Queen Elizabeth II has completed a visit to her final resting place in Windsor after an important state funeral at Westminster Abbey, as world leaders join Britons in mourning the country’s longest-serving monarch Went.
The Queen was laid to rest with her late husband Prince Philip at 7.30pm on Monday in a private ceremony at the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor, which drew close to 10 days of national mourning.
The Queen’s coffin made its way from the abbey through ceremonial London to Wellington Arch, before being taken west to Windsor Castle for the service of the Commissary at St George’s Chapel.
state funeralThe first in Britain since the death of Winston Churchill in 1965, was the culmination of a period of mourning when the country came together to mark a chaotic moment in its history, but also a of unity and continuity.
The Queen’s coffin was brought on Monday morning on a gun cart to the abbey from the cavernous silence of Westminster Hall, where she lay comfortably for four full days; His late in state ended at 6.30 am on Monday.
hundreds of thousands of people had joined the “queue” – a line stretching for five miles along the River Thames – to pay tribute to the Queen, who ruled for 70 years. Those in line spoke of a rare sense of duty and camaraderie.
Ahead of the funeral, King Charles said he was “deeply touched” by the support he received from around the world. At the ceremony itself, his eyes were fixed on his mother’s coffin as the congregation sang the national anthem “God Save the King”.
Public ceremonies culminated in the Queen’s coffin, still draped in the Royal Standard, being lowered into the royal vault below the queue at St. George’s Chapel, from where she was taken to George on Monday evening by her husband, parents. And was taken to move with the sister. VI Memorial Chapel.
This came after a solemn ritual at St George’s Chapel when the Queen’s Bargemaster and a Sergeant of Arms removed the state’s instruments – the crown, orb and scepter used at coronations – from the top of the coffin.
The moment represents the completion of a cycle that began after the death of the late Queen’s father, George VI, when the instruments were removed from her coffin and later presented to her at her coronation in 1953. was.
Finally, the leader of the royal household, the Lord Chamberlain, broke his office wand, marking the end of his service to the late monarch, and placed it on the queen’s coffin along with the flag.
An extraordinary cast of world leaders attended the state funeral, whose order of service and hymns was agreed upon in consultation with the late Queen to remember a woman whose reign was in Britain’s post-war era. was spread.
While most of the visiting dignitaries arrived by bus, US President Joe Biden and his wife arrived in an armored vehicle – but were stuck in traffic near the Marble Arch. His late arrival meant that he sat several rows behind the President of Poland and in front of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Emperor Naruhito – making their first trip outside their country since ascending the throne in 2019 – joined European royalty at the abbey, where the late queen was married and crowned.
About 200 prominent activists and volunteers who were recognized on the Queen’s Birthday Honors List in June were also among the 2,000 invited to attend. Those excluded from the guest list include leaders from Russia, Afghanistan, Syria and Venezuela.
The carefully choreographed 10 days of mourning were intended to provide ample space for mourning, but also to mark the role of the British royal family as a source of continuity in national life. Westminster Abbey has been the site of a royal coronation since William the Conqueror in 1066.
The Queen’s great-grandsons, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, joined the king and other members of the royal family as the coffin was processed through the abbey. The event was expected to be watched by one of the largest live broadcast audiences in the world.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, noted in his sermon that love service people are “rare in any walk of life”, with love service leaders “still rare”.
He said that the late emperor had enjoyed “life in abundance” and that “servants” would be remembered longer than “those who cling to power and privilege”, a remark that may have been made in the abbey. Resonate with some of the politicians gathered.
Around 10,000 police officers were on duty along with 1,500 soldiers in the event.
Ahead of the ceremony this week, media debate raged over whether Britain’s gloomy and united response to the Queen’s death, along with the spectacular ceremony, was a reminder of the country’s greatness or a distraction from its many problems.
But while this week many world leaders will gather For the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Gothic church of Westminster Abbey was the focal point of global power on Monday as the world remembered the late Queen.
Some of the mourners wiped away tears during the funeral service, which began with a hymn chosen by the queen herself: “The day you gave, Lord, is finished”.