Here are the main guests at Prince Philip’s funeral

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Here are the main guests who will accompany Queen Elizabeth II for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday in Windsor, a list reduced to 30 guests due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The eldest son of the Queen and Prince Philip, heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales, Charles, 72, will have his second wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall by his side.

Prince Charles’ eldest son, the Duke of Cambridge, William, second in line to the crown, will be accompanied by his wife Kate.

Their three children were deemed too young to attend.

William’s younger brother, the Duke of Sussex, Harry, 36, has returned from California for the first time since his withdrawal from the monarchy a year ago. Any sign of reconciliation with his brother and father, with whom he acknowledged tensions during his shock interview on American television last month, will be scrutinized.

His wife Meghan Markle remained in the United States, his doctors having advised him against the trip: she is pregnant with their second child.

The only daughter of the Queen and Prince Philip, the 70-year-old Princess Royal Anne will be accompanied by her husband, Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence, and her children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.

The Duke of York, Andrew, 61, stepped back from the monarchy in 2019 after a disastrous interview to explain his friendship with the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein, accused of trafficking in minors.

He will be accompanied by his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie. The latter gave birth in February to her first child to whom she gave Philip as a middle name in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Earl of Wessex, Edward, 57, is the last of the Queen’s four children. He will be with his wife Sophie, who came to comfort the queen after Philip’s death, and their two children.

Penny, Countess Mountbatten, was one of Philip’s closest friends with whom he practiced horse sports. Her husband is the grandson of Count Mountbatten, mentor of Charles assassinated in 1979 by the paramilitary organization IRA. He is one of the few non-royal guests. He had remained very close to Philip after having been his private secretary.

Several members of the German branch of Philip’s family will be in attendance, including Bernhard, Crown Prince of Baden and grandson of his sister Theodora, as well as Donatus, head of the House of Hesse.

The limit of 30 guests does not include religious representatives celebrating the ceremony, led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the Anglicans.

A choir of four singers will perform songs chosen by Philip.