Queen Elizabeth II’s Complete Funeral 19-9-2022 & Guest
Mourners in a line that extended for miles along the south bank of the River Thames over the past four days from Westminster Hall, where the monarch’s body lay in state, were overcome by an almost family sense of grief. Thousands of people lined up to say goodbye to the Queen in true British style, waiting up to 20 hours to pass by her casket.
King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, along with the guards, entered the vast chamber on Friday with their heads bowed and stood silent watch over the velvet catafalque containing the coffin of Queen Elizabeth, which was adorned with the monarch’s jeweled crown, orb, and sceptre. A day later, the Queen’s six other grandchildren, along with Prince William and Prince Harry, held their own solemn vigil while dressed in military garb.
The casket will be carried from Westminster Hall to the abbey on Monday morning by the King and other members of the royal family, including the Queen’s great-grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The funeral of the Queen’s father, King George VI, and Winston Churchill, the first of 15 British prime ministers who served under her, will be conducted on the same gun carriage.
Before the service, the Tenor Bell at Westminster Abbey rang once every minute for 96 minutes, denoting a year in the Queen’s life.
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev. David Hoyle, will preside over the service. The event will have lessons read by UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, who the Queen had appointed just two days before she passed away, and a sermon from Canterbury Archbishop Justin Welby.
After a two-minute period of silence, the congregation will sing “God Save the King” to close the hour-long ceremony. The fitting lament “Sleep dearie, sleep” will be played to end the ceremonies by The Queen’s piper, who woke her up every morning.
A royal cavalcade backed by guards wearing braided uniforms, kilted bagpipers and drummers, and streets lined with troops saluting as the coffin passes are just a few examples of the day’s events, which are a demonstration of centuries-old rites. During the procession to Wellington Arch, where the corpse will be lowered into a hearse and driven to Windsor, minute guns will be fired in Hyde Park and Big Ben will ring throughout.
Her casket will be lowered into a royal vault in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle during a committal service on Monday afternoon, which will be attended by members of the royal family and former and current members of the Queen’s household staff. She will be united with her husband of 73 years, “her steadfast strength and guide,” the Duke of Edinburgh, in a private funeral later that evening. The King George VI Memorial Chapel, a wing of St. George’s Chapel that also holds the remains of the Queen’s mother, the Queen Mother, and her sister Princess Margaret, will serve as the couple’s final resting place.