The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex will not walk shoulder to shoulder when participating with high-ranking kings in the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral procession.
William and Harry, whose troubled relationship is well documented, are separated from cousin Peter Phillips when they walk in a row behind their grandfather’s coffin on Saturday.
When the coffin is taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, William will precede his brother when the royal family arrives in pairs.
Details of Philip’s funeral have been released by Buckingham Palace and it has been confirmed that the Queen will wear a face mask, like all 30 guests invited to the service.
She will sit alone in the distress of St. George’s Chapel, with all mourners following Covid’s guidelines and remaining socially distant.
Philip was the driving force behind his funeral arrangements, and due to his lifelong association with the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines trumpeters will sound action stations during the service.
It is played on a warship to signal that all hands should go to battle stations and is sometimes shown at funerals of naval men.
A reduced choir of four singers will perform during the service and the guests will follow the Covid rules and not sing.
Among the guests are the Duchess of Cornwall, all of the Duke’s grandchildren and their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and three German relatives of Philip – Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp von Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Also invited is a close friend of the Duke, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, formerly known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, who was Philip’s partner for carriage rides and one of his closest friends.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that royal men will wear dressing gowns with their medals and women will wear day dresses.