See In Full How Queen Elizabeth II Was Buried Today
Today will see the burial of Queen Elizabeth II, the queen with the longest reign in British history (Monday).
Buckingham Palace has made announcements about the specifics of what will go place.
Thousands are anticipated to line the streets of London and Windsor to pay their respects as the monarch makes her final journey. Her burial will be a day of emotion and sadness, as well as a celebration of the monarch’s life and 70-year reign.
Millions more people will watch the funeral on television at home in the UK and around the world, making it potentially the biggest watched broadcast in history.
Most people in the UK are unfamiliar with the customs and pomp that have been on show over the last few days because it has been 70 years since the passing of the last monarch, Queen Elizabeth II’s father George VI. The Queen’s funeral, which is taking place in the internet age, will be unparalleled in magnitude and considerably more accessible for those who do recall her father’s reign and passing.
The man in charge of the operation, the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, says the state funeral will “unite people across the globe and resonate with people of all faiths”, and pay a “fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign”.
The Queen’s funeral will be placed on Monday at Westminster Abbey in London beginning at 11am after her body lay in state for many days.
She wed Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in 1937, and it was also the location of her 1953 coronation.
This is the first funeral service for a monarch to be performed at Westminster Abbey since the ceremony for King George II in 1760, breaking centuries of precedent, as they were later held at Windsor. However, here is where the Queen Mother’s and Princess Diana’s burials were held in 1997 and 2002, respectively.
It is thought the move was chosen by the Queen herself, according to reports, as the venue can hold more people and the London location is better to accommodate crowds.
The funeral will be conducted by the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle Dean of Westminster, while the sermon will be preached by the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
The King George VI memorial chapel, a modest annex to the main chapel at Windsor, where the Queen’s parents are buried and where the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret, are housed, will serve as her last resting place.
Prince Philip’s body will now be transferred to the memorial chapel to join the Queen after being initially interred in the Royal Vault at St. George’s.
The doors will be closed in advance on the day of the funeral when lying in state concludes at Westminster Hall at 6.30 am.
The Queen’s coffin will be raised and taken in procession to the Royal Navy’s state gun carriage outside the north door just after 10.35 am.
At 10.44 am, the gun carriage will then leave, with Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel along the way to the abbey.
On Parliament Square, the Royal Marines band will play during a guard of honor with representatives from all three services.
At 10.52 am, the casket will be brought into the abbey for the liturgy after the procession has arrived.
The ceremony itself
The abbey will be reached by a group of invited chiefs of state and representatives of foreign governments, including foreign royal dignitaries.
The Commonwealth Secretary General and Prime Minister Liz Truss will recite lessons during the burial, which will be presided over by the Dean of Westminster. There will be prayers led by the York Archbishop, the Westminster Cardinal Archbishop, the Church of Scotland General Assembly Moderator, and the Free Churches Moderator.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver both the sermon and the commendation. The blessing will thereafter be delivered by the Dean of Westminster.
Towards the end of the ceremony, at about 11.55am, the Last Post will sound, followed by a two-minute silence to be observed in the Abbey and throughout the UK.
The national anthem will be played and there will be a lament at the close of service at around midday.
The coffin will be followed by the King, the Queen Consort, and members of the Royal Family.
The burial service will be entirely private, taking place at 7.30 pm and conducted by the Dean of Windsor.
The earth that will be scattered onto the coffin will have been gathered from the royal mausoleum at Frogmore.
What is a state funeral and who else has received one?
A state funeral is a public funeral ceremony held to honour people of national significance. While usually reserved for monarchs in the UK, Britain’s last state funeral was that of former prime minister Sir Winston Churchill (pictured above) in 1965.
The Queen herself granted permission for the use of both Westminster Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral for his ceremony, acknowledging that the nation should “have the opportunity to express their sorrow” over the death of an “inspiring leader who strengthened and supported us all” during Second World War Two.
Prince Philip, the Queen Mother, Princess Diana, and Baroness Thatcher all had ceremonial funerals, which share many of the same features. A ceremonial funeral was also held for King Richard III in 2015 following the discovery of his skeleton under a car park in Leicester in 2012, more than 500 years after his death.