Just 15 of Prince Philip’s relatives are allowed to attend his wake in line with coronavirus restrictions
Just 15 members of Prince Philip’s inner circle will attend a wake to honour his life.
But the guest list has been slashed in half for his final send-off.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex – one of a ‘trusted gang of four’ rallying around the Queen – have also been invited.
The final spot has reportedly handed to the Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra, according to The Sun.
Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle, who is expecting their second child, remains in the US after doctors advised her not to fly due to being heavily pregnant.
The Queen sat alone for the funeral of her consort and husband of 73 years, The Duke of Edinburgh
Pallbearers carry Prince Philip’s coffin into St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Picture: Yui Mok / POOL / AFP)
Prince Charles, pictured at the ceremony, paid tribute to his ‘dear Papa’ (Picture: REUTERS)
Kate Middleton arriving at the funeral (Picture: Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen ‘understands’ why the Duchess of Sussex cannot attend, royal sources said.
Meghan left a handwritten message for Philip on a wreath laid at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
The tight numbers for both the funeral and the wake are in line with current coronavirus restrictions.
Prince Philip died last Friday, April 9, just two months before his 100th birthday, Buckingham Palace announced.
Prince William, Peter Phillips and Prince Harry follow Prince Philip’s coffin during the Ceremonial Procession for the funeral of Prince Philip (Picture: Gareth Fuller/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Only the Duke of Edinburgh’s closest relatives will be invited to his wake (Picture: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex – one of the Queen’s ‘trusted gang of four’ will be attending Prince Philip’s wake (Picture: AP)
The late Duke will have a ceremonial instead of a state funeral this afternoon, as he requested.
He will make his last journey in a Land Rover hearse he designed from Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel.
Prince Charles and Princess Anne will lead a procession behind his coffin.
The Land Rover hearse designed by Prince Philip himself at the late Duke’s funeral today
Mourners including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Edward, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, at the funeral (Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)
Prince Philip died aged 99 on Friday, April 9 – just two months before his 100th birthday (Picture: Yui Mok – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William and Prince Harry will be separated by cousin Peter Phillips, it emerged earlier this week.
The brothers are said to be coming face to face for the first time since Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Despite their troubled relationship, they have vowed to put on a united front to support their grieving grandma, the Queen, as she mourns the loss of her husband and consort of 73 years.
The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex hope to ‘spend time together as a family’ after the funeral, which will honour the Duke’s extraordinary 99-year-old life and his life-long love of the Royal Navy.
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