William and Harry will not walk shoulder to shoulder behind their grandfather’s coffin when he is laid to rest tomorrow.
The estranged brothers are both in the small party of close family members who will follow the Duke of Edinburgh’s body.
But they will be separated by their cousin, Peter Phillips. And when the coffin is carried into St George’s Chapel in Windsor, William will move ahead of his younger brother as they take their seats separately.
The extraordinary turn of events will be seen by some as a missed opportunity to show family unity in the wake of Prince Philip’s death. Others questioned whether the princes were being kept apart deliberately at their own request.
But a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘This is a funeral [and] we will not be drawn into those perceptions of drama. The arrangements have been agreed and reflect Her Majesty’s wishes.’
It came as details of Philip’s royal ceremonial funeral, which will take place at 3pm tomorrow, were publicly released. These included:
- The Queen will wear a mask, sit socially-distanced from her family and follow the coffin of her husband of 73 years in the state Bentley;
- The 30-strong congregation comprises of all of Philip’s children and grandchildren, their spouses and close relatives including Princess Margaret’s son the Earl of Snowdon;
- The only non-family member of the group is his close friend and carriage driving companion Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Penny Knatchbull;
- Other royals including the Duchess of Kent have not been invited after Covid rules meant a 1,000-name list was whittled down;
- The Land Rover hearse specially designed by the duke to carry his coffin was unveiled.
William and Harry, 36, were last seen in public together at a Commonwealth Day service in March last year where they could barely look each other in the eye following Harry and Meghan’s acrimonious split from the Royal Family.
Relations were further soured by the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, in which they attacked senior royals while Philip, who died on Friday aged 99, lay in hospital.
It had been quietly hoped that the loss of their beloved grandfather, who both men loved deeply, might start the process of rapprochement.
Tomorrow is likely to be particularly difficult for the brothers as it will evoke memories of having to walk behind their mother’s coffin when they were just 15 and 13.
But today royal biographer Hugo Vickers said that Peter Phillips, Philip’s eldest grandson, may have been deliberately chosen to help his two younger cousins find a way forward with their relationship, which has become badly strained in the past year.
He said: ‘Peter Philips was incredibly good with the boys when Diana died, so I think it will be very good for them. Sometimes I think that when people behave very well in public, which I think they will do, they find it easier to behave better in private. Prince Philip and the Queen were conciliators all their life so I’m sure that is what he would have wanted’.
William and Harry will be among nine family members who will walk behind Philip’s coffin, leaving the Sovereign’s entrance at Windsor Castle at 2.45pm.
William, 38, and Harry will walk in the third row of mourners, with their cousin Peter Phillips in between them, behind the Queen’s four children.
The procession will be led by the Prince of Wales and his sister, Princess Anne, followed by Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.
Behind William and Harry will be Princess Anne’s husband, Tim Laurence, and Philip’s nephew, the Earl of Snowdon, with staff bringing up the rear.
A palace spokesman said the Queen had been forced to make ‘difficult’ decisions about who to include among the guests as a result of Covid restrictions.
But she did her best to honour her late husband’s wishes and include representatives of all sides of the family – and from every generation, apart from his great-grandchildren who are considered too young to attend.
‘The family have had to implement his wishes in the best way they can,’ he said. He stressed that the decision for the two princes to move apart from Mr Phillips and go into the chapel separately was a ‘practical’ one, as they could not have walked three abreast through the door while social distancing.
Prince Philip had been involved in the planning for his funeral for at least two decades, but his wife had been forced to change it to a pared back event due to Covid.
More than 700 military personnel will be involved in ceremony, with his beloved Royal Marines carrying his coffin, which will bear his sword and cap.
Tomorrow service detachments recognising Philip’s special military relationships will be in position in the Windsor Castle Quadrangle, as he begins his final journey.
These include the: Royal Navy; Royal Marines; Band of the Royal Marines; Royal Fleet Auxiliary; The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish); Grenadier, Coldstream and Welsh Guards; The Highlanders, 4th Battalion; The Royal Regiment of Scotland; Royal Gurkha Rifles; The Rifles; REME; Intelligence Corps; Royal Air Force; Guidon, Colour and Truncheon Parties and several military bands.
The Quadrangle will also be lined by the Household Cavalry, The Foot Guards and the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
Before the funeral procession sets off, the Queen will have a moment of quiet reflection when her car draws up behind the coffin at the State Entrance to the castle and pauses for a moment.
The procession will then depart, following the Land Rover as it is driven to the west steps of St George’s Chapel. But the Queen will not be required to follow it all the way down.
Instead her car will stop at the Galilee porch at the chapel, where she will be greeted by the Dean of Windsor before taking her seat inside.
On the altar will be displayed some of the duke’s regalia personally chosen by Philip himself, which will include nods to his Danish and Greek heritage.
Buckingham Palace has refused to say what the royal family will do after the service. In normal circumstances there would be a wake, but coronavirus rules allow only outdoor gatherings of up to six people. The televised ceremonial aspects of the funeral will start at 2pm.
A Palace spokesman stressed the funeral will be a ‘family event’ said the Royal Family was ‘grateful’ and ‘touched’ for all the messages of condolence from around the world and at the way so many people had shared ‘fond memories’ of the duke.
Among the other guests are the Duchess of Cornwall, all of the duke’s grandchildren and their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret and three of Philip’s German relatives – Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Also invited is a close friend of the duke, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, who was Philip’s carriage driving partner and one of his closest friends.
While the Queen will be joined by her lady-in-waiting on her way to the service, she will sit by herself in the quire of the chapel, with all mourners following Covid-19 guidelines and remaining socially distanced. The lady-in-waiting will not sit in the quire and is not counted among the guest list of 30.
Leading the procession to the chapel will be the Band of the Grenadier Guards, followed by the Major General commanding the Household Division, service chiefs, the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin borne on a custom-built Land Rover hearse, members of the royal family on foot, Philip’s household staff, and finally the Bentley carrying the Queen.
The Palace has not said which lady-in-waiting will accompany Her Majesty in the vehicle.
The Queen’s ladies-in-waiting, personally chosen by the monarch, have a variety of duties including attending to private and personal matters for the Queen and handling her correspondence.
They include her senior lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, who was married to the late BBC chairman Marmaduke Hussey.
The Queen’s ladies-in-waiting have also been part of HMS Bubble – the name given to the reduced selection of around 20 staff attending to the Queen at Windsor during lockdown.
Some of the ladies-in-waiting have been with the Queen for more than 50 years and act as both friends and loyal assistants, and their discretion and support will be invaluable.
Details of Philip’s funeral were released by Buckingham Palace Thursday night and it has been confirmed the Queen – like all 30 guests invited to the service – will wear a facemask in the car and in the chapel.
The Queen will depart the Sovereign’s Entrance in the state Bentley accompanied by a lady-in-waiting at 2.44pm.
Prince Harry has spoken in the past about how he and William are on ‘different paths’ and have good and bad days in their relationship.
Their brotherly bond was put under further strain after the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey where they accused a royal family member of racism, something William strongly denied.
Asked whether arrangements for the procession reflected the royal siblings’ relationship, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘This is a funeral, we’re not going to be drawn into those perceptions of drama, or anything like that, this is a funeral.
‘The arrangements have been agreed, and they represent Her Majesty’s wishes, so we’re not going to say anything more on that.’
The Buckingham Palace spokesman stressed the duke’s funeral will ‘at its heart’ be a ‘family event’.
He said: ‘We are following the Covid guidelines, there (is) 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 – I think fair to say – difficult decisions about who would be there.’
BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards will lead nearly six hours of coverage broadcast from Windsor across three programmes on Friday and Saturday, while ITV News’ funeral coverage on Saturday will be led by Tom Brady and Julie Etchingham.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The ceremonial arrangements are a reflection of The Duke’s military affiliations and personal elements of His Royal Highness’s life.’
The forces taking part in the ceremony are:
- The Royal Navy;
- Royal Marines;
- Band of the Royal Marines;
- Royal Fleet Auxiliary;
- The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish);
- Grenadier Coldstream and Welsh Guards;
- The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland;
- Royal Gurkha Rifles;
- The Rifles;
- Intelligence Corps;
- Royal Air Force;
- Guidon, Colour and Truncheon Parties;
The Duke of Edinburgh joined the Royal Navy in 1939 and, by 1942, had risen to the rank of First Lieutenant after bravely fighting in the Battle of Crete and the conflict at Cape Matapan.
He was decorated for bravery during his Naval service in the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans.
These included the War Medal 1939-1945, which came with a mention in dispatches for his ‘alertness’ in helping to spot enemy ships.
Some believed he could have become First Sea Lord – the professional head of the Royal Navy.
But the Duke stepped down from his active role in the forces to fulfil his duty as the Queen’s consort.
In recognition of his long-standing connection with the Royal Navy, the Queen conferred the title of Lord High Admiral on the Duke to mark his 90th birthday in June 2011.
Also today, the Commandant General of the Royal Marines spoke of the ‘generous’ time the Duke of Edinburgh gave to the regiment.
Major General Matt Holmes said Philip had a ‘long and happy association’ with the Royal Marines, of which he held the ceremonial title of Captain General for 64 years until 2017.
Speaking to Times Radio, he said of the duke: ‘We were utterly privileged and honoured to enjoy his company on numerous occasions.
‘He gave his support to the corps and often visited us on operations at home during his time.
‘We had numerous encounters, and I think that was the beauty of his service with us. He was always generous with his time.’
Major General Holmes said the Royal Marines Band Service will perform at the funeral, which is taking place this Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Recounting memorable moments with the duke, he said: ‘From my recollection there were a number of formal events that he attended.
‘The one that really stands out is when he flew all the way to Exeter airport from London to meet one of my companies returning from Afghanistan.
‘He spent an hour on the ground. He hated fuss, so we would host him and he would go straight amongst the marines and talk to our valiant warriors.’
He said the duke would be interested in the modernisation of defence, adding: ‘Certainly I think he was interested, in particular, in innovation and technological developments.’
It has emerged members of the royal family will now not wear military uniform at the duke’s funeral.
The move means the Duke of Sussex will not have to face being one of the only close family members who is not in uniform at Saturday’s service.
Harry lost his honorary military titles – including Captain General of the Royal Marines, which he had taken from his grandfather in 2017 – after deciding to step down as a senior working royal last year.
Who’s who on the guest list for Prince Philip’s funeral?
The Queen had the difficult choice of selecting just 30 guests for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. Here is a look at who has been confirmed as attending:
1. The Queen
The nation’s longest-serving head of state, who was married to the duke for 73 years, will lead mourners as they gather in St George’s Chapel on Saturday. Elizabeth II has reigned for 69 years and faces the remainder of her time on the throne without her loyal consort at her side.
– PHILIP’S CHILDREN AND THEIR SPOUSES
2. The Prince of Wales
Future king Charles, the Queen and Philip’s eldest son, is the nation’s longest-serving heir to the throne. He will process with other members of the royal family as they walk behind the specially modified Land Rover carrying Philip’s coffin through the castle grounds.
3. The Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla, once a royal mistress now a future Queen, will be supporting her husband Charles during his time of grief. The duchess, who has carved out a royal role for herself promoting literacy and campaigning against domestic abuse, is known for her down-to-earth and friendly nature, and will be a pillar of strength for the prince.
4. The Duke of York
Andrew will make his first appearance at an official royal event at the funeral since stepping down in 2019 from royal duties after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Virginia Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein as a teenager, said she was left ‘horrified and ashamed’ after an alleged sexual encounter with the duke in London in 2001. Andrew, who was previously dubbed Air Miles Andy amid criticism of his globe-trotting, denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.
5. The Earl of Wessex
Edward, the Queen and Philip’s youngest son, worked closely with his father on his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
6. The Countess of Wessex
Edward’s wife Sophie is being hailed as a great source of comfort for the Queen as she mourns for Philip. The monarch had a close relationship with the former PR executive, who has been visiting the Queen at Windsor in the days following Philip’s death.
7. The Princess Royal
Anne, the Queen and Philip’s only daughter, is often seen as the most hard-working member of the royal family. The princess has the same no-nonsense abrupt attitude as her father. She is known for keeping to the same bouffant hairstyle for decades.
8. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
Anne’s husband is a familiar face at official royal engagements but the dependable royal rarely takes centre stage. The naval officer, who wed the princess in 1992 the same year she divorced her first spouse Captain Mark Phillips, has told of his and Anne’s shared love of the sea, but admitted he does not share her affection for horses.
– THE GRANDCHILDREN AND SPOUSES
9. The Duke of Cambridge
Second in line to the throne William – the Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales’s eldest son – has paid tribute to the duke as an ‘extraordinary man’. The funeral will be the first time the future monarch has been seen at an official event with his brother the Duke of Sussex since Harry quit as a senior royal and carried out his bombshell Oprah interview.
10. The Duchess of Cambridge
Kate, a future Queen, will be at husband William’s side. It will be the first major royal funeral the duchess has attended. Seen as both calm and caring, Kate has taken to her royal role with ease over the years.
11. The Duke of Sussex
Harry, who has rushed back from the US, is self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage. His attendance is the first time he will have been seen publicly with the Windsors since he and Meghan accused an unnamed royal of making racist remarks about his son’s skin tone before he was born, and the institution of failing to support a suicidal Meghan.
12. Princess Beatrice
Beatrice is the eldest daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York. The 32-year-old has a full-time job at Afiniti, an artificial intelligence software firm, where she is vice president of partnerships and strategy.
13. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Beatrice wed millionaire property tycoon Edo, a long-time family friend of the Yorks, in a secret lockdown ceremony last summer, with the Queen and Philip among the handful of guests. He is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Williams-Ellis. Beatrice is stepmother to his young son Wolfie.
14. Princess Eugenie
Eugenie is Andrew and Sarah’s youngest daughter and Philip’s death has happened just weeks after the 31-year-old princess became a first-time mother. Her son August has the middle name Philip in tribute to his great-grandfather. Eugenie works as a director at the contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth in London.
15. Jack Brooksbank
Eugenie’s husband is European brand director of Casamigos Tequila, co-founded by the actor George Clooney. They wed in St George’s Chapel in 2018.
16. Lady Louise Windsor
Lady Louise is the 17-year-old daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and was close to her grandparents, particularly the Queen. She has embraced the pastimes associated with her grandfather, taking up carriage driving and starting her Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.
17. Viscount Severn
Lady Louise’s brother, 13-year-old James is the youngest of Queen and Philip’s grandchildren, and lives with his family at Bagshot Park, Surrey, 10 miles from Windsor Castle. Mischievous James was seen prodding his sister on the back of her legs with a rubbish grabber when he attended a beach litter-picking engagement last year.
18. Peter Phillips
The 43-year-old is the eldest son of the Princess Royal and was the duke’s first grandchild. He has the key role of walking between his cousins William and Harry in the procession to the chapel. Mr Phillips, who announced his divorce from wife Autumn last year, runs the UK arm of events and sponsorship agency Sports and Entertainment Ltd (SEL). In 2016, his agency organised the Patron’s Lunch celebration in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
19. Zara Tindall
Anne’s daughter gave birth to her third child – the Queen and Philip’s 10th great-grandchild – less than four weeks ago. She named her son Lucas Philip, with his middle name in honour of both the duke and husband Mike Tindall’s father. The champion equestrian rider won a silver medal in the London 2012 Olympics with Team GB.
20. Mike Tindall
Zara’s husband Mike is a former England rugby player, known for his relaxed approach to life and stints on celebrity shows The Jump and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive. He recounted the entertaining tale of how baby Lucas was born on the bathroom floor at home when there was not enough time for Zara to get to hospital, on a rugby podcast he co-hosts.
– CLOSE RELATIVES OF THE QUEEN
21. Earl of Snowdon
The earl, formerly Viscount Linley, is the eldest child of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret. He runs his own company making bespoke furniture under his professional name, David Linley, and separated from his wife Serena after 26 years in 2020.
22. Lady Sarah Chatto
Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah has a strong bond with the Queen, who is said to adore her only niece. She keeps out of the royal limelight and is also said to be close to her cousin Charles, sharing a love of painting at Balmoral together.
23. Daniel Chatto
Lady Sarah Chatto’s husband Daniel Chatto is an artist and former actor. Lady Sarah met Daniel on a sabbatical in India and they wed in 1994.
24. Duke of Gloucester
A first cousin of the Queen, Richard cut short his career as an architect to devote his life to royal duties following the death of his older brother Prince William in 1972. Mostly operating behind the scenes away from the glare of the media, the Gloucesters, with the Kents and Princess Alexandra, are part of the band of minor royals formed of the Queen’s cousins, who have supported the monarch and Philip during her reign.
25. The Duke of Kent
Also the Queen’s first cousin, Edward or ‘Steady Eddie’ – as the royals reportedly call him – carries out his minor role within the family with a dutiful and reliable good grace. He is perhaps best known for being President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and presenting the Wimbledon trophies each summer.
26. Princess Alexandra
Princess Alexandra, another first cousin, has devoted decades of her life to royal duty and charity work. One of the most popular members of the family with royal relatives, the princess, 84, is loved for her kindness and warm nature.
PHILIP’S GERMAN RELATIVES
27. Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden
Prince Bernhard, 50, is the grandson of the duke’s second sister Theodora.
28. Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
Prince Donatus, 54, known as Don, is head of the house of Hesse into which the duke’s younger sister Cecile and Sophie married.
29. Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Philipp, 52, is the grandson of the duke’s elder sister Princess Margarita.
THE DUKE’S CARRIAGE DRIVING COMPANION
30. Countess Mountbatten, Penelope ‘Penny’ Knatchbull
Previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, Penny was the duke’s carriage driving partner and was one of his closest friends. She is the wife of Earl Mountbatten, Norton Knatchbull, who is the grandson of Philip’s beloved uncle the 1st Earl Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.
WHO ELSE WILL BE IN THE CHAPEL?
– The clergy and choir
The 30 limit rule does not include clergy, and the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will preside over the service. A small choir of just four people, including one soprano, will sing pieces of music chosen by the duke.
– Lady in waiting
A lady in waiting, as yet unnamed by Buckingham Palace, will travel to the chapel with the Queen by car and enter the church, but as a member of the royal household, not as a guest. She will remain in the nave, and not be seated in the quire with the royal family.
– The duke’s private secretary
– Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell was the duke’s right hand man for 11 years, taking on the role in 2010. He will process behind the duke’s coffin with two pages and two valets, and will enter the chapel, but not be seated in the quire.
WHO WILL BE MISSING?
– The Duchess of Sussex
Meghan, who is pregnant with her second child, has stayed in California after doctors advised her not to fly. But her attendance would have proved controversial in the wake of the allegations she raised during her Oprah interview.
– The great-grandchildren
The Queen and Philip’s 10 great-grandchildren – Savannah and Isla Phillips; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge; Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall; Archie Mountbatten-Windsor; and August Brooksbank – are considered too young to attend. All are aged 10 and under.
– A first cousin – and spouses of cousins
The Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent is not on the guest list, nor is his wife Princess Michael of Kent, or the Duchess of Kent and the Duchess of Gloucester – spouses of the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester.
SOURCE: Daily Mail