WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The world pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, as the United Kingdom holds a state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday, September 19.
The queen, who reigned for 70 years, died peacefully at her home in Scotland on September 8 at the age of 96.
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In Westminster Abbey, the deafening sound of silence to honor Queen Elizabeth
WESTMINSTER ABBEY, London – As the last notes of the poignant Last Post trumpet fanfare echoed around the vaulted ceilings of London’s historic Westminster Abbey, a deep silence pervaded the majestic gothic cathedral.
In the building where for a thousand years the monarchs of England and later Britain have been crowned, buried and married, presidents, prime ministers, kings, queens, sultans and an emperor stood still, heads bowed.
World leaders and dignitaries from about 200 countries and territories, some openly hostile to each other, united briefly for two minutes of silence in a show of tribute at the state funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.
There was no shuffling of feet, barely a cough.
“Few leaders receive the outpouring of love we have seen,” Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican Communion, said in his sermon. The grief of the day was shared not only by those in Britain but across the world, he said.
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Life goes on in Britain after the queen is buried
LONDON, United Kingdom – Central London became a maze of mourners Monday morning, September 19, all wanting to secure a spot along the procession route of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
Some had camped out overnight at The Mall, a long stretch of road near the Buckingham Palace, a road that, as the voice on the speaker ringing through the area said, Her Majesty had traversed herself all too many times before.
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Loyal to the last, queen’s corgis and pony watch her pass
WINDSOR, United Kingdom – Queen Elizabeth’s black pony Emma watched the monarch’s funeral procession pass by in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where it was held on a lead by a groomsman.
The queen’s two corgis, Sandy and Muick, were also brought out for the arrival of the coffin at the castle, where Elizabeth was to be buried later in the day following a grand state funeral.
Held on leashes by palace staff, the dogs patiently waited in the forecourt of the castle.
The queen, who died this month aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, had a lifelong love of corgis and horses and enjoyed riding throughout her life. Her second son, Prince Andrew, will now take care of the dogs.
Queen’s final resting place is a small chapel in historic Windsor Castle
WINDSOR, England – At the end of a state funeral watched by millions of people the world over, Queen Elizabeth was being brought home to her beloved Windsor Castle to be buried in a small chapel in a private ceremony.
Originally built by William the Conqueror after the Norman conquest in 1066, Windsor Castle has been rebuilt and remodelled over the centuries but is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.
Just outside London, it was the queen’s main weekend retreat and in the later years of her reign her preferred home.
A huge fire there in 1992 caused much damage, capping what the queen called her “Annus Horribilis” (Horrible Year), which saw a string of scandals hit the royal family.
Windsor Castle is the resting place of more than a dozen English and British kings and queens. Most are buried in St. George’s Chapel, including Henry VIII, who died in 1547, and Charles I, who was beheaded in 1649.
The queen will be buried at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is next to the quire of the main St George’s Chapel. She commissioned the memorial chapel in 1962 and named it for her father.
King George and his wife, the Queen Mother, are interred there, along with their younger daughter Princess Margaret.
Much of the music to be used at the service was composed or arranged by William Henry Harris, organist at the chapel between 1933 and 1961. He is thought to have taught the queen the piano as a child.
The queen, then princess, and her husband Prince Philip were installed as members of the Order of the Garter – Britain’s most senior order of chivalry – at St George’s Chapel in 1948.
Living Knights of the Garter have banners displaying their arms hung in the chapel. These are taken down when they die, but a brass “stallplate” remains as a memorial.
Queen Elizabeth attended the Maundy Service, when money is distributed to people who have done great work for their communities, at the chapel in 1959, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
St George’s Chapel hosted the funerals of Philip, the queen’s father, her grandfather George V, and great-grandfather Edward VII.
Her grandson Prince Harry was baptised there, and married there in 2018. Prince William, now heir to the throne, was confirmed there.
The coffin of Prince Philip, who died on April 9, 2021, last year, has been stored in a Royal Vault so that he can be buried alongside the queen.
Huge crowds follow queen’s funeral in silence and awe
LONDON, United Kingdom – The tens of thousands gathered in central London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth fell silent and bowed their heads on Monday, September 19, to follow her funeral service in Westminster Abbey and watch the procession of her coffin afterwards through the city.
Some watching in Hyde Park dabbed their eyes and others sobbed during the service, while later children were hoisted in the air or put on parents’ shoulders to see her coffin pass.
There was also applause among the crowd for a grand state funeral of pageantry and rousing music that captured how many felt for the queen, who died on September 8 aged 96. She had been on the throne for 70 years, meaning most Britons have known no other monarch.
“I find it hard to express in words what we just witnessed. This was really special and memorable,” said Camilla Moore, 53, from Nottingham. “It was terribly sad. So very, very sad. The end of an era.”
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