Covid restrictions will have a huge impact on the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Prince Philip’s funeral will be very different from services for members of the royal family before him.
The ceremonial royal funeral will take place on Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The royal household and military work around the clock to make sure everything is ready for the historic occasion.
However, Buckingham Palace said the queen was facing “some very difficult” decisions as she selected the limited number of guests to attend and tried to ensure that all branches of the duke’s family were there.
A gathering of 30 people will attend the funeral, the maximum number of guests allowed under the government’s Covid-19 regulations.
You will have to sit in the chapel in The Quire and wear face masks.
The guidelines state that face covering is required by law when visiting indoor places of worship, crematoria, and burial chapels.
The funeral was originally planned for 800 guests a long time ago – but organizers had to take into account the strict number limits during the pandemic.
The Queen is accompanied by a woman waiting for the funeral in Bentley State.
She will be sitting alone in St. George’s Chapel.
The Queen lives in Windsor with around 20 employees, called HMS Bubble, and therefore cannot form a support bubble with another household.
She will sit in the chapel alone.
All mourners must follow Covid-19 guidelines and stay socially distant.
Couples in a household, such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, can sit together.
A small choir of four will sing music chosen by Philip and be in the nave away from the seated guests who will not be singing along.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “At its core, it is still a family event.
“We follow the Covid guidelines.
“There was a limit to who could be invited and Her Majesty wanted to make sure all branches of the Duke’s family were there and had to make some very difficult decisions about who would be there.
“For those who unfortunately cannot be there, I am sure that they will make their own private arrangements as to how to commemorate the Duke and actually celebrate the Duke.”