The sovereign receives the last goodbye in Westminster Abbey and in the presence of leaders from around the world, before being buried in Windsor
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The United Kingdom today ends the ten days of national mourning declared for the death of Queen Elizabeth II with a solemn state funeral attended by 2,000 people in Westminster Abbey. The burning chapel of the sovereign has closed its doors at 6:30 (local time), putting an end to a queue that has traveled since last Wednesday the banks of the Thames for nearly 10 miles. Hundreds of thousands of people have waited for hours to pay their respects in front of Her Majesty’s oak coffin.
On-site funeral guests began arriving at the Abbey at 8:00 a.m., including 500 foreign heads of state and dignitaries, royals from around the world, servicemen and civilians. who have stood out for their work in the community.
At 10:30, the queen’s coffin to be deposited on an artillery cart pulled by members of the Royal Navy and leave the majestic Westminster Hall to cross in procession to the Abbey. Behind the coffin, as they did last Wednesday during their transfer from Buckingham Palace to Westminster, will walk the king Charles III, his three brothersAna, Andrés and Eduardo– and his sons, William and Henry. the prince Jorgenine years old, and the princess charlotteof seven, will join the family procession in this short tour, of barely ten minutes.
The religious ceremony will be officiated by the Westminster den, David Hoyle. The sermon will be delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Wellbyand the prime minister, Liz Trussdo a reading.
Minutes before the end of the funeral, at 11:55, Two minutes of silence will be observed across the UK and planes will not be able to fly over the capital. The funeral service will conclude with the national anthem and a piece performed by the Queen’s official piper.
Today is a bank holiday in the UK, schools and most shops will remain closed. In London, which has dawned silent and cloudy, hundreds of British braved the low temperatures and spent the night in the open to take up positions in front of the Abbey, from where the funeral procession would depart at 12:15 after the service. The procession through the streets of London to Wellington Arch, in the southeast corner of Hyde Park.
Eleanor Johnson62, was one of the last to go to the funeral chapel at five in the morning and decided to stay to bid farewell to the coffin. “We thought that it was not going to give us time, but the queue moved very fast at the end and we all breathe a sigh of relief,” says Eleanor, a teacher, who came to London from Peterborough on her own. “We have Catherine of Aragon, our queen and your queen, buried there: the ties of our royal families last for centuries.”