Kings and queens, world leaders, tearful mourners lining the streets and gathered round screens bid a closing farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, as Britain’s longest-serving monarch was laid to relaxation in a historic funeral ceremony performed to navy precision at a scale by no means seen earlier than.
The UK noticed a two-minute silence in a poignant nationwide tribute on the conclusion of an imposing state funeral ceremony at Westminster Abbey right here, attended by 1000’s and witnessed by thousands and thousands on screens worldwide.
Within the congregation of round 2,000 made up of world leaders, royalty from the UK and abroad and group leaders, India was represented by President Droupadi Murmu and Overseas Secretary Vinay Kwatra.
The UK’s Nationwide Anthem, God Save the King’, rang out because the coffin was lifted out for the final leg of the journey to the late monarch’s closing resting place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Citadel, the place a
Committal Service concluded the public-facing facet of the funeral earlier than a personal burial ceremony on Monday night.
The Queen’s coffin then lowered into the Royal Vault in preparation for her closing resting place by the aspect of her late husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, in an enclave of the historic chapel on her south-east England property of Windsor.
We have now come collectively to commit into the arms of God the soul of his servant Queen Elizabeth, mentioned the Dean of Windsor, on the closing service ready in dialogue with the late monarch ?over various years.
The state funeral started as chimes of the Huge Ben fell silent and hymns rang out because the coffin of the late monarch was carried into Westminster Abbey on Monday morning.
The Huge Ben, the enduring London landmark housed within the Elizabeth Tower named after the late Queen, tolled each minute 96 occasions to mark every year of the late sovereign’s life as a procession led by King Charles III entered the historic eleventh century Abbey.
The coffin, draped with the Royal Normal, was adorned with flowers from the King’s royal properties and a private observe “in loving and devoted reminiscence” from him and the Devices of State ? made up of the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown and the orb and sceptre which had been gifted to the Queen at her coronation in the identical Abbey in 1953.
Right here, the place Queen Elizabeth was married and topped, we collect from throughout the nation, from the Commonwealth, and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to recollect her lengthy lifetime of selfless service, and in positive confidence to commit her to the mercy of God our maker and redeemer,? mentioned Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster who led the service.
With gratitude we bear in mind her dependable dedication to a excessive calling over so a few years as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth,” he mentioned.
“With admiration we recall her life-long sense of responsibility and dedication to her folks. With thanksgiving we reward God for her fixed instance of Christian religion and devotion. With affection we recall her love for her household and her dedication to the causes she held pricey, Hoyle mentioned.
The hour-long service included a set of conventional hymns and new items of choral music, created particularly for the event.
Classes from the Bible had been learn by Commonwealth Secretary-Basic Baroness Patricia Scotland and British Prime Minister Liz Truss, following which got here the hymn, ?The Lord’s My Shepherd’ which had additionally been sung on the wedding ceremony of the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947.
Her Late Majesty famously declared in a twenty first birthday broadcast that her complete life could be devoted to serving the nation and Commonwealth. Hardly ever has such a promise been so effectively saved. Few leaders obtain the outpouring of affection we have now seen, mentioned the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in his sermon.
“The grief of today felt not solely by the late Queen’s household however all around the nation, Commonwealth and world arises from her considerable life and loving service, now gone from us.
“She was joyful, current to so many, touching a mess of lives All who observe the Queen’s instance, and inspiration of belief and religion in God, can together with her say: ‘We are going to meet once more’,” he concluded, within the phrases of the late monarch’s memorable COVID pandemic lockdown broadcast.
Because the clock struck 11am native time, the Queen’s eldest son and inheritor Charles adopted the coffin which had been Mendacity-in-State at Westminster Corridor since final Wednesday ? in solemn procession, accompanied by his sons Princes William and Harry and siblings Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward.
William’s youngsters, nine-year-old Prince George and seven-year-old Princess Charlotte had been among the many youngest members of the royal procession, who walked between their dad and mom ? the Prince and Princess of Wales.
There was navy precision within the ceremony following days of rehearsals by the almost 6,000 armed forces personnel concerned within the grand ceremony.
The coffin was then borne in procession within the state gun carriage used for royal funerals in the direction of Wellington Arch in central London to be taken by the state hearse to Windsor.
The occasion was watched by thousands and thousands of individuals throughout the UK and all over the world. 1000’s lined streets and gathered in parks across the capital to hearken to the service, with many moved to tears.
It was the primary state funeral since Winston Churchill’s in 1965 and the largest ceremonial occasion since World Warfare II.
Queen Elizabeth II, 96, died peacefully at her Scottish residence of Balmoral Citadel on September 8 which marked the beginning of the state mourning interval within the UK, which has seen 1000’s prove for an unprecedented queue in London to file previous the late monarch’s coffin Mendacity-in-State.