The 30 guests confirmed to be attending Prince Philip's funeral

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The small guest list for Prince Philip's funeral has been confirmed, with 30 people able to attend the scaled back ceremony to remember the Duke of Edinburgh.

Philip died on 9 April at the age of 99, at Windsor Castle. He will be laid to rest at the same royal residence.

But rather than a grand funeral attended by hundreds of people including the wider Royal Family, political figures and foreign dignitaries, the ceremony has had to be adapted to fit coronavirus regulations.

The guests will include his children and grandchildren, but no great-grandchildren.

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

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. "

Here is who is attending.

Queen Elizabeth II

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) 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. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II at the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph in 2020 in London. (Max Mumby/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 Second World War, and had four children, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren together. 

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

She has signed off on his funeral plans and is leading the family in mourning. 

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.

She'll remain in mourning, carrying out duties behind closed doors, until 22 April.

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. REUTERS/Molly Darlington/Pool
Prince Charles and Camilla at the VJ Day National Remembrance event at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in August 2020. (Molly Darlington/Reuters)

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.

The Prince of Wales will lead the eulogy at the ceremony, it was confirmed on Thursday.

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 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – but no children 

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: 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. (Photo by  Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate with their children Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George at London's Palladium Theatre in December 2020. (Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince William and Kate will be attending, but without their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The children are only seven, five and two, and the Daily Telegraph reported they would be kept at home. This could be to shield them from public pressure at an early age.

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.

William will be one of those to walk behind the coffin.

Prince Harry, but no Meghan

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. (Photo by HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read HENK KRUGER/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with son Archie in South Africa in October 2019. (Henk Kruger/AFP/Getty Images)

Prince Harry arrived back in the UK on 12 April, ahead of the funeral on 17 April.

He has to quarantine at a prearranged address while in the UK, but there are exemptions provided for those who are attending funerals.

He will have to return two negative COVID tests during his quarantine period, though the second one would be required on day eight of the period, which will actually be after the funeral.

He could take a private test on day five from a government-approved supplier and then be allowed out of quarantine early. 

Harry will also walk behind the coffin in the procession through Windsor Castle grounds on Saturday.

Meghan, Harry's wife, was not able to accompany him to the funeral because she is pregnant and could not get medical clearance to fly.

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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 and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 21:  Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Timothy Laurence attend Royal Ascot Day 3 at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2018 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence at Royal Ascot in 2018. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

The Princess Royal, Prince Philip's only daughter, will be also in attendance, paying tribute to the man she called her "teacher" "supporter" and "critic" in a message on Instagram after his death.

She also said: "It is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate."

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

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: 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. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at church at St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham in January 2020. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press)

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

But he appeared on television on the Sunday after his father's death, having been to church that morning. He paid tribute to him outside and thanked the public for their support.

Andrew was a frequent visitor to sex offender Epstein’s New York home and allegations were levelled against him by a woman who claimed to be a sex-trafficking victim.

The Duke of York denied all allegations and no charges have been brought against him, though the FBI wants to speak to him as a witness.

Andrew may be forced to stay away from most royal events, but will attend the funeral.

The Wessex family

SOUTHSEA, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: 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. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
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. (Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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

The family were 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.

Sophie recalled the moment the duke died on Sunday, when she and Edward attended church in Windsor with Edward's brother Andrew.

She said: "It was right for him and it was so gentle, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went."

It's previously been reported that Edward will take on the title of Duke of Edinburgh when Prince Philip died. However it was confirmed after Philip's death that the title has been passed to Prince Charles, who will recreate it when he accedes to the throne and pass it to his brother then.

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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

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: 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. (Photo by UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate in December 2019. (UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)

The children of Prince Andrew will also attend the funeral, but their mother Sarah Ferguson will not.

Their husbands will also be there to support the princesses.

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 will not be there.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank visit the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London to open the new Stanmore Building. (Photo by David Mirzoeff/PA Images via Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London. (David Mirzoeff/PA Images)

Eugenie is married to tequila brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank. They married in a grand ceremony in St George's Chapel Windsor in October 2018 - the same place the funeral will be held.

Eugenie and Jack have one son, August, but he will also not be at 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. 

Peter Phillips - but not his former wife

LONDON,  UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08:  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. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
Autumn and Peter Phillips and their children Savannah and Isla on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour in 2019. (Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

Peter Phillips, Anne’s son, will be in attendance. He is divorced, and his former wife Autumn Phillips won't be there alongside him though they do still get on.

They have two daughters, Savannah and Isla Phillips. Like their cousins, the Cambridge children, they will not go to the funeral.

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

Mike and Zara Tindall

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall and daughter Mia Grace Tindall attend Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace on December 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Mike, Zara and Mia Grace Tindall going to Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace in 2019. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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

They have three children: daughters Mia and Lena and son Lucas. The children will not be there.

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

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17:  David, Viscount Linley attends church at Hillington on January 17, 2016 in King's Lynn, England.  (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
David, Viscount Linley, at church at Hillington in 2016. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via 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 and were both present at the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002.

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

However he will not be accompanied by any of them on Saturday.

Lady Sarah and Daniel Chatto

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) 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. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018 in Windsor. (Max Mumby/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, who are considered an important part of the family.

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 of Gloucester - but not the duchess

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 18: 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. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor in May 2019. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press)

The Queen’s cousin the Duke of Gloucester will be in attendance but his wife is not able to go. 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 the Queen as she continues but only the duke 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 of Kent - but not the duchess

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: 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. (Stefan Rousseau / WPA Pool / Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Kent at a service at the base of the Grenfell Tower on the one-year anniversary of the building's fire in 2018. (Stefan Rousseau / WPA Pool / Getty Images)

The Duke of Kent is another of the Queen’s cousins, and he will attend. His wife is not going to go.

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.

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

Princess Alexandra

EPSOM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Alexandra attends 'Derby Day' of the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse on June 1, 2019 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Princess Alexandra at Epsom Racecourse in 2019. The cousin of the Queen has worked for the Royal Family most of her life. (Max Mumby/Indigo/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.

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

Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

LANGENBURG, GERMANY - MAY 27:  Phillipp Fuerst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (L) and Erbprinz Bernhard von Baden (R) attend the visit of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at Schloss Langenburg on May 27, 2013 in Langenburg, Germany.  (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)
Phillipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (L) and Prince Bernhard von Baden (R) in 2013 in Langenburg, Germany, when Prince Charles was visiting. (Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)

Three members of Prince Philip's family have been flown over to the UK to attend the funeral on Saturday, as representatives of his wider family.

They are said to be isolating at a home in Ascot.

Before Philip married then-Princess Elizabeth he had been Prince of Greece and Denmark, and his sisters had gone onto marry German aristocracy after they fled Greece.

But in 1947, anti-German sentiment in the UK was high and so it was only his mother from Philip's family who was able to attend his wedding. More than 70 years later, there will be representatives of his family there to say goodbye. 

One of those is Prince Phillipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg who is a grand-nephew of Prince Philip.

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. 

Prince Bernhard of Baden

BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 21: Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden and Stephanie Anne Kaul attend the 71st Bambi Awards at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden on November 21, 2019 in Baden-Baden, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)
Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden and Stephanie Anne Kaul in 2019 in Baden-Baden, Germany. He will be alone at the funeral. (Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)

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

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

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 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, watching her horse 'Balmoral Mandarin' on day 4 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2019. (Max Mumby/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.

The Countess Mountbatten of Burma

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03:  Penny Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma attends Sunday Service at St Peter and St Paul Church in West Newton on February 3, 2019 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images )
Penny Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma at a Sunday Service at St Peter and St Paul Church in 2019 in King's Lynn. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images )

Penny Knatchbull, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, is to join the Royal Family as the final mourner at the funeral on Saturday.

A long time friend of both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen, she was taught to carriage drive by Philip.

The shared love for the sport, which he first taught her in 1994, led to a friendship until he died. She was a regular visitor when he retired to Wood Farm in Sandringham.

The 67-year-old is married to Norton Knatchbull, the 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma. They have three children and two grandchildren but she won't be accompanied by any of them at the funeral.

Her husband's grandfather was Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip's uncle who was killed by the IRA in 1979. 

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will be held at St George's Chapel, with the ceremony beginning at 3pm.

It will be preceded by a procession through the grounds of Windsor Castle, starting at 2.40pm.

There will be a national minute's silence at 3pm.

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