Boris Johnson won't attend Prince Philip funeral
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Prince Philip funeral: Boris Johnson won’t attend to make way for more family

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place next Saturday

Boris Johnson will not attend the funeral of Prince Philip to make way for more family.

The Duke of Edinburgh‘s funeral will take place next Saturday (April 17) and 30 guests will attend, which is in line with COVID-19 regulations.

Downing Street issued a statement to confirm the Prime Minister won’t attend the funeral next weekend.

Boris Johnson leaving Downing Street
Boris Johnson won’t attend Prince Philip’s funeral (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Prince Philip funeral: Boris Johnson won’t attend

A statement from a Downing Street spokesman said: “As a result of the coronavirus regulations, only 30 people can attend the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Read more: Buckingham Palace confirms ceremonial funeral for Prince Philip on Saturday April 17

“The prime minister has throughout wanted to act in accordance with what is best for the royal household.

“And so to allow for as many family members as possible will not be attending the funeral on Saturday.”

Prince Philip
The Duke’s funeral will take place next Saturday at St George’s Chapel (Credit: SplashNews.com)

When and where will Philip’s funeral take place?

The Duke’s funeral will take place next Saturday (April 17) at 3pm at St George’s Chapel, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

Philip will not lie in state but instead, rest in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.

To allow for as many family members as possible will not be attending the funeral.

The Duke’s coffin will be carried to the funeral in a Land Rover that had been specially adapted for the occasion.

When the coffin arrives at St George’s Chapel, it will be adorned with Philip’s personal standard, and decorated with a wreath of flowers and his Naval cap and sword.

The Queen and Prince Philip
30 guests will attend the funeral (Credit: SplashNews.com)

It will then be carried up the steps of the chapel by the Royal Marines.

They will pause at the top of the steps for a national minute’s silence at 3pm.

The royal family said the funeral “reflects the wishes of Prince Philip”.

The public have been told to stay away due to the coronavirus pandemic and no public processions will take place.

They are instead encouraged to watch the funeral as it’s broadcast live on TV.

Prince William and Prince Harry go on a walkabout in Windsor the day before the Royal wedding
Reports say Harry and William will stand “shoulder to shoulder” at the funeral (Credit: SplashNews.com)

According to reports, Prince Harry will be travelling to the UK from California to attend his grandfather’s funeral.

However, his wife Meghan Markle will remain in the states as she’s heavily pregnant.

Read more: Prince William and Prince Harry to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ at funeral of Prince Philip

Meanwhile, Harry will walk behind Prince Philip’s coffin alongside his brother Prince William.

Reports say the brothers will stand “shoulder to shoulder” in a show of unity at the funeral.

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