A nationwide two-minute silence will be held shortly before the state funeral Queen Elizabeth II wraps up on Monday, palace officials revealed.
The meticulously planned arrangements were made to be a fitting farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, and you’ll see King Charles III and members of the royal family walk behind the coffin once again as it is transported from the heart of the British Parliament to Westminster Abbey for an hour-long service.
Speaking on behalf of the many agencies and departments involved in the funeral, Earl Marshall, Duke of Norfolk, said the organization of the event was “humble and intimidating”.
He added that it aims to “unite people around the world and find resonance with people of all faiths, while fulfilling the wishes of Her Majesty and her family in a fitting tribute to an extraordinary ruler.”
the Queen He died a week ago She is 96 years old in her country house at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Heads of state, members of the royal family and dignitaries from around the world descend on the English capital to join the royal family in honoring the Queen’s life and unwavering service to the nation and Commonwealth next week.
While no official guest list has been published, invitations sent. our president Joe Biden He was among the first to confirm his attendance at the event in London, which is expected to attend 2,000 people.
outline the palace What to expect during the festivities on Monday For the late king at a briefing on Thursday.
On the day of the funeral at about 10:35 a.m. (5:35 a.m. ET), the coffin will be lifted from the casket where it was resting by a carrier party founded by the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion of the Bomb Guard, and carried in procession from Westminster Hall to the affiliated cannon carrier. For the Royal Navy, a senior palace official said.
The cannon cart has also been used at the funerals of previous kings, including those of King Edward VII, King George V, and King George VI. It was also used at the funerals of Winston Churchill, the Queen’s first prime minister, and her cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten.
By tradition, the Venetian chariot will set out at 10:44 a.m. and will be drawn by 142 ranks of Royal Navy, service personnel, according to a senior palace official.
It will then be processed into a short ride from New Palace Yard to Westminster Abbey, which will be lined up by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The procession will be led by a pipe-and-drum crowd from the Scottish and Irish Regiments, Gurkha Brigade, and the Royal Air Force with musicians totaling 200.
The King, members of the royal family and members of the King and Prince of Wales families will follow directly behind the coffin.
For the voyage, the coffin will be surrounded by its carrier, pallbearers found from the service equipment to the Queen, as well as detachments of the King’s bodyguards from the Legion of Gentlemen in Arms, the Two Days of the Guards and the Royal Company of Archers.
The service will be conducted by Reverend David Howell, Dean of Westminster, at Westminster Abbey, beginning at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. ET).
UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General, will read the lessons. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will give a sermon.
Near the end of the service, at about 11:55 a.m., the last post will appear before remaining silent for two minutes.
The state funeral will be concluded by Queen Piper, who at noon (7 a.m. ET) will play Revels, the National Anthem and Lamentations.
After the state funeral, the coffin will be moved from the hall to Wellington Arch – again with King Charles III leading some royals on foot behind him, while Camilla, Queen Consort and others follow by car – before making its final trip out of London to Windsor.
its destination: St. George’s Churchwithin the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the referral service will take place at approximately 4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET), conducted by Dean Windsor. Prince Philip’s funeral was also held there in 2021.
The Crown Jeweler will attend and, before the final chant, will remove the Imperial State Crown, the Germanic Ball and Puck, which will later be returned to the Tower of London.
At the conclusion of the service, the Queen’s coffin will be lowered in the Royal Vault below the chapel.
A private burial service for the family will be held later, and the Queen will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip, 73, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel. It is located elsewhere in St George, where the Queen’s father and mother were also buried, and where the ashes of her sister Margaret remained.
Mourners queued for hours for their opportunity to file in front of the Queen’s casket in Westminster Hall and to offer their compliments. The number of visitors has been steadily increasing since the doors opened to the public on Wednesday evening.
By lunchtime on Thursday, the line had stretched about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) along the Thames past Tower Bridge, according to the Official tracker.
As Buckingham Palace said so Queen Elizabeth II The children were holding a vigil around her coffin on Friday evening, similar to what happened A guard at St Giles’ Cathedral In Scotland earlier this week.
Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward around the coffin will be joined by King Charles III.
The palace also revealed that the king will host a reception for visiting heads of state at Buckingham Palace on Sunday, before the state funeral.
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