Guest list for Prince Philip's funeral reveals lonely service for mourning Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II will cut a lonely figure during Prince Philip's funeral, the guest list has revealed.

The monarch will have to sit apart from her family as the 30 guests will be socially distanced throughout St George's Chapel. 

Plans for the service also show Princes William and Harry will not walk side-by-side behind their grandfather's coffin. 

The cavalry arrived at Windsor Castle for a final dress rehearsal before this weekend's royal farewell.

In the paddocks behind them, soldiers and other troops were spotted in formation, practising for the scaled-back funeral - but still one with many of the regal trimmings. 

The duke's modified Land Rover made a debut, the vehicle that will carry his coffin in a precisely-timed final journey. 

At 2:41pm (1:41am NZ time), the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin will emerge from the state entrance of Windsor Castle. 

At 2:44pm, the Queen will join by car. The procession steps off at 2:45pm.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II were married for 73 years.
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II were married for 73 years. Photo credit: Getty Images

Nine members of Prince Philip's family will walk behind it. Princes William and Harry will not walk side-by-side, with Princess Anne's son Peter Philips between them. 

Eight minutes later, the procession will arrive at St George's Chapel. 

As it reaches the steps, the Queen will pause for a moment of reflection by the hearse. 

As for the service, at 2am NZ time, the guests' seats will be spaced by household. There will be The Queen, her children Charles and Anne, grandchildren Harry and William and most spouses - but no great-grandchildren. 

The late Princess Margaret's children will be there, as well as some cousins of the Queen. 

Penelope Knatchbull, a family friend related to Prince Philip through marriage, has also been invited, as well as three of his German relatives: Bernhard, hereditary Prince of Baden, The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Prince Donatus, the Landgrave of Hesse. 

While the funeral service is capped at 30 people, the military presence will be substantial, with more than 700 personnel. 

Their presence is within the government's COVID-19 restrictions as members of the military are classified as key workers. 

Those rules allowed another commemoration for the duke to be held in Dartmouth, where he attended the Britannia Royal Naval College,

While flowers are still being brought to many royal residences and with many members of the public watching the rehearsal, authorities are warning people not to visit Windsor this weekend. 

A week on from his death, the tributes continue - as Britain prepares to farewell its prince. 

The full list of attendees at Prince Philip's funeral

  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Charles, Prince of Wales
  • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
  • Princess Anne
  • Timothy Laurence, Vice Admiral
  • Prince Andrew, Duke of York
  • Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
  • Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex
  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
  • Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Harry, Duke of Sussex
  • Peter Phillips, grandson of Queen Elizabeth 
  • Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne
  • Jack Brooksbank, husband of Princess Eugenie
  • Lady Louise, child of Earl and Countess of Wessex
  • James, Viscount Severn,  child of Earl and Countess of Wessex
  • Edward, Duke of Kent
  • Richard, Duke of Gloucester 
  • Princess Alexandra, cousin of Queen Elizabeth
  • Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden and great-nephew of Prince Philip
  • Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
  • Philipp, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • David Armstrong Jones, Earl of Snowdon
  • Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma
  • Lady Sarah Chatto, Queen Elizabeth's niece
  • Daniel Chatto, husband of Lady Sarah Chatto.