Who are Prince Philip's German family who will attend his funeral?

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Prince Philip’s funeral is set to take place tomorrow night Australia time and Buckingham Palace has confirmed the 30 guests who will attend.

Members of Prince Philip's German family will be able to attend his funeral alongside the British royal family.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh smiles on July 4, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Three of Prince Philip's German family members will be at his funeral. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Philip's older sisters all married German aristocrats after they were forced to leave their home in Greece when Philip was a toddler.

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Because of anti-German sentiment after the Second World War, only Philip's mother, Princess Alice, was at her son's wedding to then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947.

But on Saturday, three of Philip's family will be able to attend his funeral, representing the cousins, nieces and nephews who also feel his loss.

Who is Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg?

Phillipp Fuerst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Erbprinz Bernhard von Baden
Prince Phillipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Prince Bernhard von Baden in 2013 in Langenburg, Germany. photo: Getty Images

Prince Phillipp of Hohenlohe-Langenbur is a grand-nephew of the Duke of Edinburgh.

In a statement to the Daily Mail he said: "It really is an incredible honour and we are all extremely touched and privileged to be included on behalf of the wider family."

Phillipp met Prince Charles back in 2013 when the British prince travelled to Germany to spend time with his father's family.

Phillipp also shared happy memories of Uncle Philip, explaining that he would go to Germany to attend family events like christenings or birthdays.

He told royal author Robert Hardman: "It was such a joy having a conversation with him. His memory was extraordinary.

"He could remember playing hide-and-seek in the castle when he was a boy, and he always enjoyed talking to the local people.

"He could switch from German to English and back, whether he was talking about Winston Churchill or the local wildlife."

Phillipp Fuerst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg  talks to Prince Charles
Prince Phillipp of Hohenlohe-Langenbur is a grand-nephew of the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Getty Images

Phillipp, 51, is married to Saskia Binder and has three children – two sons and a daughter.

The funeral may be a time for him to enjoy catching up with Prince Charles, from whom he has previously sought support.

In 2013, Phillipp's decision to set up wind turbines in his forest proved controversial and he sought advice and backing from Charles, who is passionate about environmental issues.

Charles went to Langenburg Castle in Germany that year where he spoke at a symposium organised by Phillipp.

Who is Prince Bernhard of Baden?

Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden and his wife Stephanie Anne Kaul pose for photographers
Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden and his wife Stephanie Anne Kaul. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Bernhard is the hereditary Prince of Baden and another of Prince Philip's great nephews.

He is the son of the duke's second sister who was called Theodora.

Prince Bernhard is trained as a commercial lawyer and now manages the family's estate which includes a castle and wineries.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales talks to Erbprinz Bernhard von Baden, Joschka Fischer and guest
Prince Charles talking to Prince Bernhard von Baden (2ndL) and Joschka Fischer (L). Photo: Getty Images

He is married to Stephanie Anne Kaul and they have three children, but he won't be able to be accompanied by any of them because of the COVID restrictions on numbers.

Prince Bernhard also met Charles in 2013, at the event run by Prince Phillipp.

Who is Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse?

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse, watches her horse 'Balmoral Mandarin' compete in the BSPS Ridden Mountain and Moorland class on day 4 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 11, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Queen with Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park in 2019. (Indigo/Getty Images)

One of the family members who has been seen more frequently in the UK is Prince Donatus, who has been in Britain as recently as 2019 at the Windsor Horse Show.

Prince Donatus is a descendant of Queen Victoria and a cousin of Prince Philip.

He is head of the house of Hesse.

He is married with three children but won't be there with any of them.

Photographs of the prince in the UK show a warm relationship with the Queen. He was in Windsor in 2016 to help celebrate her 90th birthday and was seated next to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge at one of the events.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse sit together
The Duchess of Cambridge and Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse at the final night of The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park in 2016. Photo: Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse
The Queen with Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse after watching her horse 'Barber's Shop' compete in the Tattersalls and Ror Thoroughbred Ridden Show Class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park in 2014. Photo: Getty Images

In one photo from 2014, again at the Windsor Horse Show, the prince holds the Queen's hand after she had watched one of her horses 'Barber's Shop' compete in the Tattersalls and Ror Thoroughbred Ridden Show Class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park in 2014.

Known as 'Don', he is the head of the House of Hesse, which Prince Philip's younger sisters married into.

His role now includes curating and showcasing the heritage of the house. Louis Mountbatten, who was Prince Philip's uncle, is one of the descendants of his house.

He also manages the Prinz von Hessen winery.

He is married to Countess Floria Franziska Marie-Luisa Erika von Faber-Castell, whose father is chairman of the board of the Faber-Castell pen and pencil company.

The three German relatives will have to follow COVID protocols in the lead up to the funeral, including adhering to quarantine rules and taking coronavirus tests.

They will have to observe social distancing during the funeral.

Reporting by Rebecca C Taylor

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