Daily US Times: The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip’s funeral next Saturday in order to allow “as many family members as possible” to go amid coronavirus restrictions, No 10 has said in a statement.
Only 30 people – expected to be the Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren and other close family – can attend the funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
The public has been asked to stay away from the funeral due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, the Prince of Wales Prince Charles paid tribute to his “dear papa”, saying he will be missed “enormously”.
Speaking from his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire, the Prince of Wales said his late father was a “very special person who… above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him”.
Prince Charles said he and his family were “deeply grateful” for this, adding: “It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”
The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on Friday, aged 99.
Later this morning, a remembrance service will be held for him at Canterbury Cathedral.
Buckingham Palace said funeral arrangements for next weekend will “very much” reflect Prince Philip’s wishes, have been adapted in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
“As a result of the coronavirus regulations, only 30 people can attend the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” a No 10 spokesman said.