Kate to arrive alone to Prince Philip’s funeral as William takes part in procession

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also among the 30 confirmed guests to Philip’s funeral, although they will travel separately. William will be part of the procession bringing the duke’s body to St George’s Chapel, while Kate will depart from Windsor Castle.

William will also walk one step ahead of his brother Harry when the coffin is taken into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, moving ahead of Harry as the royal family including the Prince of Wales process in pairs.

Details of the duke’s funeral were released by Buckingham Palace after Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall made an emotional visit to Marlborough House in central London to see floral tributes for Philip moved from the palace gates.

The couple spent some time looking at the cards and notes with the flowers, which had words of support including one which read: “HRH A True Gentleman.

“Thank you for your devoted service to our country.

“We shall miss you.”

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the Queen, like all the 30 guests invited to the service, will wear a face mask during the funeral.

A palace spokesman said the monarch had to make “difficult decisions about who would be there” due to Covid restrictions limiting mourners.

The Queen will be sitting by herself in the quire of St George’s Chapel, with all mourners following Covid guidelines and remaining socially distanced, but for the short car journey to the place of worship from the Castle she will be joined by a lady-in-waiting.

Philip was the guiding force behind his funeral arrangements and reflecting his life-long association with the Royal Navy, Buglers of the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations during the service at the duke’s request.

It is played on a warship to signal all hands should go to battle stations and is sometimes featured at funerals of naval men.

A reduced choir of just four singers will feature during the service and the guests will follow Covid rules and not sing.

Among the guests are all of the duke’s children and grandchildren and their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret and three of Philip’s German relatives, the Hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

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Also invited is a close friend of the duke, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, Penny who was Philip’s carriage driving partner.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that royal men will wear morning coats with their medals while the women will wear day dresses.

 

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