The reason for the empty seat in front of him in the church
At a mass at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, mourners bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth once more. The front rows of the church were filled with members of the British royal family. One seat remained vacant.
The world bids farewell to Queen Elizabeth 96. After a grand funeral at Westminster Abbey in London, the King’s record coffin was carried to Windsor. Here, in the church of St. George, another prayer was held in the presence of those invited. As in the morning, the closest members of their family sat in the front rows of the church. However, an empty seat in the first row raised questions.
King Charles: The seat in front of him remained empty
Ironically, in front of King Charles, 73, who continued to serve in the second row next to Queen Camilla, 75, and next to Prince Edward, 58, no one was seated. It was soon speculated whether the space might be symbolically free for a deceased member of the royal family. In fact, there is a rule set forth in the royal protocol, which is also observed in today’s service.
Royal protocol applies to special occasions
As reported by the British newspaper “Express”, among others, no one is allowed to sit in front of the reigning monarch at events of this kind. This is to ensure that the king has a clear and unobstructed view of what is happening. This regulation can already be observed in past events. For example, at the wedding of Princess Eugenie, 32, and Jack Brooksbank, 36, the seat on the podium remained empty at St George’s Chapel.
Protocol was followed accordingly at the wedding of Prince Harry, 37, and Duchess Meghan, 41, in 2018, so Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip could enjoy an unrestricted second-row view. But at the time, rumors swirled that Harry had booked the venue in honor of his late mother, Princess Diana, 36.
Sources used: mirror.co.uk, thesun.co.uk
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