A solemn procession through the streets of the center of the British capital opened the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, in which a hundred Royal Navy sailors carried the monarch’s coffin to Wellington Arch, where a salute was made royal and the British national anthem was played. More than 3,000 soldiers from various corps and regiments paraded in the funeral procession.
From there the queen’s coffin was transferred to the state hearse and driven to Windsor, where the final ceremony after days of national mourning took place. The long avenue that goes from the Castle to the Great Park of Windsor, known as The Long Walk, was filled with spectators ready to see off the queen.
The funeral service was held in St. George’s Chapel, the same where the funeral of Princess Margaret and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was held last April. Inside, the dean of Windsor dedicated words of homage to the monarch.
“In the midst of this rapidly changing and often troubled world, her calm and dignified presence has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and hope.As we reflect with grateful hearts on these and many other ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us, we pray that God gives us the grace to honor his memory by following his example, and that, with our sister Elizabeth, we will finally know the joys of eternal life.”
Prior to the final anthem, “Christ is made of sure foundation,” the Crown Jeweler removed the Imperial State Crown, orb and scepter from Queen Elizabeth’s coffin, passing them to the Dean of Windsor, who placed them in the altar. Later, the coffin was lowered to the Royal Vault under the Chapel of St. George, after Andrew Parker, the Lord Chamberlain, the highest position of the Royal House, broke the monarch’s wand, formalizing the end of Elizabeth’s reign. II.
With a final wail from the queen’s piper, Windsor’s burial service drew to a close. So things continue with a private burial service for the royal family.
Although the queen’s coffin was deposited in the Royal Vault, it will be transferred to the King George VI Memorial Chapel, located elsewhere in St. George, where she will be buried next to Prince Philip.
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