Prince Philip's funeral: A guide to which royals will be there

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Prince Philip has died at the age of 99 and plans have now begun for his funeral.

While details are yet to be announced, it's likely to be a smaller occasion than he would be entitled to, as he did not like a fuss, and there are current COVID restrictions in the UK limiting rules around large gatherings.

The Duke of Edinburgh is expected to be given a ceremonial royal funeral at St George's Chapel, rather than a state one and will not lie in state.

According to protocol, as the Queen's consort, Philip is to be honoured with a ceremonial royal funeral, as the Queen Mother was in 2002.

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Diana, Princess of Wales, was also given a form of ceremonial royal funeral, despite no longer being an HRH.

Unlike when the Queen dies, there won't be as many heads of state in attendance, or politicians.

However his family will turn out for their final goodbyes.

File photo dated 24/06/18 of the Duke of Edinburgh leaving after the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace has announced. Photo: Getty Images

Plans for his funeral have been kept secret for many years, under the code name Operation Forth Bridge.

The longest serving consort, Philip racked up tens of thousands of royal engagements during his decades by the side of the Queen.

His death triggers her personal time of mourning, which will include an eight-day period where no parliamentary bills will be given royal assent.

The Queen will remain in mourning, carrying out duties behind closed doors, for about 22 days after his funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II attends the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 8, 2020 in London, England. Remembrance Sunday services were substantially scaled back today due to the current restrictions on gatherings, intended to curb the spread of covid-19.
Queen Elizabeth II at the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph in 2020 in London. Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II has been widowed at 94 after losing her husband of more than 70 years.

The pair married in Westminster Abbey in 1947, shortly after the war, and had four children, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Elizabeth called Philip her "strength and stay" and he was a significant support to her throughout her reign.

She will sign off on his funeral plans and will lead the family in mourning. 

Prince Charles and Camilla

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the VJ Day National Remembrance event, held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Britain August 15, 2020.
Prince Charles and Camilla will be in arrendance. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Charles may have had a rocky relationship with his father as a young man, but the pair were often seen laughing and joking together as they got older, at family events and celebrations.

Charles is sure to have an important role in supporting his mother over the next few weeks and months, having picked up his royal duties with her when his father retired in 2017.

He and his wife Camilla, who became a firm part of the family, will be there to pay their respects.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, took over one of Philip's roles as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles in 2020, showing their much improved relationship. 

The Cambridge family

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, attend a special pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre, hosted by The National Lottery, to thank key workers and their families for their efforts throughout the pandemic on December 11, 2020 in London, England.
Prince William and Kate with their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George. Photo: Getty Images

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, will be attending.

William said he was "so proud" of his grandfather in January 2021 when he received the coronavirus vaccine. 

He was supported by his grandfather after the death of his mother in 1997, when Philip walked with William and Harry behind the coffin of Diana at her funeral.

The Sussex family

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu (unseen) at the Tutu Legacy Foundation  in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. - The British royal couple are on a 10-day tour of southern Africa -- their first official visit as a family since their son Archie was born in May.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with Archie. It's not clear whether the Sussexes will attend. Photo: Getty Images

Although they have spent the last year in California after leaving their senior royal duties, Prince Harry and Meghan will hope to attend the funeral of his beloved grandfather.

Whether their son Archie will make the trip is less sure, but it’s likely the couple would want to bring him because of their respect for the Queen and the duke. 

However the couple may be scuppered by ongoing restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since leaving their senior royal roles, the couple started a production company, and make documentaries, scripted series and children’s shows for Netflix.

They also run a non-profit organisation, called Archewell.

Princess Anne

The Princess Royal, Vice-Patron of the equine charity, The British Horse Society, visiting the Addington Equestrian Centre near Buckingham. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday March 16, 2020. During the visit she watched a display of world-class coaching demonstrations from top coaches, before giving a speech about the importance of having qualified coaches within the equestrian industry.
The Princess Royal, in March 2020. The daughter of the Queen has always been one of the hardest working royals. Photo: Getty Images

The Princess Royal, Prince Philip's only daughter, will be in attendance, paying tribute to her mother on whom she likely modelled her working life.

Anne has regularly been one of the hardest working royals in the family, frequently clocking up hundreds of engagements each year.

She and her father were said to be close throughout her childhood, sharing similar values and personality traits. Her father once said of her "If it doesn't fart or eat hay, she's not interested". 

Anne will be accompanied by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.

Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew, Duke of York attends church at St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham on January 19, 2020 in King's Lynn, England.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York at church at St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham in January 2020. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Andrew, Prince Philip's second oldest son, has largely been out of sight since he stepped back indefinitely from royal duties, over the fallout of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, in 2019.

Andrew was a frequent visitor to Epstein’s New York home and allegations were levelled against Andrew by one of the women who claimed to be a victim.

The Duke of York denied all allegations and no charges were brought against him.

Andrew may be forced to stay away from most royal events, but he would be unlikely to accept missing his father’s funeral.

The Wessex family

Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex pose with their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, as they take part in the Great British Beach Clean on September 20, 2020 in in Southsea, United Kingdom.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex with their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, in September 2020 in in Southsea. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, will be in attendance with their children, Louise and James.

The family was particularly close to the Queen, and their close proximity to Windsor Castle mean they are able to see her frequently, so they will want to offer her support at this time.

It's previously been reported that Edward will take on the title of Duke of Edinburgh when Prince Philip died, so that might be announced by the palace.

Edward and Sophie started life as working royals in 2002, during the Queen’s jubilee year. They increasingly came to the forefront of the family when Andrew had to step back and Harry and Meghan moved to the US.

Their children are unlikely to take on royal duties but they will be regulars at royal events, including the funeral.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate in December 2019. Photo: Getty Images

The children of Prince Andrew and their husbands will also attend the funeral, though it’s not as clear if their mother would be there.

Beatrice is married to property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who she wed in a secret ceremony during the coronavirus pandemic. He has a son, Wulfie, who is unlikely to attend.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank visit the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London to open the new Stanmore Building.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London. Photo: Getty Images

Eugenie is married to tequila brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank. They married in a grand ceremony in Windsor in October 2018.

Eugenie and Jack have one son, August, but he will probably stay at home for the funeral.

Neither princess carries out royal duties, but do have private charities they are patrons of. The princesses have previously spoken about their royal grandparents with great affection. 

The Phillips family

Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips and their children Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour on June 08, 2019 in London, England.
Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips and their children Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour in 2019. Photo: Getty Images

Peter Phillips, Anne’s son, will be in attendance. He is divorced, but his former wife Autumn Phillips may well accompany him.

They have two daughters, Savannah and Isla Phillips. It's not known if they could be considered too young for the event, however their younger cousins - the Cambridge children - could be there.

Phillips and his family don't have royal titles, but retain places in the line of succession.

The Tindall family

Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall and daughter Mia Grace Tindall attend Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace on December 18, 2019 in London, England.
Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall and daughter Mia Grace Tindall going to Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace in 2019. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall, and her husband Mike Tindall, will be at the funeral.

They have three children, two daughters, called Mia and Lena, and one son called Lucas.

The couple don't have royal titles but they are still a part of the Royal Family and are seen at events like Trooping the Colour.

The Viscount Linley

David, Viscount Linley attends church at Hillington on January 17, 2016 in King's Lynn, England.
David, Viscount Linley at church at Hillington in 2016. Photo: Getty Images

David Armstrong-Jones, the Viscount Linley, is the son of Princess Margaret, the Queen’s younger sister.

He is divorced from his wife, Serena, the Viscountess Linley, but the length of their marriage prior to that could indicate she will still attend Prince Philip's funeral. They were both present at the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002.

They have two children, Charles and Margarita, who may also attend the funeral. The family have been regulars at the Queen’s Christmas lunch which she hosts at Buckingham Palace.

Lady Sarah and Daniel Chatto

Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018 in Windsor. Photo: Getty Images

Lady Sarah is the daughter of the late Princess Margaret. She is married to Daniel Chatto, an actor.

They both attended the funeral of the Queen Mother in 2002.

They have two children, Arthur and Samuel, and as the Queen’s great nephews, they are likely to be at the funeral, and considered an important part of the family.

Their youngest son, Arthur, was a page of honour for the Queen for six years, meaning he held a position in state occasions, carrying the train of her dress.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Mr Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England.
Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor in May 2019. Photo: Getty Images

The Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, and his wife, will be in attendance. They have been working royals for decades, having come to their roles suddenly when the duke’s older brother died.

They represent hundreds of charities and carry out numerous engagements throughout the years.

They are likely to continue supporting King Charles III in his new role, and they will be at the funeral to pay their respects to Prince Philip.

They have three children - Alexander Windsor, Lady Davina Windsor, and Lady Rose Gilman.

Alexander, who is the Earl of Ulster, has three children, while Lady Davina and Lady Rose have two each.

The Duke and Duchess of Kent

The Duke and Duchess of Kent attend a service at the base of the Grenfell Tower on the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14, 2018 in London, England. In one of Britain's worst urban tragedies since World War II, a devastating fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower on June 14, 2017 where 72 people died from the blaze in the public housing building of North Kensington area of London
The Duke and Duchess of Kent at a service at the base of the Grenfell Tower on the one year anniversary in 2018. Photo: Getty Images

The Duke of Kent is another of the Queen’s cousins, and he and his wife, Katherine the Duchess of Kent, will attend.

He carries out royal duties, and will want to offer support to the Queen and pay respects to Prince Philip.

Katherine has been out of the public eye for many years, having decided to retire from royal duties in 2002, and stop using her HRH style. She became a music teacher at a school in Hull, where she was simply Mrs Kent.

They have three living children and 10 grandchildren, some of whom may be in attendance at the funeral.

Their children are George Windsor, Lady Helen Taylor and Lord Nicholas Windsor. The duchess had a stillborn son in 1977 called Patrick.

Princess Alexandra

Princess Alexandra attends 'Derby Day' of the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse on June 1, 2019 in Epsom, England.
Princess Alexandra at Epsom Racecourse in 2019. The cousin of the Queen has worked for the royal family most of her life. Photo: Getty Images

Another of the Queen’s cousins, Princess Alexandra, is a working royal who will attend the funeral.

She was widowed in 2004, after being married to Sir Angus Ogilvy for more than 40 years. They had two children, Marina and James, who could accompany their mother on the important occasion.

Marina is married to Paul Mowatt and they have two children Zenouska and Christian. James is married to Julia Ogilvy and they have two children too, Flora and Alexander.

Princess Anne was Alexandra’s chief bridesmaid when she married Ogilvy, demonstrating a close bond between the cousins.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Michael of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
Princess Michael of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel in May 2019. (Max Mumby/Getty Images)

Prince Michael is another cousin of the Queen, and he and his wife Princess Michael of Kent have been regular attendees at royal events, but they don’t carry out engagements.

They live in an apartment in Kensington Palace, which the Queen paid their rent on for some time, after outrage that they were living there for free.

The couple has two children - Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Kingston. Lord Windsor is married to Sophie Winkleman, and Lady Kingston is married to Thomas Kingston.

Their children are likely to join them at the funeral.

The Earl and Countess of Ulster

Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster and Claire Booth, Countess of Ulster attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England.
Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster and Claire Booth, Countess of Ulster at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor in 2019. Photo: Getty Images

Alexander Windsor is the only son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. The Duke is a cousin of the Queen.

He is married to Claire Booth and they are known as the Earl and Countess of Ulster.

They have two children, a son called Xan and a daughter called Cosima, who have been on the balcony for Trooping the Colour but might be too young to attend the funeral.

The Earl has a military background but now works in non-governmental roles.

The Earl and Countess of St Andrews

 George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews and Sylvana Palma Windsor, Countess of St Andrews attend a Christmas lunch for members of the Royal Family hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on December 20, 2016 in London, England
George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews and Sylvana Palma Windsor, Countess of St Andrews at a Christmas lunch for members of the Royal Family hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016. Photo: Getty Images

George Windsor and Sylvana Palma Windsor are known as the Earl and Countess of St Andrews.

He is the oldest son of the Duke of Kent, and a former diplomat who now works with several charities.

The couple has three children, who could also attend the ceremony.

Lord Downpatrick, Lady Marina, Lady Amelia Windsor

Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick attends a cigar and cocktail evening to celebrate the launch of the Hublot & The Rake 'Classic Fusion Aerofusion
Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick at the Corinthia London in October 2018. Photo: Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Kent’s three children are all likely to attend the funeral. As non-working royals, they are regular attendees at events like Trooping the Colour.

Lady Amelia Windsor is the most recognised of the three children, thanks to her career as a model.

Lady Marina and Lord Downpatrick have both forfeited their places in the line of succession as they were confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church.

Lady Marina also has a modelling past, while Edward Windsor, who is the Lord Downpatrick, is a fashion designer.

Lady Amelia Windsor wears earrings, a navy-blue sleeveless turtleneck with a bejeweled collar, outside Schiaparelli, during Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020, on January 20, 2020 in Paris, France.
Lady Amelia Windsor during Paris Fashion Week in January 2020. Photo: Getty Images
 Lady Marina Windsor attends the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England.
Lady Marina Windsor at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor at St George's Chapel in May 2019. Photo: Getty Images

Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor

Lady Frederick Windsor, Isabella Windsor and Lord Frederick Windsor attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England.
Lady Frederick Windsor, Isabella Windsor and Lord Frederick Windsor outside St George's Chapel in May 2019 in Windsor. Photo: Getty Images

The son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor is likely to attend with his wife, Sophie Winkleman.

They are regulars at royal events like weddings and the annual Christmas lunch.

However while their children attend celebratory engagements, they might be deemed too young for the funeral. Their daughter Maud was a bridesmaid for Lady Gabriella in 2019.

Lady Gabriella Kingston and Thomas Kingston

Lady Gabriella Windsor and husband Thomas Kingston attend Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 20, 2019 in Ascot, England.
Lady Gabriella Windsor and husband Thomas Kingston at Royal Ascot in 2019. Photo: Getty Images

The daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lady Gabriella is likely to be there with her husband Thomas Kingston.

They were married in 2019 in St George's Chapel, and the Queen and Prince Philip attended the celebration.

She’s a freelance journalist and in 2020, released her first single.

The couple don’t yet have children.

Details of the funeral will be released in the next few days, the Palace has said.

Reporting by Rebecca C Taylor

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