The Queen WILL be joined by a lady-in-waiting as she travels in the state Bentley to Prince Philip’s funeral but will sit alone in St George’s Chapel
- Queen will be accompanied to her husband’s funeral by a lady-in-waiting
- Monarch will leave Windsor Castle in state Bentley to get to St George’s chapel
- Lady-in-waiting will not sit with her in the chapel and Queen will sit by herself in the quire with all mourners remaining socially distanced
The Queen will be accompanied to her husband’s funeral by a lady-in-waiting on Saturday, Buckingham Palace has revealed.
It’s not clear which of the 94-year-old monarch’s assistants will accompany her on the journey from Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel, but the lady-in-waiting will not enter the funeral of Prince Philip due to the restricted guest list of 30 people.
Her Majesty will depart from the Sovereign’s Entrance of her Berkshire home in the state Bentley and will wear a face mask once inside the chapel in line with Covid-19 guidelines.
The Queen will be accompanied to her husband’s funeral by a lady-in-waiting on Saturday, Buckingham Palace has revealed. She is pictured with Lady in Waiting Mary Morrison in 2016
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (centre) flanked by Mistress of the Robes, Fortune FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton (right) and Lady Susan Hussey (left) in 2019 at the opening of Parliament. The two women are the Queen’s senior lady-in-waitings
She will sit by herself in the quire of St George’s Chapel, with all mourners following guidelines and remaining socially distanced.
Leading the procession to the chapel will be the Band of the Grenadier Guards, followed by the Major General commanding the Household Division, service chiefs, the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin borne on a custom-built Land Rover hearse, members of the royal family on foot, Philip’s household staff, and finally the Bentley carrying the Queen.
The Palace has not said which lady-in-waiting will accompany the Queen in the vehicle.
The Queen’s ladies-in-waiting, personally chosen by the monarch, have a variety of duties including attending to private and personal matters for the Queen and handling her correspondence.
The Queen’s ladies-in-waiting, personally chosen by the monarch, have a variety of duties including attending to private and personal matters for the Queen and handling her correspondence. They include her senior lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, who was married to the late BBC chairman Marmaduke Hussey
Prince Philip passed away aged 99 at Windsor Castle on Friday. He is pictured in 2016 with the Queen during her 90th birthday celebrations
FULL GUEST LIST FOR THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S FUNERAL
1. The Queen
2. The Prince of Wales
3. The Duchess of Cornwall
4. The Duke of Cambridge
5. The Duchess of Cambridge
6. The Duke of Sussex
7. The Duke of York
8. Princess Beatrice
9. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
10. Princess Eugenie
11. Jack Brooksbank
12. The Earl of Wessex
13. The Countess of Wessex
14. Lady Louise Windsor
15. Viscount Severn
16. The Princess Royal
17. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
18. Peter Phillips
19. Zara Phillips
20. Mike Tindall
21. Earl of Snowdon
22. Lady Sarah Chatto
23. Daniel Chatto
24. Duke of Gloucester
25. Duke of Kent
26. Princess Alexandra
27. Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden
28. Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
29. Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
30. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma
They include her senior lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, who was married to the late BBC chairman Marmaduke Hussey.
The Queen’s ladies-in-waiting have also been part of HMS Bubble – the name given to the reduced selection of around 20 staff attending to the Queen at Windsor during lockdown.
Some of the ladies-in-waiting have been with the Queen for more than 50 years and act as both friends and loyal assistants, and their discretion and support will be invaluable.
Details of Philip’s funeral have been released by Buckingham Palace and it has been confirmed the Queen – like all 30 guests invited to the service – will wear a facemask in the car and in the chapel.
The Queen will depart the Sovereign’s Entrance in the state Bentley accompanied by a lady-in-waiting at 2.44pm.
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.
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 four singers will feature during the service and the guests will follow Covid rules and not sing.
Among the guests are the Duchess of Cornwall, all of the duke’s grandchildren and their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, and three of Philip’s German relatives – Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Also invited is a close friend of the duke, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, who was Philip’s carriage driving partner and one of his closest friends.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that royal men will wear morning coats with their medals and the women will wear day dresses.
Susan Rhodes (Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth II) and Queen Elizabeth II watch from a balcony of The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office during the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 8, 2020
Who are the Queen’s Ladies-in-Waiting?
The Ladies-in-Waiting are personally chosen by The Queen.
Ann Fortune FitzRoy, Dowager Duchess of Grafton.
The Senior Lady-in-Waiting is Mistress of the Robes, Ann Fortune FitzRoy, Dowager Duchess of Grafton.
The 101-year-old widow, known as ‘Fortune’ is unlikely to be joining the monarch due to her age.
Lady Susan Hussey
Lady Susan Hussey, 82, also acts as a senior Lady-in-waiting to the Queen. She is the is the fifth and youngest daughter of Geoffrey Waldegrave, 12th Earl Waldegrave and Mary Hermione, Countess Waldegrave, and was married to the late BBC chairman Marmaduke Hussey.
The other Ladies-in-Waiting are: –
Susan Rhodes was appointed as an Extra Lady-in-Waiting in 2017 alongside Lady Elizabeth Leeming.
She is believed to be part of the HMS bubble and joined Her Majesty at the Centotpah in November 2020.
Mrs Rhodes is married to Simon Rhodes, the son of the late Margaret Rhodes.
Lady Elizabeth Leeming
Lady Elizabeth Leeming, The Queen’s first cousin once remove was appointed a lady-in-waiting in 2017.
She is the daughter of the 17th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne, Fergus Michael Claude and Mary Pamela McCorquodale.
Virginia Ogilvy, Countess of Airlie, 88.
She was born in the New Jersey and is the daughter of John Barry Ryan Jr., and Margaret Kahn and is married to David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie.
She has joined the Queen on trips to the US and met President and Barbara Bush at The White House.
The Hon Mary Morrison, 84.
She is the daughter of John Morrison, 1st Baron Margadale and Margaret, Lady Margadale (née Smith). Her father and brothers were active as politicians of the Conservative Party.
Richenda Elton, The Lady Elton, 84.
She is married to Rodney Elton, 2nd Baron Elton, a former Conservative member of the House of Lords
The Hon Mrs Whitehead, Annabel Whitehead, 78
Previously a lady in-waiting to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. Since her death in 2002, she has held the office of Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth II
Mrs Michael Gordon Lennox, also known as Jennifer Gibbs
A former lady-in-waiting to the Queen mother
Mrs Robert de Pass, Phillipa de Pass
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