Her Majesty The Queen will be forced to sit alone at The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday owing to the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions. The Queen and other members of The Royal Family will have to sit apart and wear face masks, as details of the funeral were announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
The Queen will sit alone in the quire of St George’s Chapel at the service on Saturday 17th April.
To begin proceedings, a procession will begin from the state entrance of Windsor Castle. Senior members of The Royal Family will walk behind Prince Philip’s coffin – which will be placed on a specially modified Land Rover designed by the Duke himself. The procession will take eight minutes to reach St George’s Chapel.
Those walking behind the Land Rover will be The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of Sussex, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Earl of Snowdon and Peter Phillips.
The Duke of Cambridge and his brother, Prince Harry, will not walk side by side and will be separated by their cousin, Peter Phillips.
The procession route will be lined by representatives from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.
The cortege will arrive at the west steps of St George’s Chapel.
Before the service begins, there will be a national one minute silence to remember The Duke of Edinburgh.
On the guest list will only be immediate members of the Royal Family detailed below:
- Her Majesty The Queen
- The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
- Princess Anne and Sir Tim Laurence.
- The Duke of York
- The Earl and Countess of Wessex
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
- The Duke of Sussex.
- Zara and Mike Tindall
- Peter Phillips
- Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
- Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
- Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.
- The Earl of Snowdon
- Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto
- The Duke of Gloucester
- The Duke of Kent
- Princess Alexandra
- Countess Mountbatten of Burma
- Prince Donatus
- Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden.
- Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
The insignia on display at Prince Philip’s funeral was personally chosen by the Duke himself and will include medals conferred on him by the UK and Commonwealth countries, his Royal Air Force Wings and Field Marshal’s baton as well as insignia from Denmark and Greece – Order of the Elephant and Order of the Redeemer.
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