The prince consort is no more. On April 9, Buckingham Palace announced, in a press release posted on its gates, the dreaded death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her dear husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement said, adding that the Prince Consort had passed away “peacefully” at Windsor Castle, the home he shared with his wife, Queen Elizabeth II. The day after the announcement, the Daily Mail unveiled the date of the patriarch’s funeral, which will be held on April 17 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, a few hundred meters from the castle. Pandemic obliges, the last tribute to prince Philip will not be done in front of hundreds of guests, as is customary the case, but in the presence of about thirty relatives.
Despite the complexity of the situation, the royal family wanted to send an invitation to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since July 24, 2019. And if it is customary for the head of the British government to attend the events of importance in connection with the royal family, the representative of the Nation has chosen not to impose himself on the Saint-Georges chapel. In a press release published Wednesday, April 14, Boris Johnson’s office said he preferred to leave his place to someone close to the prince consort. “Only thirty people can attend the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Prime Minister has always wanted to do what is best for the royal family, and therefore in order to allow as many relatives as possible to attend the event, he will not attend it himself on Saturday, ”the statement read.
Meghan Markle with absent subscribers
Among the guests, Queen Elizabeth II is obviously expected, as well as her children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. The grandchildren of the Duke of Edinburgh will also be present, including Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, but also Prince Harry, who traveled from Los Angeles to attend his grandfather’s funeral. His wife, Meghan Markle, has remained in the United States. About seven months pregnant, the Duchess of Sussex “has been advised by her doctors not to fly”, according to the Daily Mail, and has reportedly said she does not want “to be the center of attention “if she were to return to London. Prince Philip’s funeral will begin at 3 p.m. on April 17.
Queen Elisabeth II of England and Prince Philip © AGENCE