On April 17th, the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip will have a royal ceremonial funeral, rather than a grand State funeral, due to his own wishes.
The College of Arms, which helps to organise state occasions, said that Prince Philip’s funeral plans were “in line with custom and with His Royal Highness’s wishes.”
Due to the pandemic, only thirty guests will be present at the ceremony, including Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, husband of Princess Anne.
Who is Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence?
Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence is the second husband of Princess Anne, the daughter of The Queen and Prince Philip.
Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence met while Laurence was serving on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Their relationship developed at the start of her separation from Phillips and private letters between the two were published by The Sun in 1989.
The couple married on December 12th 1992 in a small service with just 30 guests at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral. They chose Scotland as the location because at the time the Church of England did not allow divorced people to re-marry in its churches while the former spouse was still alive.
In an ITV show that was aired ahead of Princess Anne’s 70th birthday in August called Anne: The Princess Royal at 70, Sir Timothy joked about Anne’s first marriage with Captain Mark Philips:
“It’s quite amusing that she married first an army officer and then a naval officer. So there must be something about the military that attracts her.”
Who will attend Prince Philip’s funeral?
Due to the pandemic, the list of guests set to attend Prince Philip’s funeral has been whittled down to thirty. The following people will be present at the private ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle:
- The Queen
- The Prince of Wales
- The Duchess of Cornwall
- The Duke of Cambridge
- The Duchess of Cambridge
- The Duke of Sussex
- The Duke of York
- Princess Beatrice
- Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
- Princess Eugenie
- Jack Brooksbank
- The Earl of Wessex
- The Countess of Wessex
- Lady Louise Windsor
- Viscount Severn
- The Princess Royal
- Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
- Peter Phillips
- Zara Tindall
- Mike Tindall
- Earl of Snowdon
- Lady Sarah Chatto
- Daniel Chatto
- Duke of Gloucester
- Duke of Kent
- Princess Alexandra
- Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden
- Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
- Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
- The Countess Mountbatten of Burma