Buckingham Palace revealed the procedures and names of the 30 guests invited to the funeral of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, who passed away last week.
Prince Philip died last Saturday, at the age of 99, and his funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, west London, on Saturday.
The arrangements for the funeral had been in operation for many years, but the memorial service had to be canceled in light of the Corona epidemic, and the mourners’ group would consist only of relatives and close friends.
Prince William and Harry will meet to walk behind the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh with their father, Charles and other members of the royal family, as part of a private procession before the funeral ceremony on Saturday, but they will be separated during the march, and will not be next to each other.
This will be the first meeting between William and Harry, since the controversial interview of Prince Harry and his wife Megan with the American media Oprah Winfrey, in which Harry attacked the royal family and their hostility to him and Meghan.
According to the “Daily Mail”, their cousin, Peter Phillips, will stand between Harry and William during their march in the procession before the funeral, which will separate them from each other during the expected procession.
And when the coffin is transferred to the church, William will step ahead of his brother as the royal family arrives in pairs.
Officials confirmed that royal men would wear long formal coats with their medals, and that women would wear morning dresses.
This came after the Queen agreed to a last-minute move to present a united family front, amid fears that Harry would be the only prince who does not wear a military uniform during the funeral, which will spark negative rumors.
While the Queen will not participate in the procession before the funeral, Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne will follow a specially modified Land Rover that will transport the Duke’s coffin to the chapel. The journey is expected to take approximately 8 minutes.
The Queen, like all 30 guests invited to the funeral, will wear a sanitary mask, and will sit alone in the yard of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, with all mourners following Corona virus prevention guidelines.