British Royal Family

King in training: Will Prince George attend Prince Philip's funeral?

As the third in line to the British throne, Prince George may be expected to play a role in the day.

By Bella Brennan
Since his birth in 2013, Prince George Of Cambridge has won hearts across the globe with his charming antics.
Over the years, the seven-year-old has joined his family for events such as Trooping The Colour, royal weddings and Christmas church services.
In 2016, the third in line to the throne made his first official appearance in the UK on behalf of the royal family at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford with his parents Kate Middleton and Prince William by his side.
And now, in the wake of his great-grandfather's passing, many royal watchers are wondering if we can expect to see Prince George at Prince Philip's funeral this weekend.
While George's siblings Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, are much too young to attend the event, the seven-year-old is certainly old enough to sit still and concentrate throughout the service.
Indeed as the future King of England, Prince Philip's funeral could serve as the perfect opportunity for Prince George to take part in an historical family event and be shown the ceremonial ropes.
Prince George's special bond with his great-grandfather was put on full display after Prince William and Duchess Catherine released a never-before-seen photo of the pair enjoying a carriage ride together to coincide with the Duke Of Cambridge's touching tribute to Prince Philip.
William shared this gorgeous photo of his son and grandfather, taken by his wife Duchess Catherine. (Image: The Duchess of Cambridge)
However due to the strict COVID-19 guidelines the family must adhere to, Prince Philip's funeral will only allow for 30 guests to attend the service, which will take place at 3pm on Saturday April 17 at St George's Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The palace are yet to release an official rundown of who will attend, merely stating that Prince Philip's children and grandchildren will be present.
According to The Daily Telegraph in the UK, Prince William and Duchess Catherine's three children "will not be on the list."
Even if we don't catch a glimpse of Prince George this weekend, behind the scenes his parents are reportedly preparing him for his future role with "King lessons."
It's believed the Cambridge children won't attend their great-grandfather's funeral. (Image: Getty)
"She's [The Queen] asked William and Catherine to start training him for his future role as king," a source explained to New Idea right before Prince George turned five.
"After his fifth birthday, he will start sitting with The Queen for two hours a week to go through what's expected of him as heir to the throne and future king. While she's alive, she wants to pass on as much wisdom to George as possible – and also get in a little bonding time!"
The source also claimed George would undergo lessons with the Queen's advisers on the history of the monarch, etiquette, protocol and what a life of duty looks like.
"The Queen hopes that through this training, he'll be more than ready to become the king when the time is ready."
Prince George has attended several official engagements alongside his family over the years. (Image: The Duchess of Cambridge)
And while Prince George may be wrapping his head around the duty which awaits him, for Prince William a level of normality is also important when it comes to his son's upbringing.
"Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world, and that is so important to both of us as parents," the father-of-three revealed to British GQ in 2017.
"I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don't want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there."

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