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All Your Questions About Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral Answered

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As Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign comes to an end, a new era in British history has begun. The late monarch’s death, which happened at Balmoral Castle on September 8 at the age of 96, was formally observed on September 19. This is the first significant state funeral since Sir Winston Churchill, the wartime prime minister, passed away in 1965. Here is a deeper look at how the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in the UK, was conducted today.

 

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Where was the funeral held?

 

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On September 19, a UK public holiday, a state funeral for the Queen was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. local time. Westminster Abbey hosted the ceremony. The Abbey is expected to add more seating to accommodate more than 8,000 people, despite the fact that the church usually only fits 2,200 worshippers.

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How was the Queen’s Coffin be transported?

 

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The procession to bring the Queen’s casket from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the funeral will commence after 10:30 a.m. local time on Monday. The State Gun Carriage, which was also utilised at the funerals of King George VI, Elizabeth II’s father, King George VI, King Edward VII, King George V, and former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, will transport the coffin.

Who Attended the Funeral?

 

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All members of the royal family, including the Queen’s four children, her eight grandchildren, and their spouses, will be present at the occasion. Members of the royal family, including the late monarch’s daughter Anne, Princess Royal, Princes Edward, Andrew, Harry, and William, as well as Anne’s son Peter Phillips, are expected to participate in Monday’s funeral. They will be accompanied by the military and musicians.

A formal guest list for the funeral has not yet been made public by Buckingham Palace, but according to media estimates, about 500 heads of state and dignitaries from around the world, including important world leaders and fellow royals, are expected. More than 10 former UK prime ministers will also be there, including the current PM, Liz Truss, who was the last representative of the public to see the queen before her passing on September 8.

What Happened at the Funeral?

The Westminster dean, the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, presided over the burial service. Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, Patricia Scotland, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, read and offered prayers throughout the ceremony. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, preached at the event. Two minutes of silence was observed inside Westminster Abbey and throughout Britain at the conclusion of the service. In accordance with the Queen’s personal request, the ceremony concluded with the playing of the national anthem and a lament by the royal piper, Pipe Major Paul Burns of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Where Will the Queen’s Grave Be?

 

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Elizabeth II will be buried next to her late husband Prince Philip, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 99, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Only members of the royal family and personal servants who currently or previously worked for the Queen will be present at the burial service. The Imperial State Crown, orb, and scepter—symbol of the monarch’s authority—will be taken out of the queen’s casket and put on the altar before the last hymn of the service.

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