The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Sussex will be separated for their grandfather’s funeral, who will likely see the queen sitting alone, details released by Buckingham Palace reveal.
Prince William and Prince Harry, whose troubled relationship was further strained by the Sussexes’ controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey, will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips as they walk behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin on Saturday.
The decision, said to be the queen’s, is unlikely to curb speculation of a breakup between the siblings or raise hopes of reconciliation at this emotional time for the family.
Buckingham Palace would not rely on any “perceptions of drama” that the public might draw from the order of the procession, as the older royals first walk behind the coffin, as it is carried by a modified Land Rover, and then back inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. . A spokesperson said: “The arrangements have been agreed and represent Her Majesty’s wishes.”
The palace also confirmed that royals would not wear military uniforms, as is often traditional at a ceremonial royal funeral such as that of the duke, and members of the royal family are entitled to wear the ceremonial uniforms of the honorary military ranks that are they grant them.
The decision was reportedly made to save Harry’s embarrassment, who, having been stripped of his honorary military positions by leaving his royal duties, would be the only high-ranking royal in civilian clothing, despite having performed two tours of Afghanistan.
The decision not to wear a uniform would also quell an internal dispute in the palace over whether the Duke of York should be allowed to wear the uniform of an admiral, a rank to which Andrew, 61, was to be promoted on his 60th birthday. The promotion was postponed following her disastrous Newsnight interview over her friendship with financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
A palace spokesman said: “Members of the royal family will wear a morning coat with medals or a day suit. In other words, members of the royal family will not wear a military uniform. “
Refusing to elaborate on the reasons, the spokesman said: “His Majesty has signed all the arrangements.”
Prince Charles and Princess Anne will lead the family members who walk behind the coffin as it travels from the castle to the chapel within the grounds in an eight-minute procession. Both William and Harry will walk behind Andrew and Prince Edward.
Inside the chapel, as a group of Royal Marines bearers carry the coffin to the catafalque, William will walk alongside Peter Phillips and in front of Harry.
The 30-person congregation will wear masks inside St George’s chapel and will sit 2 meters away from those outside their home or bubble of support. Those walking in procession will put on masks before entering the chapel.
The masked Queen will ride in the Bentley estate at the rear of the ceremonial procession and accompanied by a maid of honor who will then take a seat at the rear of the chapel, away from the quire, where the main congregation will meet. sit.
No seating plan has been published yet. But with the observed social distancing, the Queen is likely feeling lonely.
The mourners will include the duke’s children and grandchildren, as well as relatives on the German side of his family, who have flown to the UK and are in isolation ahead of Saturday’s service. The guests are Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse and Prince Philip of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, two great-nephews and a cousin, who are staying in a house in Ascot.
The Duchess of York, with whom the Duke refused to speak after his separation from Prince Andrew, is not invited.
A choir of four will perform the music chosen by Prince Philip, which has been specially adapted to be performed by a minimum number of choristers. The choir will be located in the nave of the chapel, away from the seated congregation. In accordance with public health guidelines, there will be no congregational singing. As the coffin is lowered into the royal vault at the end of the service, the choir will sing only the national anthem.
Also situated well away from the mourners, the Royal Marines horns will play the last post and the trumpeters will play the bullseye. A lament will be played by an older bagpipe. The horns will also sound “Action Stations,” an announcement from a naval warship that all men must go to their battle stations, at the Duke’s request.
“At its core, it is still a family event. We follow Covid guidelines. There is a limit on who can be invited as a guest and His Majesty wanted to make sure that all branches of the Duke’s family were there and had to make some very difficult decisions about who would be there, ”said a spokesperson.
He added: “His Majesty and the royal family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been thrilled to see and hear so many people sharing fond memories of the Duke in celebration of his life. The tributes received from young and old are truly a testament to the extraordinary life and enduring efforts of His Royal Highness. “
Order of procession to St George’s chapel
The coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Princess Royal – Prince of Wales.
Earl of Wessex – Duke of York
Duke of Sussex – Peter Phillips – Duke of Cambridge.
Admiral Sir Tim Laurence – Earl of Snowdon.
Personal protection officer – private secretary.
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The choice, the choice.
Order of procession inside St George’s chapel
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Dean of Windsor.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, carried by a Royal Marines bearer.
Princess Royal – Prince of Wales.
Earl of Wessex – Duke of York.
Peter Phillips, Duke of Cambridge.
Duke of Sussex – Earl of Snowdon.
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
The mourners arriving by car
The Queen – Travel with the Maid of Honor in the Bentley Estate.
Others: the Duchess of Cornwall; The Countess of Wessex, Viscount of Severn and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor; Duchess of Cambridge; Zara and Mike Tindall; Princess Beatriz and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi; Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank; Lady Sarah and Daniel Chatto; Duke of Gloucester; Duke of Kent; Princess Alexandra; the Crown Prince of Baden; the Landgrave of Hesse; Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
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