Prince Philip offered ‘enormous support’ to Queen says expert
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The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9. His funeral taking place at St George’s Chapel tomorrow. Due to coronavirus restrictions, only 30 people are allowed to attend the service and Her Majesty will sit alone.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said planning the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral was difficult due to the Covid restrictions.
Her Majesty had to “make some difficult decisions” on who can attend the service while keeping in line with the 30-person limit.
They told People magazine: “We are dealing with a family funeral and at its heart it is still a family event.”
They also did not comment on whether Philip had a say in who was invited to the funeral before his death.
Most of those attending the Duke’s funeral are Royal Family members, with Prince Harry flying from the US to be at the service.
Alongside the Duke of Edinburgh’s children, grandchildren, and their spouses, the Queen’s cousins, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra are set to attend.
Philip’s close friend, Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, will also be in attendance.
Three members, two great-nephews and a cousin of Philip’s German family are also set to attend the service, and “are isolating in Ascot ahead of Saturday”.
Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg are said to be staying with a mutual friend in Ascot, Berkshire to stay Covid-safe, according to the Daily Mail.
Philip is said to have made it clear he wanted “blood” relatives to be invited to his funeral.
Prince Philipp said in a statement: “It really is an incredible honour and we are all extremely touched and privileged to be included on behalf of the wider family.”
Sources close to Philip say despite the scaled-down ceremony, Philip would have wanted “no fuss“ about his funeral.
Ailsa Anderson, former Palace spokesperson, told PEOPLE: “Ironically, it is probably how he would have liked.
“No fuss, no bother.
“Right through his life, he never knew what all the fuss was about.”
The Duke himself also once remarked: “Just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor.”
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