On Saturday 17 April, the funeral of Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 on 9 April, will take place at Windsor Castle. If the health crisis forces him to distance himself from the members of his family, Her Majesty Elizabeth II will not be so alone on this sad day.
A funeral that promises to be rich in emotions. The funeral of Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99, will take place in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, April 17. Health crisis obliges, only about thirty people will be present for a last tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. Forced to distance herself socially, she who is one of the most vulnerable to Covid-19, Her Majesty Elizabeth II will not be so alone.
Buckingham Palace – quoted by our sources – confirms that the sovereign will be accompanied by one of her ladies-in-waiting at the funeral. The latter will only travel with Her Highness in the monarch’s official Bentley from Berkshire to Windsor. In accordance with the restrictions, both open-air and closed funerals must be attended only by thirty people. The lady-in-waiting could not cross the threshold of the chapel.
Because of the laws put in place to fight the spread of the epidemic, every person must stay at least two meters away from any other person not belonging to the same household. Her Majesty Elizabeth II will therefore be sitting alone at her husband’s funeral. The only person who will be allowed to sit with her on this occasion will be Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, Prince Philip’s private secretary.
All members of the Royal Family will be required to wear masks and will not be allowed to sing. The four children of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be present. Their grandchildren will also attend. Exiled to the United States, Prince Harry wanted to make the trip to pay tribute to his grandfather. Meghan Markle, pregnant with her second child, followed the order of her doctors advising her not to travel.
A calm and united Royal family
Stricken by grief, the members of the royal family should be united to pay tribute to Prince Philip. The Duchess of Sussex, who expressed regrets with her husband after their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, “encouraged her husband and family to put their differences aside and remain united. For her part, Kate Middleton should play the “reconciler” to try to bring the two brothers, who have been estranged for months. Avoiding humiliation to her grandson Prince Harry, Elizabeth II asked the members of the royal family to wear a suit and tie and not their military uniforms, the time seems to be at appeasement. Objective: avoid any scandal, and honor Prince Philip with dignity.
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