Prince Philip funeral: Where the 30 guests sat in St George's Chapel

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·5-min read

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The Queen had to sit alone as she said goodbye to her husband Prince Philip in a poignant funeral ceremony which was heavily influenced by his naval career and his love of the sea.

Coronavirus guidelines meant the family members had to sit in their household groups during the ceremony, not side by side.

With no one else with her from her bubble, the Queen took a seat at the front of the quire, alone.

The small guest list and the rules around households, meant she was not the only person sitting alone.

Harry, wearing a suit and his medal, including the KCVO Neck Order and Star, Afghanistan Campaign medal, Gold Jubilee medal, and Diamond Jubilee medal, was on his own at the end of the same row as the Queen.

Between them, his uncle Prince Andrew was two seats down from the Queen, also sat alone.

(left to right) Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and the Duke of Sussex during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
The Queen, the Duke of York, Princess Anne, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Prince Harry during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. (PA Images)
Mourners, including, front row, from left, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, the Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cornwall during the Duke of Edinburgh's his funeral at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Back row, from left: the Earl of Snowdon, Mr Peter Phillips, Mr Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall, Mr Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, the Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. Back row, from left: the Earl of Snowdon, Peter Phillips, Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice. (PA Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their heads bowed during the funeral. (PA Images)

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Two seats down from him was Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. Both of them walked in the procession.

On the other side of the quire, Prince Charles and Camilla sat next to each other opposite the Queen.

Next to them, again leaving a two seat gap, was the Wessex family - Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and James, the Viscount Severn.

At one point, the countess was seen pulling down her face covering because of her tears.

Two rows behind Charles sat Prince Andrew's daughter Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Two seats down from them was Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

Two seats down again was Zara Tindall and her husband, former England rugby player Mike Tindall.

(top row, left to right) Zara and Mike Tindall, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie, (front row, left to right) the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
Top row: Zara and Mike Tindall, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie.Front row: The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales. (PA Images)
Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie sat at the back row in the quire. (PA Images)
Members of the Royal family attend the funeral service of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021. - Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, died on April 9 aged 99 just weeks after a month-long stay in hospital for treatment to a heart condition and an infection. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP) (Photo by YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the British Royal family and Philip's German family at his funeral service. (Yui Mok/AFP)

On the other side of the Tindalls was Zara's older brother Peter Phillips. He also had to sit alone, as the only person from his household.

The Earl of Snowdon – the eldest child of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret – was further along the same row. He too was alone.

Both Phillips and Earl Snowdon have split from their wives in recent years.

His sister Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband Daniel were next to him with social distancing.

They were sat by the Duke of Edinburgh's German relatives, who were invited to come to the UK to be part of the commemorations to the prince.

They included Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden – the grandson of Philip’s second sister Theodora.

Two rows in front was Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, the grandson of the duke’s elder sister Princess Margarita.

Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
The Queen was in a row with the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. (PA Images)
The Duke of Sussex during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
The Duke of Sussex had to sit alone as his wife could not come to the UK for the funeral. (PA Images)
The Earl of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, the Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
The Earl of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, the Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor were the biggest group sat together in the ceremony. (PA Images)

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Opposite was Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, head of the house of Hesse into which Philip’s younger sister Cecile and Sophie married.

Two rows behind Donatus was the only friend of the duke who was able to be invited - Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

Penny Knatchbull was a close friend of Philip, sharing a love of carriage riding with him, and was a frequent visitor when he retired to Wood Farm.

Behind the Queen and along the row from the countess were the Queen's three cousins, all sat two seats apart. Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester, were all in attendance.

Had the funeral not been held during the coronavirus pandemic, it was expected some 800 guests would have been invited.

But a smaller scale ceremony is likely to have pleased the duke in some ways - who was known not to like a fuss.

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