel with the Queen by car and enter the church, but as a member of the royal household, not as a guest. She will remain in the nave, and not be seated in the quire with the royal family.
The Duke’s private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell who was the duke’s right hand man for 11 years will proceed behind the duke’s coffin with an additional two pages and two valets, and will enter the chapel, but not be seated in the quire.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will preside over the service with a small choir of just four people.
Then of course there will be a number of crew who will help broadcast the service.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘At its heart it is still a family event. We are following the Covid guidelines.
‘There was a limit on who could be invited as a guest and Her Majesty wanted to ensure that all branches of the duke’s family were there, and had to make some very difficult decisions about who would be there. ‘For those that unfortunately can’t be there, I’m sure they will be making their own private arrangements about how they commemorate the duke, and indeed celebrate the duke.’
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