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Prince Philips (✝99) funeral service: Who are these three German guests?

The funeral service for the deceased Prince Consort takes place on Saturday. Prince Philips' German past also plays a role in this. Despite the restriction to 30 guests, there are also three Germans among them.

The British royal family will say goodbye to Prince Philip tomorrow. The funeral service for the late Queen spouse will take place at 3 p.m. local time in St. George's Chapel on the spacious grounds of Windsor Castle. Because of the Corona restrictions, however, everything is different than planned: Larger gatherings of people are prohibited - and only 30 instead of 800 mourners are allowed.

Nevertheless, a palace spokesman promised there would be a "worthy farewell to His Royal Highness". And Prince Philip also has his German roots, because the offspring of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg family had an extensive family tree and himself spent many years in Germany.

Prince Phillipp zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Hereditary Prince Bernhard of Baden on a visit from Prince Charles to Langenburg Castle in Baden-Württemberg. (Source: Thomas Niedermueller / Getty Images)

There will be three Germans among the 30 mourners. Prince Philip was related to Prince Bernhard of Baden, Prince Heinrich Donatus of Hesse and Prince Philipp zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg through his sisters. The three nobles have already arrived and are in quarantine near Windsor Castle.

The fact that the Duke of Edinburgh, according to Philips' title in Great Britain, did not always have an easy time with his German roots in the past was shown, among other things, at the wedding of him and Queen Elizabeth on November 20, 1947. Because of the Nazi atrocities in the Second During World War II, Prince Philips' sisters Margarita, Theodora and Sophie were not allowed to participate in the celebrations.

Heinrich Donatus von Hessen: The business economist can be seen here in 2016. (Source: IMAGO / Hoffmann)

But as the distance to the events of World War II, in which, among other things, German bombers also destroyed parts of Buckingham Palace, the connection between Great Britain and Germany relaxed - and so did the views of the British royal family. Philip, who in his youth attended the Salem elite school in southern Germany and spoke good German, often visited Germany in his more than 73-year marriage to the Queen.

During the first state visit by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1965, almost 1.3 million people stood in line in Berlin on May 27 and greeted the couple euphorically. When the last honor is paid to the Prince Consort on Saturday, spectators from Germany can also be there. The funeral will be broadcast from 2 p.m. on RTL and later also on SAT.1, ZDF and ARD.

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