Prince Philip’s funeral will take place on Saturday with just 30 guests because of coronavirus restrictions.
The full list of mourners to attend the funeral for Duke of Edinburgh, who died last week at the age of 99, has been announced, as the royal family contends with heavily downscaled plans to meet coronavirus rules.
Only 30 people will be allowed to attend the service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, which takes place from 3 pm on Saturday.
Buckingham Palace said the Queen faced “some very difficult” decisions as she selected the 30 permitted guests from the original 800-strong congregation that was planned, and had tried to ensure all branches of the duke’s family were there.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will lead the service, and pallbearers will carry the coffin. They are not included in the 30 guests rule.
The Queen will be accompanied to her late husband’s funeral in the state Bentley by a lady-in-waiting, which will set off at 2:44 pm. The vehicle will form part of the procession making its way to the chapel on Saturday afternoon.
While the Queen will be joined by her trusted companion on her way to the service, she will sit by herself in the quire of the chapel, with all mourners following Covid-19 guidelines and remaining socially distanced.
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. “
The nation will fall silent, as will many other Commonwealth nations, at 3 pm in memory of the Duke.
The full list
1. The Queen
2. The Prince of Wales
3. The Duchess of Cornwall
4. The Duke of Cambridge
5. The Duchess of Cambridge
6. The Duke of Sussex
7. The Duke of York
8. Princess Beatrice
9. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
10. Princess Eugenie
11. Jack Brooksbank
12. The Earl of Wessex
13. The Countess of Wessex
14. Lady Louise Windsor
15. Viscount Severn
16. The Princess Royal
17. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
18. Peter Phillips
19. Zara Phillips
20. Mike Tindall
21. Earl of Snowdon
22. Lady Sarah Chatto
23. Daniel Chatto
24. Duke of Gloucester
25. Duke of Kent
26. Princess Alexandra
27. Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden
28. Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
29. Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
30. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma
The Duke’s funeral will be broadcast across radio and TV on the BBC from 12:30 pm and on ITV from 1:15 pm.