THE PLAN for Prince Philip’s funeral has been revised by Covid, with strict rules that the Queen Her Majesty and 29 other event attendees will have to follow.
What are the Covid rules for Prince Philip’s funeral?
Experts believe updated government regulations will make Saturday’s seeing off the Duke of Edinburgh “the lightest royal funeral ever”.
Updated instructions published this week prohibit general singing.
It states: “If the event is going on indoors, avoid singing, screaming, chanting and raising your voice.”
Allow “a single group of singers” such as a choir but to be “as little as possible” while having social differences.
Failure to wear a mask without valid exemption is also against the law.
Will the Royal Family be subject to Covid’s rules?
Details are still being finalized, but Palace sources confirmed Living principles will be followed at the ceremony inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Funeral visitors should also be at least two meters away from others outside of their family bubble.
This means brothers William and Harry can be separated as they lined up with the rest of the family behind Philip’s coffin.
Prince Harry is isolating himself at Frogmore Cottage after arriving at Heathrow on Sunday following the death of his grandfather at the age of 99.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said: “It would be very strange to see them wearing masks and away from society but these are the rules.
“I’m sure Philip said, ‘Sorry guys, but this will be the most discreet royal funeral ever’, and I’m sure that’s exactly what he wanted.”
How has Covid changed Prince Philip’s funeral plans?
Only 30 people will be allowed to attend the duke’s funeral on Saturday, April 17, due to difficult coronavirus restrictions.
And while there will be close family members attending the ceremony, it is likely that Prince Philip’s great-grandchildren, all under 10 years old, will be at home.
It is certain that The Queen’s four children will attend with their four spouses – Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles; Princess Anne and Vice Adm. Sir Timothy Laurence; Prince Andrew; and Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex.
Prince Philip’s eight grandchildren also likely to be cast as a funeral guest – Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.
Social distance restrictions will apply and all attendees will wear masks.
Royal biographer Penny Junor added: “I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this before – and not going to happen again.
“However, if it is important, it is not allowed to hold special funerals.
“Last year, a lot of people lost loved ones and they had to abide by funeral restrictions.
“The Royal Family is deeply aware of what British people have gone through and will want to show their solidarity.”
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Do these regulations affect public senders?
It’s correct. Philip’s funeral plan was largely modified to account for Covid’s restrictions – and the public was not allowed to attend.
Police have beefed up security ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral – with additional armed police patrols and specialist searches carried out.
Among the security measures were more armed police and uniformed officers patrolling in the historic town leading up to the event.
Police guns were seen on Long Walk today as the public came to pay homage to Philip after his death at the age of 99.