Queen to sit away from members of the Royal Family at Prince Philip’s funeral

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In line with coronavirus guidelines, the Monarch and the rest of the Royal Family will be organised into household bubbles when they attend Saturday’s ceremony in St George’s Chapel. The only person who would be allowed to sit next to Her Majesty under the current guidance would be a royal household member of staff.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, is expected to attend the service.

He would be able to sit with the Queen as he is part of her household bubble.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Royal Family will abide by coronavirus rules throughout the ceremony.

He said: “We have made it very clear that the service will be Covid compliant.”

Andy Langford, clinical director of the charity Cruse Bereavement Care, of which the Queen is royal patron told Telegraph: “The Queen may be standing alone, but there is a difference between being alone and feeling isolated, and the important thing is that you can have people you can reach out to.

“It’s also about being fully informed in advance about how the ceremony will take place.

“We advise people that yes, the funeral itself is important, but the time before and the time after are really critical.”

Final details about Prince Philip’s funeral have emerged.

On Tuesday it was revealed that Philip will be laid to rest in a lead-lined English oak coffin designed more than 30 years ago.

Members of the Royal Family are often laid to rest in lead-lined coffins – because they keep out moisture and preserve the remains for longer.

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