Queen sits alone in chapel as Royal Family pays respects to Prince Philip

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The Queen mourned alone inside St George's Chapel at the Windsor Castle funeral of her "strength and stay" Prince Philip.

The 94-year-old monarch accompanied the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin to its final resting place in the funeral on Saturday afternoon.

In line with coronavirus rules, there were just 30 mourners at the service in the chapel who all wore masks and were socially distanced.

The service reflected his deep association with the Royal Navy and was planned with a high level of involvement from the duke himself, including readings and hymns requested by him.

The Queen's second son Prince Andrew sat two seats away from her, while Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence were two seats down from Andrew.

A simple service was led by the Dean of Windsor, David Connor, with a reading and blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

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TOPSHOT - Queen Elizabeth II looks at the coffin of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during his funeral service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021. - Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, died on April 9 aged 99 just weeks after a month-long stay in hospital for treatment to a heart condition and an infection. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN BRADY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen was two seats apart from her son, Prince Andrew. (AFP)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen takes her seat as the funeral of Prince Philip begins. (Getty Images)

The Queen joined the procession of her husband's coffin through the grounds of Windsor Castle in a state Bentley, accompanied by her lady-in-waiting, Susan Hussey.

However the limited numbers allowed at funerals meant Hussey was not able to accompany Her Majesty into the quire and had to remain in the nave of St George's Chapel, were the service was held. 

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In following the procession, which included all of the duke and the Queen's children and three of their grandsons, she followed him for the first time.

As monarch, he had always had to remain two steps behind her at formal engagements.

The Queen's family had to keep socially distant through the funeral, with mourners allowed to sit only in their households.

The quire is usually a place of celebration for the Royal Family. 

St George's Chapel is where the Queen and duke's grandchildren Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie married their spouses Meghan Markle and Jack Brooksbank in 2018.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward,  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Prince Edward during the ceremonial procession ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip. (Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R) follow the coffin during the ceremonial funeral procession of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021. - Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, died on April 9 aged 99 just weeks after a month-long stay in hospital for treatment to a heart condition and an infection. (Photo by Alastair Grant / various sources / AFP) (Photo by ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP via Getty Images)
Cousins Peter Philip, Prince William and Prince Harry also walked behind the coffin. (AFP)

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The Queen had not been seen in public since the death of her husband on 9 April, at the age of 99.

Her children and grandchildren have at various stages through the last week been paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and viewing flowers and cards left by members of the public.

Despite being in mourning, the Queen did carry out two engagements, listed in the Court Circular, including a retirement meeting for her former Lord Chamberlain.

She will remain in royal mourning until 22 April, the day after her 95th birthday.