Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral HIGHLIGHTS: Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, was honoured with a full state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday. The Queen’s funeral concluded with the new British national anthem ‘God Save the King’. According to King Charles III’s wish, the public mourning period will continue across the country for a week after the funeral.
Hundreds of heads of state, royals and political leaders from around the world came to London to attend the funeral, including U.S. President Joe Biden, President of India Draupadi Murmu and Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.
After the service at the abbey, the late queen’s coffin will be transported through the historic heart of London on a horse-drawn gun carriage. It will then be taken in a hearse to Windsor, where the Queen will be interred alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.
A tide of people wanting to say goodbye streamed to Westminster Hall, where the Queen’s coffin was lying in state, draped in her Royal Standard and capped with a diamond-studded crown. The numbers have grown steadily since the public was first admitted to the hall on Wednesday, with a queue that snakes around Southwark Park, stretched at least 8 kilometers from the hall, the AP reported.
London police had said that the funeral will be the largest single policing event the force has ever handled, surpassing even the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Platinum Jubilee in June celebrating the Queen’s 70-year reign.
Members of the Royal Family depart St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
Queen's Committal Service comes to a close
Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is lowered into the royal vault at Windsor Castle at St George's Chapel, reports AP
After an epic journey by road and air since she passed away peacefully aged 96 in Scotland on September 8, Queen Elizabeth II's coffin concluded its final journey to Windsor Castle for a Committal Service and private burial at St. George's Chapel – PTI
The committal service to begin shortly as the state hearse carrying Queen's coffin reaches Windsor Castle.
On the final stretch of her journey, the Queen's Coffin is nearing the Windsor Castle. The state hearse carrying the coffin is travelling along the Long Walk as the silent crowd looks on.
The tens of thousands gathered in central London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth fell silent and bowed their heads on Monday to follow her funeral service in Westminster Abbey and watch the procession of her coffin afterwards through the city. –Reuters
What's happening right now – Queen’s coffin is transferred from the State Gun Carriage and placing it in the State Hearse.
London listens to Big Ben toll even as guns fire at Hyde Park
Late Queen's coffin is carried out of Westminster Abbey as the funeral service concludes.
At the close of the funeral services, British national anthem, “God Save the King,” sung inside Westminster Abbey.
A two-minute silence was observed for late Queen Elizabeth after the Last Post was played.
“God grant to the living grace; to the departed rest; to the Church, The King, the Commonwealth, and all people, peace and concord, and to us sinners, life everlasting; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen,” the Dean read.
“Her Majesty famously declared on a 21st birthday broadcast, that her whole life would be dedicated to serving the nation and Commonwealth. Rarely has such a promise being so well kept, few leaders receive the outpouring of love that we have seen,” the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said.
Britain's PM Liz Truss reads out lessons (passages from the Bible) at the service.
The Queen's coffin is being carried into Westminster Abbey after a short procession from the Westminster Hall. Funeral services begin.
The procession taking the Queen to Westminster Abbey has begun. King Charles III and the Queen's other three children, are following her coffin on foot.
King Charles III and other members of the Royal Family have arrived at the funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Britain's new Prime Minister Liz Truss has arrived at Westminster Abbey. Truss met Queen Elizabeth II two days before she passed away.
Indian President Droupadi Murmu, US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif, among others start arriving at Westminster Hall. Apart from them, Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton's parents, TV host Bear Grylls have also arrived for funeral.
The first bells have begun to toll for the Queen outside Westminster Abbey. According to The Guardian, they will toll once every minute till the time of her funeral to mark every year of the 96-year-old monarch’s life.
London's City Hall said: All the viewing areas from where members of the public can witness the funeral procession of Queen Elizabeth have reached capacity.
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— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 19, 2022
Guests have started entering the Westminster Abbey where the funeral will take place at 3 pm IST.
Cinema chain Vue will keep live screenings of the Queen's funeral. The viewers will not have to pay for tickets, and they'll be given a free bottle of water, the CNN reported.
King Charles' message was released the evening before the Queen's state funeral. Here's the full text:
“Over the last ten days, my wife and I have been so deeply touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and across the world.
“In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff we were moved beyond measure by everyone who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to the lifelong service of my dear mother, The late Queen.
“As we all prepare to say our last farewell, I wanted simply to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my Family and myself in this time of grief.”
According to the CNN, cinema chain Vue will keep some venues open for live screenings of the funeral. Greene King, a pub chain, will be open on Monday “for communities to gather to mourn and reflect together on the life of the Queen”, a spokesperson said. JD Wetherspoon, another pub chain, said its venues in central London and at rail stations and airports would remain open. All McDonald's stores will open after 5 pm local time. Pizza Hut stores likely to open after 2 pm local time.
We come together to give thanks for a long life, lived in service to her people and her Saviour, Jesus Christ.
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) September 19, 2022
The following are some of the expected attendees:
Since 1214, coronations, weddings, and funerals of most of the British monarchs have taken place at Westminster Abbey located in the centre of London. It was designed as a place for the coronation and burial of monarchs
Westminster Abbey has been the site of the coronations of almost every British monarch including Elizabeth II.
Around 2,000 guests from all across the world, including about 500 dignitaries are expected at the state funeral of the queen. This is the biggest event the UK has hosted in decades.
The state funeral service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster and the sermon and the commendation will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Prime Minister Liz Truss and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth will read out lessons (passages from the Bible) during the service.
According to The Times' report, the Queen’s coffin was crafted over three decades ago and is lined with lead, to preserve the mortal remains following its burial in a crypt. The coffin is made of English oak.
Queen Elizabeth's lying-in-state ended in Westminster Hall ahead of the funeral procession. The doors at Westminster Abbey will be opened shortly ahead of the arrival of guests for the service.
President of India Droupadi Murmu met King Charles at the Buckingham Palace ahead of the funeral. She also signed a condolence book on behalf of the Indian government.