The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled the United Kingdom for 70 years, is being performed on Monday.
Not long ago the Queen’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
It is a state funeral, usually reserved for kings and queens, and includes rituals such as military processions and funerals.
It is a day of ceremony full of emotion and royal pomp that was last seen 60 years ago at the state funeral of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth is officially underway and began at 11 a.m. British time with a prayer service in front of a crowd of 2,000 people in Westminster Abbey, while thousands of citizens in central London attended. were also present.
After the ceremony, the Queen’s coffin was taken from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner, London, from where it was moved to Windsor Castle and after prayers in St. After being removed from St. George’s Chapel, the relic was placed in the Royal Vault.
Britain’s longest-reigning Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral on September 8 at the age of 96. He ruled Britain for 70 years.
Since Wednesday, the body of Queen Elizabeth has been kept in Westminster Hall. As of Monday morning, millions of people had paid their respects to the Queen in front of her body, which had been there since Wednesday.
Buckingham Palace stated that Queen Elizabeth II was involved in the planning of her state funeral and made a few adjustments to the original plans.
Queen Elizabeth II’s final visit on September 19
The gates of Westminster Abbey, a short distance away, were opened after the Queen’s last vigil at Westminster Hall in central London.
In addition to heads of state and dignitaries from around the world arriving in Britain to pay tribute to the Queen’s life and service, senior British politicians and former prime ministers will also be there.
Members of royal families from across Europe, many of whom are relatives of the Queen, are also expected to arrive, including Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilda, Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia.
After the formal opening of the Queen’s funeral, the body was taken from Westminster Hall, where it had been laid to rest, to Westminster Abbey for the requiem.
The Queen’s coffin was carried from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey in an official Royal Navy gun carriage pulled by 142 sailors.
The gun carriage was last seen in 1979 at the funeral of Prince Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten, before it was used for the death of the Queen’s father, King George V, in 1952.
King Charles, his brother Prince Andrew, sister Princess Anne, British Crown Prince William and his brother Prince Harry also walked with the funeral procession to Westminster Abbey.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines were deployed along the procession route. While a guard of honor representing the three armed forces accompanied. The Royal Marines Band at Parliament Square.
The Queen’s funeral was held at Westminster Abbey, attended by over 2,000 guests.
The prayer service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster and David Hoyle. While the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, delivered the homily.
After that, the country’s Prime Minister Liz Truss read a ‘lesson’.
The same religious hymn that was sung at the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II. And Prince Philip in 1947 was also sung on this occasion.
Westminster Abbey, where the funeral took place, is the historic church where British monarchs have been crowned.
In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was also crowned at Westminster Abbey. Before she became Queen, Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947.
No royal has been cremated at Westminster Abbey since the 18th century.
In 2002, the Queen Mother, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, was cremated here.
Near the end of the prayer service, a bugle was blown, followed by a two-minute national silence.
The service ended after the National Anthem
After the service, the Queen’s coffin is taken in a procession from Westminster Abbey. To Wellington Church in London’s Hyde Park Corner.
People in large numbers watch the funeral procession from special spots. Because along the route to pay their respects to the queen.
Soldiers and police personnel are also stationed on this route. The procession is slowly passing through the streets of the capital. A gun salute is being given every minute from Hyde Park while. The bell of London’s Big Ben is also being rung every minute.
The procession is led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. With each of its seven groups accompanied by its own band.
The Royal Family is led by King Charles III on foot behind the gun carriage. So carrying the Queen’s coffin, while Queen Consort Camilla, the Princess of Wales. The Counts of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex accompany the procession in carriages.
After arriving at Wellington Arch, the Queen’s coffin was transferred from the state. The gun carriage to the state hearse for transport to Windsor Castle.