THIS weekend, The Queen will see her husband Prince Philip laid to rest at St George's Chapel in Windsor.
Tonight it was confirmed that Her Majesty will be accompanied by her Lady in Waiting to the funeral but will sit alone for the service – here's everything you need to know about her trusted companions.
Who is The Queen's Lady in Waiting?
In 2017, The Queen appointed Susan Rhodes to be one of her Ladies in Waiting.
She is married to Simon Rhodes whose late mother Margaret was The Queen's best friend and cousin.
Margaret Rhodes – who passed away aged 91 in 2016 – was also one of The Queen's bridesmaids when she married Prince Philip in 1947.
Although Susan Rhodes accompanied The Queen to the Remembrance Sunday service last year, it has not been confirmed if she will be the Lady in Waiting who will attend the funeral service with Her Majesty.
However, she is believed to be part of the "HMS Bubble" who have been isolating with The Queen at Windsor during the coronavirus pandemic.
How many Ladies in Waiting does The Queen have?
When Susan Rhodes became a Lady in Waiting in 2017, The Queen also appointed Lady Elizabeth Leeming – who is her first cousin once removed – to become a trusted companion.
In total, The Queen currently has five ladies in waiting – Lady Susan Hussey, Mary Morrison, Susan Rhodes, Lady Elizabeth Leeming and Fortune FitzRoy, the Duchess of Grafton.
Who will accompany The Queen to Prince Philip's funeral?
Part of the Lady in Waiting's job is to accompany The Queen on official duties – but they are not expected to be included in the 30-person guest list for Prince Philip's funeral.
The Telegraph claims The Queen's former Lady in Waiting Lady Pamela Hicks could be in the running for the spot as she was Prince Philip's first cousin and a bridesmaid at their wedding.
How much does a Lady in Waiting get paid?
Although The Queen has five official Ladies in Waiting, they don't receive a salary for their work.
Instead, their expenses – such as clothing and travel – are covered by the monarch.
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