The Queen was beloved by all of her eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at the age of 96. The whole nation is in mourning, especially the royal family, however even with all the grief they are going through preparations for the funeral have already begun.
The Queen is leaving behind four children, eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, and speculations have already begun around which of the younger royals will be present at the funeral.
Her death only comes 17 months after her husband of 70 years, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away in April of 2021.
In the case of her husband’s passing and accompanying ceremonies and farewells, none of the great-grandchildren were present. It was only a small number of senior royal family members, friends and associates for the funeral that was held on April 17th at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
However, his funeral came at a time when the UK was under strict social distancing rules. This was part of “phase two” of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ‘roadmap to freedom’ plan, which restricted the number of people that can be present in an indoor setting.
Had there been no such rules, it is most likely that some of the Duke’s great-grandchildren would have been in attendance at the funeral, just like they were at his Memorial Service held at Westminster Abbey on March 29th of this year.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were joined by their two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, while Zara and Mike Tindall were with their eldest daughter Mia.
Peter and Autumn Phillips’ children Savannah and Isla were also in attendance, as well as Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex’s children James Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.
There is no official royal rule that bars children from attending the funeral of a monarch, although considering the emotional gravity of the situation does allow for the youngest of the royals to stay at home for any of the ceremonies.
For example, Prince Louis, who is only four, might be too young to fully grasp the situation and act accordingly at such events. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s two children, Archie and Lilibet, also fall in the same category, as they are three and one respectively, so it is very unlikely that they will be flown from the US to attend any ceremonies.