Prince Philip's funeral full seating plan revealed as Queen and Charles head up chapel

THE full seating plan for Prince Philip's funeral has been revealed.

All 30 mourners have been carefully spaced out in St George's Chapel, with the Queen and Prince Charles heading up the group.

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The Monarch and her eldest son are nearest Prince Philip's coffin, facing each other on opposite sides of the chapel.

The Queen has chosen to sit alone as she bids a poignant farewell to her husband of more than 70 years.

Harry is on the same side of the chapel as the Queen – but they are separated by Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

All the 30 mourners in the chapel have been kept in their bubbles, with space left between each group or single person for Covid safety.

It comes as:

  • Harry and William will be reunited before the funeral for the first time in a year
  • Meghan Markle is going to watch the service on a live stream from the US
  • The funeral will be scaled-back due to Covid but the duke's personality is peppered throughout
  • The full route his coffin will take on his final journey has been revealed
  • A ring of steel has been placed around Windsor as cops search drains and comb the river 
  • Senior royals including Prince William have started arriving at Windsor Castle 

The Queen appears to be in the same spot she sat in for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have been placed opposite the Queen – so she will be able to see them beyond her husband's coffin.

Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, are behind Charles and Camilla at the altar end of the chapel.

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Two spots down from them are Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, who are behind the Wessex family.

Behind Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, with Peter Phillips two seats away.

Nearer to the back of the chapel are the rest of the mourners, equally spaced out.

These include the Earl of Snowdon, the Duke of Kent, the Duke of Gloucester and the Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

Proceedings started at 11am today when Philip's coffin was moved from the private chapel to the Inner Hall of Windsor Castle.

His casket is covered with his personal standard along with his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers.

The coffin was moved by the Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, where Philip was a colonel for 42 years.

The service began with a ceremonial procession, setting off from the state entrance at 2.45pm with the Prince of Wales and members of Royal Family following on foot behind Philip's coffin.

A national minute's silence took place at 3pm before the 50-minute service honouring Philip's 70-plus years of duty to the Queen and country begins.

Buglers from the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations to reflect Philip's life-long association with the Royal Navy.

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

The poignant ceremony will end with his body being taken to lie in the Royal Vault within St George’s chapel, where he will wait to be reunited with his beloved Queen.

Prince Philip died last Friday at Windsor Castle, with the Queen said to be by his side.

In keeping with his character over the last few months, the Duke got his dying wish of a small “no-fuss” funeral, largely due to ongoing Covid restrictions.





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