Prince Philip’s funeral: the 15 guests who will attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s vigil

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The royal family will say a final farewell to Prince Philip at his funeral later today.
Only 30 people can attend the service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and only 15 are allowed to attend the vigil, due to coronavirus restrictions.

In a statement, the royal family say it will be a “royal funeral ceremony” which is “fully in line” with the wishes of Prince Philip, who died at Windsor Castle on Friday April 9 at the age of 99 years old.

After 73 years of marriage, the Queen will bid farewell to Philip during a televised funeral service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday, attended by a small group of relatives and friends.

Covid regulations have reduced the scope of the service with public items canceled, mourners reduced from around 800 to just 30, and all guests wearing face masks and sitting apart.

The Royal Envoy will air on BBC One from 12:30 p.m.

Prince Philip’s coffin is due out of Windsor Castle and members of the Royal Family will march in a procession, before it is placed on a custom-built Land Rover hearse.

The Queen and Prince of Wales will both attend Prince Philip’s vigil
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He will be driven to St George’s Chapel with a military escort and members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force will line the procession route.

Cannons will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn of Windsor Castle during the procession and several members of the Royal Family will march behind the coffin on foot.

The Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal will lead the Duke of York, Earl of Wessex and other family members walking behind the Duke’s coffin during the funeral procession which the Queen will join, traveling by car.

The royal brothers, Prince William and Prince Harry, will not be walking side by side but with their cousin Peter Phillips between them.

The national anthem will play when the casket arrives at the chapel and it will be carried to the steps before the ceremony is suspended for a minute of silence at 3 p.m.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to attend the vigil
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The funeral service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor. It is expected to last around 50 minutes and all royals in attendance will be wearing face masks.

A small choir of four will sing pieces of music chosen by the Duke of Edinburgh.

After the service, his casket will be lowered into the Royal Vault.

Among the 30 mourners will be the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex and her children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise.

Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were invited.

Also in attendance will be the children of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, three of Philip’s German parents and his close friend Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

Only 15 people will then be allowed to attend the vigil, in accordance with current restrictions on coronaviruses.

The list is believed to include the Queen, Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of Sussex, Princess Royal and her children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.

Also included are the Duke of York and his children Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie as well as the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex.

Princess Alexandra, 84, the Queen’s first cousin, who has dedicated decades of her life to royal duty and charity work, was also reportedly invited.

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