British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend the funeral of the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Duke Philip of Edinburgh, to not take away the place from the Prince Consort’s relatives. This was announced on Saturday by a representative of the head of government.
“The Prime Minister has consistently wanted to act on what would be best for the royal family. Thus, to allow as many family members as possible to attend the funeral, he will not be present on Saturday, ” said Johnson’s office official.
The funeral of Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99, will be held on April 17. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the number of funerals in the UK cannot exceed 30, and the royal family is no exception. The ceremony had to be adjusted – the public will not be allowed to attend, and the farewell will take place exclusively on the territory of Windsor Castle near London.
On April 9, Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke of Edinburgh had “passed away peacefully” in the morning.
According to British newspapers, the queen was at his bedside at Windsor Castle, and Prince Philip himself refused to be hospitalized again. Before that, from mid-February to mid-March, he spent in the hospital, where he underwent a cardiac procedure.