A United Kingdom in pain will mourn the loss of their revered queen on Monday. Glitz and pageantry will be on the cards as tens of thousands line the streets of Britain’s capital and hundreds of millions attend the state funeral of Elizabeth II.
Monday’s ceremonies are the culmination of nearly two weeks of public arrangements, dubbed ‘Operation London Bridge’, honoring Elizabeth’s remarkable life – from a young princess who was not born to be queen, to a sovereign who redefined the role and won almost every year. admiration.
Following the Queen’s death at Balmoral on September 8, her coffin was brought from Scotland and moved to Westminster Hall in London in a mournful procession. She will rest there with great pomp until the morning of her funeral.
Crowds of mourners will flood the capital in hopes of witnessing the coffin – draped in the Royal Standard and bearing the Instruments of State – one last time before the Queen proceeds to her final resting place in St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Here’s everything you need to know about Britain’s farewell to one of its greatest monarchs of all time.
A more intimate burial service will be held at St. George’s Chapel at approximately 4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET), led by the Dean of Windsor. The royal family will gather here along with a congregation made up of members of the royal household, past and present, as well as personal staff who have worked on the private estates.
St. George’s should be a familiar place to many as it is where Prince Philip’s funeral was held last April, as well as more celebratory occasions like the nuptials of the Queen’s grandchildren.
At the end of the service, the Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault, located below the Chapel, where many members of the Royal Family were buried.
The service concludes public arrangements for the late monarch, however, a private funeral service will be held for the family later Monday evening. The Queen is to be buried with her late husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, located elsewhere in St. George’s.
The Memorial Chapel is where the Queen’s father and mother were buried. A coffin containing the ashes of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, is also there.
The Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, said last week that the orchestration of the event was “both humiliating and intimidating”. He added that Monday’s event was intended to “unite people around the world” and “pay fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign”.