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Queen ‘bearing up well’ as she prepares to say goodbye to Philip at funeral

The Queen is said to be “bearing up well” as she prepares for a poignant last goodbye to her late husband Prince Philip.

As she continued to oversee the final preparations for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, the 94-year-old monarch was reportedly due to pick an outfit with her confidante and dresser Angela Kelly and get a haircut on Friday.

Due to England’s Covid lockdown, the Queen is planning a scaled-back send-off for the duke, who died aged 99 on April 9.

Accompanied by a lady-in-waiting, she will pause for a moment to look at Philip’s coffin at the start of an eight-minute procession before Saturday’s funeral at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The Queen will sit alone during the socially-distanced service, which will have only 30 mourners due to coronavirus restrictions, and wear a face mask throughout, even when she isn’t in the chapel.

The Queen and Prince Philip during "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for her 90th birthday
The Queen (with Prince Philip in 2016) has been overseeing final preparations for this funeral

A source told MailOnline that the Queen was “bearing up well” amid her grief and having to intervene in a row over what her children and grandchildren would wear to the funeral.

The source said: “Final preparations are going on today and she is in control.”

It is said that she would confirm her outfit with Ms Kelly and get a haircut on Friday afternoon, 24 hours before the service is watched by millions on TV and online streams.

The source added: “The Queen will be relying heavily on Angela Kelly for support today. And she is going to be visited by her hairdresser Ian Carmichael’.”

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The Queen addressed the nation on the eve of her mother’s funeral in 2002 to thank the country for their support and the love and honour shown to the 101-year-old.

In a televised address, the monarch said she had been deeply moved by the outpouring of affection and the overwhelming numbers of people paying their respects since the Queen Mother’s death.

It is not clear whether the Queen will deliver an address to the nation ahead of Saturday’s service.

A palace spokesman said the Queen and her family are “grateful” for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been “touched” to hear so many people – both young and old – sharing fond memories of the duke.

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Details of the duke’s funeral were released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Feuding brothers William and Harry will not walk side by side in the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral procession.

The siblings will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips when the trio walk in a line behind their grandfather’s coffin to the chapel.

The future king will also be one step ahead of his brother when the coffin is taken into the chapel, moving ahead of Harry as the Royal Family, including their father Prince Charles, go forward in pairs.

Peter Phillips, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend 'The Patron's Lunch' celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday
Princes William and Harry with their cousin Peter Phillips in 2016

Harry has spoken in the past about how he and William are on “different paths” and have good and bad days in their relationship.

Their brotherly bond was put under further strain after Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey where they accused a Royal Family member of racism, something William strongly denied.

Asked whether arrangements for the procession reflected the royal siblings’ relationship, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “This is a funeral, we’re not going to be drawn into those perceptions of drama, or anything like that, this is a funeral.

“The arrangements have been agreed, and they represent Her Majesty’s wishes, so we’re not going to say anything more on that.”

The palace has confirmed the Queen, like all the 30 guests invited to the service, will wear a face mask during the funeral which will last 50 minutes.

A palace spokesman said the monarch had to make “difficult decisions about who would be there” due to Covid restrictions limiting mourners.

The Queen will be sitting by herself in the Quire of St George’s Chapel, with all mourners following Covid guidelines and remaining socially distanced, but for the short car journey to the place of worship from the Castle she will be joined by a lady-in-waiting.

Philip was the guiding force behind his funeral arrangements and reflecting his life-long association with the Royal Navy, Buglers of the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations during the service at the duke’s request.

It is played on a warship to signal all hands should go to battle stations and is sometimes featured at funerals of naval men.

A reduced choir of just four singers will feature during the service and the guests will follow Covid rules and not sing.

Among the guests are all of the duke’s children and grandchildren and their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret and three of Philip’s German relatives, the Hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Also invited is a close friend of the duke, Countess Mountbatten of Burma – Penelope “Penny” Knatchbull, previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne – who was Philip’s carriage driving partner.

The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery prepares for Prince Philip's funeral at Windsor Castle
The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery prepares for Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle

The funeral will be the highest profile royal event the Duke of York has attended since he stepped down from public duties in 2019 following his disastrous Newsnight interview about his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that royal men will wear morning coats with their medals while the women will wear day dresses.

The Buckingham Palace spokesman stressed the duke’s funeral will “at its heart” be a “family event”.

He said: “We are following the Covid guidelines, there (is) a limit on who could be invited as a guest and Her Majesty wanted to ensure that all branches of the duke’s family were there, and had to make – I think fair to say – difficult decisions about who would be there.”

BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards will lead nearly six hours of coverage broadcast from Windsor across three programmes on Friday and Saturday, while ITV News’ funeral coverage on Saturday will be led by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham.

During the funeral service, which will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor David Conner, the duke’s coffin will be lowered into the royal vault in front of the guests.



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