The funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

By Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Fernando Alfonso III and Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 12:31 p.m. ET, April 17, 2021
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10:35 a.m. ET, April 17, 2021

This is why the Queen is sitting on her own

Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat for the funeral service of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh inside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, on April 17.
Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat for the funeral service of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh inside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, on April 17. Jonathan Brady/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

The royal family are strictly adhering to UK Covid-19 protocols. As such, the Queen is seated alone to follow current restrictions.

All guests who are not members of the same household must sit around 2 meters apart.

The Queen and the late Prince Philip had been in a bubble with some members of their household for the last year and so she is not eligible to join a support bubble with other members of her family.

The Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge are sitting opposite one another in St. George’s Chapel, William is sat beside his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince Harry also sits alone.

10:52 a.m. ET, April 17, 2021

Archbishop of Canterbury reads from the Gospel of John

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby ITN

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby read the Second Lesson from John 11. 21–27.

“Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.'"

It is followed by the socially-distanced choir in the nave signing an adaptation of Psalm 104 set to music by William Lovelady. The piece was previously sung at the Duke of Edinburgh's 75th birthday.

10:52 a.m. ET, April 17, 2021

Philip selected all of the hymns for his funeral

A choir sings during Prince Philip's funeral service.
A choir sings during Prince Philip's funeral service. ITN

The Service is being led by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner, who gave the Bidding.

"We are here today in St George’s Chapel to commit into the hands of God the soul of his servant Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us. We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith. Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity. We therefore pray that God will give us grace to follow his example, and that, with our brother Philip, at the last, we shall know the joys of life eternal," Conner said.

Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner.
Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner. ITN

Immediately after, the small four-person choir sang "Eternal Father, Strong to Save," which is traditionally associated with the British Royal Navy -- yet another funeral choice that is reflective of the duke's military service and Armed Forces support.

The choir is being conducted by the St. George’s Chapel Director of Music James Vivian.

The selection of hymns they are singing on Saturday were all pieces of music chosen by the Duke of Edinburgh.

10:16 a.m. ET, April 17, 2021

UK Prime Minister watching funeral from his country residence

From CNN’s Sharon Braithwaite in London

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pictured leaving 10 Downing Street in London, ahead of a tribute session in the House of Commons for Prince Philip, on April 12.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pictured leaving 10 Downing Street in London, ahead of a tribute session in the House of Commons for Prince Philip, on April 12. Leon Neal/Getty Images

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is watching the funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, from his country residence of Chequers, a Downing Street spokesperson confirmed Saturday.

The number of mourners in attendance at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral has been limited to 30 people, with Buckingham Palace stressing that the service was being held in line with British government coronavirus restrictions.

More details: See the full list of attendees here.

10:52 a.m. ET, April 17, 2021

Philip's coffin is taken into the chapel

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The coffin, followed by the members of the royal family who participated in the procession make their way through the nave to the catafalque in the quire.

As they entered St. George’s Chapel, the royals donned face masks in keeping with covid requirements in England.

The funeral Service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor. 

A four-person choir is singing in the background.

10:14 a.m. ET, April 17, 2021

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is watching the funeral from home in California

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is pictured in November 2019, in London, England.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is pictured in November 2019, in London, England. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex is watching the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh from home in California after she was advised by her physician not to travel to England, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said.

“She is watching from home as she was hopeful to be able to attend, but was not cleared for travel by her physician at this stage in her pregnancy," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson also gave details of the military honors the Duke of Sussex is wearing: his KCVO Neck Order and Star, Afghanistan Campaign medal, Gold Jubilee medal, and Diamond Jubilee medal. 

More details: The Duke and Duchess have provided a wreath featuring a variety of locally sourced flowers. The card accompanying the wreath was handwritten by Meghan.

10:52 a.m. ET, April 17, 2021

Here's the order of service for the funeral of Prince Philip

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The funeral of Prince Philip, the late husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, is underway at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Click here to see the full order of service for the funeral.

10:51 a.m. ET, April 17, 2021

Nation falls silent for Philip

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A national minute of silence is being held before the coffin continues up the steps and is met by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury at the top. 

The start and end of the Silence will be signaled by a gun fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn. Guns will also be fired at all primary saluting stations in the UK and overseas.

10:51 a.m. ET, April 17, 2021

Procession arrives outside the West Steps of the chapel

The procession has arrived at the foot of the West Steps of St. George’s Chapel. 

A Royal Naval Piping Party of one Chief Petty Officer and five Ratings are positioned on the South Side. Upon coming to a halt, the party piped the “Still," a boatswain’s call traditionally made on naval ships to call the crew to attention and issue instruction.  

Another bearer party -- this time from the Royal Marines -- is now lifting the coffin to carry it up the West Steps towards the chapel entrance. 

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It will pause briefly on the second landing where the piping party will pipe the “Side” -- another type of boatswain’s call used to signal the arrival of distinguished visitors on board a British Royal Navy warship.  

Royal family members, including Prince Harry and Princess Anne, are watching from the side.