Lady-in-waiting will accompany Queen to Prince Philip's funeral

The Queen is accompanied by a woman waiting to her husband’s funeral in Bentley State, but is sitting alone in St. George’s Chapel.

The vehicle will be part of the procession that goes to the chapel on Saturday afternoon.

While the Queen is accompanied by her trusted companion on the way to the service, she will sit alone in the chapel, with all mourners following the guidelines of Covid-19 and remaining socially distant.

The waiting lady will not be on the list and will not be counted on the guest list of 30.

The procession to the chapel is led by the gang of Grenadier Guards, followed by the major general in charge of the household department, chiefs of service, the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin carried on a custom-made Land Rover hearse, members of the royal family on foot, Philip Housekeeping and finally the Bentley that carries the Queen.

The palace has not said which waiting lady will accompany the queen in the vehicle.

The Queen’s waiting ladies, personally chosen by the monarch, have a variety of duties, including overseeing the Queen’s private and personal affairs and handling her correspondence.

This includes her waiting senior Lady Susan Hussey, who was married to the late BBC Chairman Marmaduke Hussey.

The Queen’s waiting ladies were also part of the HMS Bubble – the name given to the reduced selection of around 20 staff who looked after the Queen in Windsor during the lockdown.

Some of the waiting ladies have been with the queen for more than 50 years, serving as both friends and loyal assistants. Your discretion and assistance will be invaluable.

Details of Philip’s funeral have been released by Buckingham Palace and it has been confirmed that the Queen – like all 30 guests invited to the service – will wear a face mask in the car and in the chapel.

The Queen will be leaving the Entrance of the Sovereign in Bentley State at 2:44 p.m., accompanied by a waiting lady.


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