October 3, 2022

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Farewell to Elizabeth II: This is how the Queen’s funeral unfolds


Overview

Status: 09/19/2022 1:29 pm

The Queen’s funeral was the most mourning Britain had seen in a long time. It follows a precisely defined plan. An overview of the schedule of celebrations, timings and content.

Prologue: Laying and End of Procession

The four-day casket work was completed in the morning with a public farewell. The coffin was carried in a procession from Westminster Hall of Parliament to nearby Westminster Abbey in a carriage pulled by 98 sailors.

Behind the coffin: King Charles III. and his three siblings, as well as heir apparent William and his brother Harry. At Westminster Abbey, William’s eldest children, Prince George, nine, and his sister Charlotte, two years younger, walked with their mother behind the coffin.

Worship Service at Westminster Abbey

The funeral procession at Westminster Abbey began at about 12 o’clock. Among the guests were US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Japanese Emperor Naruhito with their respective counterparts. The ceremony was also attended by living former Prime Ministers and current British Prime Minister Liz Truss.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian President Sergio Mattarella were on the guest list, as were Ireland’s Prime Minister Michael Martin, EU Commission President Ursula van der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel. Israeli President Isaac Herzog and his counterparts from Turkey, Brazil and South Korea, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Jair Bolsonaro and Yoon Suk Yeol were also invited.

Russia’s representatives were not invited. Moscow called it a “blasphemy to the memory of Elizabeth II.” and “profound immorality”. According to reports from London, no invitations were sent to Belarus or Myanmar, which were ruled by a military junta and were once British colonies. North Korea, Afghanistan and Syria were also not represented.

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The service was led by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave the homily.

The nearly hour-long ceremony at Westminster Abbey ended with two minutes of silence and “The Last Post,” the national anthem, and the signal “Sleep, dear, sleep,” performed by the Queen’s bagpiper.

Procession to Wellington Arch

The coffin was then taken in procession from the church to Wellington Arch. The route runs from the Houses of Parliament through White Hall and Horse Guards Parade Ground along The Mall and past Buckingham Palace and Green Park.

Big Ben sounded throughout the procession and a gun salute was fired in Hyde Park. around 14 hours target The coffin arrives at Wellington Arch. There he is transferred to a hearse for transport to Windsor. The soldiers bid farewell to the Queen with a military salute and the national anthem. The royal family then moved to Windsor.

Blessing and burial at Windsor

On entering Windsor, the coffin joins another procession moving slowly along the Long Walk, a long avenue towards Windsor Castle. In the courtyard of the castle, the royal family joins the funeral procession, which then proceeds to St. George’s Church.

The funeral service begins at St. George’s Church 17 hours. In addition to the royal family, members of the royal family and the heads of government of the countries where Elizabeth II was head of state and the governor generals who represented them also participated.

The service will be led by the Dean of Windsor, David Connor. Before the last hymn, the crown, scepter and orb are removed from the coffin and placed on the altar. The coffin is then lowered into the royal mausoleum. The National Anthem ends the service.

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The queen will find her final resting place 8.30 am King George VI at a private funeral at Side Chapel, alongside her husband Prince Philip, who died last year.

The first is telecasting the mourning program in a special program till 5 pm.