Details of secret royal safe containing Prince Philip's will revealed

High Court judge Sir Andrew McFarlane has revealed Prince Philip's will - stored inside a secret London safe - is currently under the Royal Courts of Justice's care.

The top-secret safe also includes the wills of 32 senior members of the royal family dating back to Prince Francis of Teck in 1911 and includes the final wishes of Queen Elizabeth's mother, her sister, Princess Margaret and her uncle, King Edward VIII, McFarlane revealed this week.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. Photo / Getty Images

McFarlane revealed details of the safe in September during a court battle over the secrecy of Prince Philip's final wishes after he died aged 99 on April 9 this year.

"I am now custodian of a safe in which there are over 30 envelopes, each of which purports to contain the sealed will of a deceased member of the royal family.

"I can confirm that the earliest such envelope is labelled as containing the will of Prince Francis of Teck," he added. "The most recent additions were made in 2002 and are, respectively, the wills of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and Her late Royal Highness Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon."

Despite details of the safe's existence being publically released, it is unlikely specific details of Prince Philip's final wishes will ever be shared with the public.

The decision follows McFarlane's ruling in September which stated the royal family were entitled to an enhanced level of privacy as a means "to protect the dignity and standing of the public role of the sovereign and other close members of her family".

Queen Elizabeth II pictured with Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, whose will also sits in the royal safe. Photo / Getty Images

The ruling continued to state any applications to see the wills unsealed would only be valid after 90 years and any applications submitted before that time limit would be "highly likely to fail in the absence of a specific, individual or private justification relating to the administration of the deceased's estate."

"In short," the High Court judge, McFarlane added, "the publication of the list is intended to be an end in itself, in order to achieve transparency, and nothing more."

Royal wills included in the safe

1. Prince Francis Joseph Leopold Frederick of Teck.

2. Alexander William George, Duke of Fife.

3. Prince Morris Victor Donald of Battenberg.

4. Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

5. Lord Leopold Louis Mountbatten.

6. Helen Frederica Augusta, Duchess of Albany.

7. Princess Helena Augusta Victoria, Princess Christian.

8. Princess Frederica Sophia Maria Henrietta Amelia Theresa of Great Britain.

9. Princess Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar, Princess Royal.

10. Princess Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary.

11. Queen Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria of Norway.

12. Prince Arthur Frederick Patrick Albert of Connaught.

13. Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll.

14. Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught.

15. Prince George Edward Alexander Edmund, Duke of Kent.

16. Princess Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore of Battenberg.

17. Maud Alexandra Victoria Georgina Berth, Countess of Southesk.

18. Princess Louise Sophia Augusta Amelia Helena.

19. Queen Mary.

20. Princess Franziska Josepha Louise Augusta Maria Christiane.

21. Princess Alexandra Victoria Alberta Edivina Louise, Princess Arthur of Connaught.

22. Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary, Princess Royal.

23. Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.

24. Prince William Henry Andrew Frederick of Gloucester.

25. Prince Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, Duke of Windsor.

26. Lady Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth Ramsay.

27. Prince Henry William Frederick Albert, Duke of Gloucester.

28. Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

29. Princess Mary Victoria Augusta Pauline, Countess of Athlone.

30. Prince Georg Valdemar Carl Axel of Denmark.

31. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

32. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.


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