Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: Top moments of the historic event

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Abbey on the day of her funeral.  (James Ford for The Washington Post)
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Abbey on the day of her funeral. (James Ford for The Washington Post)

LONDON – Big Ben gonged, a peal from the Great Bell for each of her 96 years on Earth, and the body of Queen Elizabeth II passed through Westminster Abbey for the last time – the scene of her 1947 wedding and 1953 coronation – a state funeral for 90 world leaders and hundreds of dignitaries including emperors and sultans, and Harry and Meghanvery.

London was completely entrusted with the event, investing in all the pomp, circumstance and pretense that the monarchy, military and state could perform for a global broadcast audience of millions.

The new king declared Monday a national holiday, and so tens of thousands were able to say goodbye to the capital – some throwing flowers at hares, others shouting “God bless the Queen!” – In the most complex security challenge The capital has suffered since World War II, a far bigger event than the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Till evening, there had been no significant police incident. informed of,

The calm, the sanctity that people remarked on – especially the two minutes of silence that brought the country and the city of 9 million to a complete standstill.

Even air traffic at Heathrow International Airport was halted. The news helicopters were intercepted during service.

The day began at dawn, when the last members of the public were driven out of Westminster Hall, the parliamentary building where the Queen had been lying for the past four days, a vigil that saw an epic 24/7 Queue It spread for miles and miles, a boom that stunned the planners.

In the epic queue to see Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, they were the last

The Queen’s coffin, wrapped in a royal banner, traveled the short distance from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey atop the Royal Navy’s State Gun Carriage, a vehicle drawn not by horses, but by people.

The tradition began in 1901 after the horses that pulled Queen Victoria’s coffin, nearly spilled the coffin onto the road. To prevent duplication, 90 sailors pull the carriage, while 40 marches act as rear brakes.

The abbey opened early to welcome dignitaries – those who came Shuttle Bus and Armored Car – for a 13th-century church, whose floors and walls are covered with monuments to those who were buried or honored there: Charles Darwin, Jane Austen, Isaac Newton, Mary, Queen of Scots, Geoffrey Chaucer , Laurence Olivier, Charles Dickens, Stephen Hawking and Queen Elizabeth I.

About 2,000 guests attended – among them representatives of dozens of royal families and members of the House of Windsor, including The Queen’s great-grandsons George and Charlotte, aged 9 and 7, both dressed in black and behaved well on camera. ,restless 4-year-old louis was not there.)

Britain’s last state funeral 1965 was for the wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill.

The last state funeral was that of Churchill. Queen Elizabeth II has a big event.

write about that day in the Observer newspaper In 1965, journalist Patrick O’Donovan declared, “This was the last time this could happen. It was the last time London would be the capital of the world. It was an act of mourning for the royal past. It marked the last in Britain’s greatness.” Marked the task.

It is true that the British Empire shrank during Elizabeth’s reign, with territories claiming independence. some left Areas are now reevaluating His relationship with Taj. Meanwhile, Brexit has turned the United Kingdom into “Little England” in many minds.

But Churchill’s departure was not the final act. Britain remains one of the largest economies in the world. The United Kingdom, London, and the monarchy have all proved resilient enough to reproduce.

Mourners on Monday included President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden; European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Emperor Naruhito of Japan and Canadian American actress Sandra Oh.

Also in attendance: Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albany, New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern and Canada’s Justin Trudeau, along with French President Emmanuel Macron, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, Italy’s Sergio Mattarella and Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

not vladimir putinNo Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. China’s Xi Jinping sent his vice president, while Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his foreign minister that he could not come in his presidential car.

The coffin was carried to the abbey by the queen’s four children: the new king, Charles III; The always present Princess Anne; former TV producer Prince Edward; And after being pushed into semi-exile by his association with the Jeffrey Epstein sex-trafficking scandal, Prince Andrew, the ex-serving royal, was wearing civilian clothes, not military attire.

William and Catherine, with their new titles of Prince and Princess of Wales, were accompanied by their two eldest children in the procession.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was a farewell production for the ages

Prince Harry was also with Meghan. He wasn’t even wearing his military uniform – due to anger from fans on social media, who called it “outrageous” that the prince, who saw action during two tours in Afghanistan, was denied the honor as the couple wore their royal responsibilities were relinquished. and moved to California.

The publicly funded BBC fulfills a role it has pursued as champion of the monarchy since the death of the Queen. Commentators called the funeral “a scintillating mix of the ancient and the modern”. Also: “This is the greatness of our time.” And: “It had a timelessness.” At the end: “Extraordinary how the new king has been welcomed.”

on top of the queen’s coffin symbol of power: the orb, the scepter and, resting on the purple pillow, the royal crown made of gold and studded with about 3,000 diamonds17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls and four rubies.

Understanding the Symbolism in the Queen’s Funeral Processions

There was also a garland of flowers: Buckingham Palace, Highgrove House and Clarence House, which were now cut from the gardens of all of the king’s houses. Each leaf was invested with meaning: rosemary for remembrance, myrtle as an ancient symbol of a happy marriage, the palace said, “at Her Majesty’s request, the wreath is made in a completely sustainable manner, the English moss.” in the nest of and oak branches, and without the use of floral foam.”

Some people have fun on social media presence of a spider, riding on the wreath. Charles was known as Prince for lobbying government ministers to become known as “black spider memo,

For his mother, Charles wrote a handwritten note, which could be seen on the wreath, which read: “In loving and dedicated memory. Charles R.” The “R” refers to “rex,” Latin for king.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivers a sermon. He spoke of the queen’s lifelong devotion not only to earthly duty, but to following Jesus Christ.

Welby told the church, “It is the ideal for many leaders to be exalted in life and forgotten after death.” “People who do loving service are rare in any walk of life. Loving service leaders are still rare. ,

The Archbishop recalled how after Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953, he began with a silent prayer at the high altar of Westminster Abbey. “Her allegiance to God was given before allegiance to anyone,” Welby said.

At the conclusion of the one-hour service, the congregation sang the national anthem, “God save the king” after seven decades. Then came one last piece of music, “Sleep, Dear, Sleep,” played on a bagpipe by a lone musician, in memory of a mourning death.

Pipe Major Paul Burns of the Royal Regiment of Scotland was also responsible for waking up the Queen, playing under her window every morning for 15 minutes.

As the sound of the pipe faded, the Queen’s coffin was taken out into the streets, and moved from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. The procession was attended by 4,500 people – possibly the largest military parade of its kind in living memory.

Background – London’s monuments – were a guide to the past of Britain’s glory days. Military marchers and carriages circle the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, commemorating an era when the sun never set on the British Empire.

The London procession ended at Wellington Arch, whose name – the Duke of Wellington – commemorates the halting of Napoleon’s ambition at the 1815 Battle of Waterloo.

From there the coffin was taken to Windsor Castle in a custom Jaguar-Land Rover horse, the weekend palace Queen much loved her city excavations at Buckingham Palace.

In Windsor, the procession was slow, but still grand, the streets were packed, with the church once again full. But in a relative sense, it was smaller, more intimate.

The queen’s corpses, Muick and Sandy, were waiting in the palace. His pony Emma stood on the long walk as the coffin passed. Among the guests there were fewer VIPs and more people working for the queen.

The Queen was buried in a vault at St George’s Chapel, along with the remains of her parents, sister and husband, Prince Philip.

As crowds dispersed in London, 51-year-old Jillian Martin, a teacher at the National Trust in Northern Ireland, was looking for someone who might want her pillows and blankets. barely used. He spent two nights camping with friends to claim a spot along the way of the procession. But there was no sleep. “How am I? Except completely ruined? Great. I met so many people. We’ll never see what happened again.”

Soon the rubbish brigade went inside. “We can’t let anyone see this blindfold,” said 57-year-old Sandra Strawn, who volunteered to help the cleaning team near Buckingham Palace. “I don’t want this mess. Hekuwa this is what the stadium looks like after a football match.”

Jennifer Hassan and Annabelle Timsit contributed to this report.

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