Prince Philip funeral guests WON'T sing at service due to Covid – but a choir will perform

GUESTS at Prince Philip's funeral WON'T be allowed to sing at the service because of coronavirus rules.

Only a small choir will be able to perform pieces of music chosen by the Duke of Edinburgh himself, Buckingham Palace said today.

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The choir of singers will be made up of three lay clerks in St George's Chapel choir and one soprano.

And the singers will be seated away from the congregation-of-30, in line with Covid rules.

As Prince Philip's coffin is lowered into the royal vault, the choir will sing the National Anthem.

The Government website, laying out rules for Covid funerals, states: "If the event is taking place indoors, a single small group of singers is allowed to perform.

"This should be limited to as few singers as possible, with social distancing being maintained at all times. 

It comes as…

  • Prince Harry and William won't stand near each other at Philip's funeral on Saturday
  • The Royal Family won't wear military uniforms at the service – instead wearing morning coat with medals
  • The full guest list of 30 attendees was revealed
  • The Queen will sit alone after arriving in a Bentley with a Lady in Waiting
  • The pall bearers at Prince Philip's funeral will be members of the Royal Marines
  • Pregnant Meghan Markle will make 'private arrangements' to mark the funeral

"Communal singing should not take place inside but if the event is taking place outside, the congregation may join in with singing."

The Queen is to wear a mask at her husband Philip’s funeral — and the royals are banned from singing hymns to stop the spread of the virus.

And Her Majesty has also spared Prince Harry’s blushes by ordering no royals wear military uniform for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, The Sun can reveal.

The Duke of Sussex had faced the humiliating prospect of being the only senior male in the royal family wearing civvies after losing his honorary ranks.

There was also said to be “serious Navy displeasure” at being dragged into a row over Prince Andrew possibly wearing an admiral’s uniform.

Insiders involved in planning for Saturday’s funeral claim the Queen personally stepped in to suggest all senior male royals wear suits and ties.

A military source told The Sun: “It’s the most eloquent solution to the problem.”

Another source confirmed last night that “current thinking is no uniforms”.

Today, a full rehearsal for Prince Philip's funeral was underway as squaddies and armed police patrol Windsor.

Military on horseback were seen approaching The Long Walk today as they prepared for Saturday's service.

Armed cops lined the walk – as members of the King's Troop royal horse artillery procession dressed in uniform and practised their entrance.

And Windsor has had ramped-up security in place, with extra armed cops and specialist searches carried out days before the funeral service.

Among the security measures in place for Saturday are extra armed police and uniformed officers on patrol in the historic town leading up to the event.

Gun cops were seen on the Long Walk yesterday as the public come to pay their respects to Philip after his death aged 99.

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