Queen to sit alone and wear a face mask throughout Prince Philip's funeral
The Queen is driven to the chapel in a State Bentley with a waiting lady - Steve Reigate / Pool via Reuters
The Queen will sit alone during the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service and wear a mask throughout, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The 94-year-old monarch cannot be comforted during the 50-minute ceremony as the royal family adheres to strict Covid guidelines.
Therefore, all 30 mourners who were invited to the service on Saturday at St. George's Chapel sit two meters away from anyone who is not part of their own household in the Quire.
The Queen will be driven to the chapel in a State Bentley with a lady waiting, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said. Your vehicle will travel up the back of the procession that will follow the Duke's coffin on foot as it is carried aboard a specially designed Land Rover hearse in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
It is not yet known which waiting lady will accompany the Queen, but Lady Pamela Hicks, 91, a first cousin of the Duke, could be seen as a way of allowing her to be part of the occasion. Lady Pamela is no longer an official waiting lady, but has stood by the monarch's side for decades and was the bridesmaid at her wedding in 1947.
When she heard of the Duke's death last Friday, she said, "A unique man in every way. There was no one like him."
Funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh - Processional Route
Ladies currently waiting include Lady Susan Hussey, Susan Rhodes and Lady Elizabeth Leeming, Mary Morrison and Fortune FitzRoy, the Duchess of Grafton.
Ms. Rhodes is married to Simon Rhodes, the son of Margaret Rhodes, who died in 2016 at the age of 91 and was one of the Queen's closest confidants and ladies.
The Queen's vehicle leaves the Sovereign's entrance at Windsor Castle at 2:44 p.m. while the national anthem is played.
When it reaches the rear of the procession, it is stopped briefly while the front of the procession rotates in the direction of travel. The monarch and her waiting lady will then follow behind the procession.
When it arrives at the chapel, the State Bentley will stop in front of the Galilee Porch, where the Queen will be received by the Dean of Windsor, who will then take all participants inside.
Funeral of Prince Philip 2
Your waiting lady, as well as other staff, including the Duke's private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, will be listening to the service from a different part of the chapel and not part of the official congregation.
The law stipulates that people attending a funeral must be at least two meters away from people who do not belong to their household.
This means that other members of the royal family who will have to sit alone and two meters away from others during the service, the Duke of Sussex, who does not live with other people attending the ceremony, and his cousin Peter Phillips, who are attending will be without his estranged wife Autumn.
Others, like the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will sit together as couples but two meters from other mourners.
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