The Queen will likely sit on her own during the funeral of her husband Prince Philip because of strict Covid rules, it has been reported.
On Saturday only a handful of mourners from the Royal Family will be permitted to attend the event at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Because of laws in place to battle the spread of coronavirus anyone attending a funeral must stay at least two metres apart from anyone not in the same household.
Under government guidance which changed from Monday funeral ceremonies must have no more than 30 people attending, whether indoors or outdoors.
This number does not include anyone working at the event.
Attendees on Saturday will have to spread out to observe social distancing.
The Telegraph reports that royal sources said the Queen would be alone at the funeral service unless a member of the Windsor bubble joins her.
She can’t form a support bubble with another member of her family as she doesn’t live on her own.
The couple had been attended to by a reduced household of around 20 staff in what was dubbed HMS Bubble before Prince Philip’s death.
The only person who could sit with her during the funeral is reported to be Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, Philip’s private secretary.
The Queen and other members of the Royal family will also, as is required by law, need to wear face coverings during the ceremony, and won’t be allowed to sing.
A spokesperson from Buckingham Palace was reported to have said precise details of the funeral service will be disclosed on Thursday but the service ‘will be Covid compliant.’
The Queen has already signed off on the plans for her husband Prince Philip’s funeral.
All public elements have been cancelled, although the ceremony will be televised and there will also be a national minute of silence at 3pm.