Buckingham Palace announces details of Queen’s funeral service


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A two-minute nationwide silence will be observed shortly before the state funeral Queen Elizabeth II ends on Monday, palace officials have revealed.

The carefully planned arrangement is set to be a fitting farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, and King Charles III and members of the royal family will once again be seen walking behind the coffin as it is placed in the heart of British parliamentary possessions. From Westminster Abbey for hour-long service.

Speaking on behalf of several agencies and departments involved in the funeral, the Duke of Norfolk’s Earl Marshal said it was “both humbling and difficult” to organize the event.

He said it aimed to “unify people around the world and resonate with people of all faiths, while fulfilling Her Majesty and her family’s desire to pay a fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign.”

Queen died a week ago At the age of 96 in his country home of Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Heads of state, European royals and dignitaries from around the world will descend on the English capital next week to join the royal family to honor the Queen’s life and unwavering service to the nation and Commonwealth.

Although no official guest list has yet been published, the invitation Has been sent, US President Joe Biden was among the first to confirm his attendance at the event in London, which is expected to draw 2,000 people.

Britain's King Charles III, centre, was joined by senior royals to walk past the Queen's coffin as it is processed at Westminster Hall in London on Wednesday.

The palace outlined what to expect during Monday’s formal events for the late monarch at a briefing on Thursday.

At approximately 10:35 a.m. (5:35 a.m. ET) on the day of the funeral, the coffin will be lifted from the Catafalque, where it is laid to rest by a carrier party set up by the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, and taken to the Royal In a procession from Westminster Hall to the Navy’s State Gun Carriage, a senior palace official said.

The gun carriage has also been used for the funerals of past monarchs, including King Edward VII, King George V and King George VI. It was also used for the funerals of the Queen’s first prime minister, Winston Churchill, and her cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten.

According to the senior palace official, in keeping with the past tradition, the gun carriage will depart at 10:44 am and will be manned by 142 Royal Naval Ratings, who are service personnel.

It will then process the short journey from New Palace Yard to Westminster Abbey, which will be lined by the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines. The procession will be led largely by Scottish and Irish regiments of Pipes and Drums, a brigade of Gurkhas and the Royal Air Force, with a total of 200 musicians.

The King, members of the Royal Family, and members of both the families of the Monarch and the Prince of Wales will walk directly behind the coffin.

For the voyage, the coffin will be flanked by the carrier, in addition to pallbearers found from service cavalry for the Queen, The King’s Body Guards of the Honorable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, the Yeomen of the Guard and Royal Company contingents. of archers.

The service will be launched by the Rev. David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. ET).

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland, will read the text. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will deliver a sermon.

At the end of the service, at around 11:55, there will be a sound of the last post before a two-minute silence.

The state funeral will be concluded by the Queen’s Piper, who will play a revel, the national anthem and a lament at noon (7 a.m.).

After the state funeral, the coffin will be carried from the hall to Wellington Arch – again accompanied by King Charles III followed by some members of the royal family on foot, while Camilla, the Queen Consort and others are followed by car – From London to Windsor before making your final journey.

Its destination: St. George’s ChapelWithin the grounds of Windsor Castle, where a committed service is approximately . will be on Hosted by the Dean of Windsor at 4 p.m. (11 p.m. ET). Prince Philip’s funeral service was also held there in 2021.

The Crown Jeweler would be present and, before the final hymn, the Imperial State would remove the crown, orb and scepter, which would then be returned to the Tower of London.

At the conclusion of the service, the Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault below the chapel.

A private burial service will be held for the family later, and the Queen will be laid to rest with her late husband, Prince Philip, 73, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel. Located elsewhere in St George, it is where the Queen’s father and mother were also interred, and where the ashes of their sister Margaret reside.

Mourners queue up throughout the night to file and pay tribute to the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall. The queue of devotees is increasing continuously since the doors were opened for the public.

By Thursday lunch time, the line is about 4 miles (6.4 km) Near Tower Bridge across the River Thames, according to an official tracker.

Buckingham Palace also said that of Queen Elizabeth II Children place a vigil around their coffins on Friday evenings, as their Guard at St. Giles Cathedral Earlier this week in Scotland.

King Charles III will be joined around the coffin by Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward.

The palace also revealed that the king will host a reception for heads of state at Buckingham Palace on Sunday before the state funeral.

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