The Queen and guests to sit apart and wear masks throughout funeral service

The Queen, members of the royal family and guests at Prince Philip’s funeral will all have to sit apart and wear face masks, as details of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral were announced by Buckingham Palace.

The plans for the Duke’s funeral have had to be dramatically scaled back owing to the coronavirus pandemic and only 30 people will be able to attend on Saturday.

Prince Philip’s passed away at the age of 99 on Friday, and was the longest-serving consort in British history. 

Details of the funeral, which will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday, have been released by Buckingham Palace.

It has been confirmed the Queen – like all 30 guests invited to the service – will have to wear a facemask and all guests will sit apart in the chapel, as coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

The monarch will sit by herself in the quire of St George’s Chapel, and will not be able to be comforted by senior royals as she remembers her late husband due to social distancing measures.