Queen to sit alone at Prince Philip's funeral as full guest list revealed

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The Queen will sit alone during the funeral for her late husband, Prince Philip, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

However she will be accompanied by a lady-in-waiting in the car to and from St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday, 17 April.

There was speculation earlier this week that she would have to sit on her own because the smaller guest list means no one from her household is attending the ceremony.

As well as sitting alone in the quire of the chapel, the Queen will have a face covering on throughout the ceremony.

All 30 mourners will have to wear coverings throughout to be COVID compliant.

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony in London's Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior, in Britain November 4, 2020. Picture taken November 4, 2020. Aaron Chown/Pool via REUTERS     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The Queen at a ceremony in London's Westminster Abbey in November 2020. She will have a face covering on during the funeral. (Pool via Reuters)

Who is attending the funeral?

The mourners include Prince Harry, Prince William and his wife Kate, and the four children of the Queen and the duke, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

The duke's other grandchildren and some of their spouses will be there - including Peter Phillips, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, and Zara and Mike Tindall.

Jack Brooksbank and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, married to Eugenie and Beatrice respectively will attend.

Watch: Duke of Edinburgh funeral procession rehearsal under way in Windsor

All attendees will have to sit in their household groups, which means there will be many people sitting on their own.

Harry has had to fly over to the UK without his wife, Meghan Markle, so will be alone.

Phillips recently divorced his wife Autumn, and will be there alone.

Several of the Queen's cousins have been invited but without their spouses, including the Dukes of Kent and Gloucester. Princess Alexandra will also be alone, as she is a widow.

There will also be three members of Philip's German family, Prince Phillipp, Prince Donatus and Prince Bernhard.

Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Penny Knatchbull, has been invited.

The Queen also avoided rows over military uniform by deciding no one would follow that dress code, instead opting for men to wear morning suits and women to wear day dresses.

Prince Harry (left), Duke of Cambridge and Peter Phillips after the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the royal estate in Sandringham, Norfolk.   (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Prince William will be separated by Peter Phillips, here with them on the royal estate in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Joe Giddens/PA Images)

It was reported Prince Andrew had wanted to wear an admiral uniform, a rank he has not officially received as he deferred the honour on his 60th birthday because of the fallout from the interview he did on BBC Newsnight about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. 

Prince Harry would have not been able to wear a uniform because he was stripped of his honorary military positions when he formally stepped back from his royal duties in February 2021.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "At its heart it is still a family event.

"We are following the COVID guidelines. There was a limit on who could be invited as a guest and Her Majesty wanted to ensure that all branches of the duke’s family were there, and had to make some very difficult decisions about who would be there.

"For those that unfortunately can’t be there, I’m sure they will be making their own private arrangements about how they commemorate the duke, and indeed celebrate the duke."

How will the day unfold? 

The funeral will begin with a procession at 2.40pm which will go through the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The coffin will be in a Land Rover designed by Prince Philip. It will be followed by Prince William and Prince Harry, who will not be walking next to each other, but will be split up by their cousin Peter Phillips.

Also in the procession are the duke's four children - Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.

Prince William will be ahead of his brother, with Phillips behind him and then Harry making up the trio. 

The procession will take eight minutes, ending up at the West Steps of the Chapel by 2.53pm.

The ceremony will begin at 3pm with a national minute's silence. Full details of the order of service are to be released later in the week, but there will be a small choir of four singers.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is to lead the service.

Live coverage will be shown on BBC, ITV, and on Yahoo.

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