This is why the Queen sat on her own

All guests who are not members of the same household were required to sit around 2 meters apart.

The Queen and the late Prince Philip had been in a bubble with some members of their household for the last year and so the monarch was not eligible to join a support bubble with other members of her family.

Queen Elizabeth bids farewell to Prince Philip at intimate funeral

Queen Elizabeth bids farewell to Prince Philip at intimate funeral

The Queen and Philip had been married for 73 years, and the prince, who died last Friday at the age of 99, was the nation’s longest-serving consort — the name used to describe the spouse of a reigning monarch.

The Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge sat opposite one another in St. George’s Chapel, with William sat beside his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, during the service. Prince Harry also sat alone.

The ceremony started in St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle at 3:00 p.m. (10 a.m. ET).

While the service is muted affair, by royal standards, Philip was intimately involved in its planning, selecting the music and ensuring the ceremony reflects his military affiliations and personal interests. Some 30 people made up the congregation at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral service as the memorial service has had to be stripped back in light of the pandemic.

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