Last Friday the Palace confirmed that Prince Philip had sadly passed away at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle. According to reports he was bedside in his final moments with his wife Queen Elizabeth.
Since then members of the royal family have been sharing all kinds of tributes for the Duke of Edinburgh, with Prince Harry calling him a ‘legend of banter’, while his brother William described him as having a ‘mischievous sense of humour’.
In his touching tribute to his grandfather, Prince William also talked about the relationship Prince Philip had with his three great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The Duke of Cambridge wrote: ‘I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure.’
With preparations for the ceremony already underway, it was reported that the Cambridge children will not be attendance at Prince Philip’s funeral, due to multiple reasons.
Editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine told the Telegraph: ‘I don’t think there’s any point in them being there, because they wouldn’t understand what was going on.
‘The Royal family are completely traditional, and even without the Covid restrictions, young children wouldn’t be there.’
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward added: ‘The Queen only had children down to Christmas lunch when they had reached a certain age. He wouldn’t want young children racing up and down the aisle. [He thought] you can never go wrong if you follow convention.’
It seems that all 10 of the Queen and Prince Philip’s great-grandchildren will not be in attendance at the ceremony on Saturday. Archie Harrison, Prince Harry’s son, will be staying in the US with his mother Meghan Markle, who is currently pregnant.
Princess Eugenie’s son August on is only two-months-old, so its understandable that he will be absent. Zara Tindall’s three children, Mia, Lena and Lucas are not expected to be present at the funeral either, and neither will Peter Philip’s two daughters, Savannah and Isla.
With the three Cambridge children, George, Charlotte and Louis, being seven, five and two respectively, its understandable that they will not be present for the ceremony.
Richard Fitzwilliams, royal commentator, talked about what the Cambridge family’s plans to remember Prince Philip might be in the future, once the government set restrictions are lifted.
He told Express.co.uk: ‘The Duke’s Royal Ceremonial Funeral is in accordance with his wishes, but the public will not be permitted to participate in any capacity because of the pandemic.
‘Hopefully a post-Covid event where they will be able to express their admiration for his life of service and do so spontaneously will be arranged.’
Even with tragic events such as this we still should be careful until this global health crisis has fully passed.