The Final Farewell to Her Majesty The Queen – Westminster Abbey

The world stated goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II as we speak, in scenes not like any now we have seen for greater than seventy years.

Scenes most of us won’t expertise once more in our lifetimes. 

It was a day we knew was coming, however someway managed to keep away from fascinated about it till the fact was upon us. But actuality landed as we speak. It was a tough touchdown.  

The Queen’s lying-in-state ended at 6.30 this morning, and preparations had been underway for the procession bringing her coffin from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey. At the Abbey, company began arriving early, with royals and dignitaries from all over the world attending the State Funeral. Below, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (left) and Queen Jetsun Pema (2nd left) of Bhutan, Emperor Naruhito of Japan (middle), and his spouse, Empress Masako.

Below left, Queen Anne-Marie and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece. In the middle, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco.

A video displaying the Prime Ministers of the Realm as they arrived.

You can see on this photograph how the seats had been marked for company. 

Sarah Ferguson as she arrived on the Abbey.

Angela Kelly, the longtime aide, and confidante of the Queen, who was HM’s private assistant, advisor, and curator.

Lady Pamela Hicks (seated), one of many late Queen’s bridesmaids, and daughter of Lord Mountbatten, and her daughter, India Hicks (standing), was a bridesmaid on the wedding ceremony of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. 

In this picture, you see King Harald of Norway (far left), Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain, Queen Rania, and King Abdullah II of Jordan as they arrived.

From The Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander (middle), his mom, Princess Beatrix (left), and Queen Maxima (proper).

The Duke of Kent (L) and Prince Michael (R) are cousins to the Queen.

Mike and Zara Tindall. 

As company arrived at Westminster, members of the general public had been gathering in locations like Hyde Park, the place large display TVs had been arrange.

The Daily Mail reported there have been greater than 2 million individuals “in central London alongside procession routes and watching on large screens” as we speak.

Back to Westminster, right here you see the Middletons, Michael, and Carole, arriving.

Mike Tindall with James, Viscount Severn. 

 Lady Sarah Chatto. 

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. 

At exactly 10:44 am, the procession carrying the coffin left Westminster Hall and traveled to Westminster Abbey, the place the Queen was married and topped. It was carried to the Abbey on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy.

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About 140 sailors had been concerned in both pulling the gun carriage or marching behind to behave as a brake – in a practice courting again to the funeral of Queen Victoria.

As the procession moved off, the sounds of massed Pipes and Drums of Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas, and the Royal Air Force numbering 200 musicians stuffed the air.

Immediately following the coffin had been the King, members of the Royal Family and members of the King’s Household.

A better have a look at the sailors pulling the gun carriage. 

The custom goes again generations. 

The carriage was most lately utilized in 1979 for the funeral of Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle. Walking behind the coffin, the Bearer Party.

This reveals you the individuals in that group. 

Another video. 

King Charles and the Prince of Wales throughout the procession.

Clergy and different officiants await the procession. 

The coffin arrives on the Abbey.

Some of these within the official Bearer Party drove, following behind the procession, together with the Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte. Below, Princess Charlotte enters the Abbey.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the back of the Abbey with their mom. 

Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Princess of Wales, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex as they’re about to enter the procession.

The wreath on the coffin is manufactured from flowers and foliage from the gardens at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Highgrove House. The foliage was chosen for its symbolism: rosemary for remembrance; myrtle, the traditional image of a contented marriage, and reduce from a  plant that was grown from a sprig of myrtle in Her Late Majesty’s wedding ceremony bouquet in 1947; and English oak, symbolizing the power of affection.

At the King’s request, the wreath was made sustainably, with out floral foam, in a nest of English moss and oak branches. The card on high of the coffin is from the King, with the message, “In loving and devoted reminiscence, Charles R.”

The Queen’s coffin was draped within the royal normal, with the orb and sceptre.

From The Evening Standard’s coverage

The service, which might be led by the dean of Westminster, Dr David Hoyle, has begun, with the sermon being delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

He advised the congregation: “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.”

The Wessex household and Prince Andrew. 

A large shot contained in the Abbey.

The Right Honourable, the Baroness Scotland of Asthal KC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, learn the primary lesson. 

O loss of life, the place is thy sting? O grave, the place is thy victory? The sting of loss of life is sin; and the power of sin is the legislation. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory by way of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, all the time abounding within the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is just not in useless within the Lord. 

The congregation sang The Lord’s My Shepherd, a hymn additionally sung on the wedding ceremony of HM and the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Prime Minister Liz Truss learn the second lesson, from John 14: 1–9a.

Let not your coronary heart worry: ye consider in God, consider additionally in me. In my Father’s home are many mansions: if it weren’t so, I might have advised you. I’m going to organize a spot for you.

The choir then sang a brief anthem composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams for The Queen’s Coronation in  1953. 

Prince William and Prince George. 

This was adopted by the Precentor main the congregation in The Lord’s Prayer, saying, “In confidence and hope, allow us to pray to the Father within the phrases our Saviour taught us.” 

The Archbishop of Canterbury delivered the commendation.

Let us commend to the mercy of God, our maker and redeemer, the soul of Elizabeth, our late Queen. 

Go forth, O Christian soul, from this world, within the title of God the Father almighty, who created thee; within the title of Jesus Christ, Son of the residing God, who suffered for thee; within the title of the Holy Spirit, who was poured out upon thee and anointed thee. In communion with all of the blessed saints, and aided by the angels and archangels and all of the armies of the heavenly host, might thy portion at the present time be in peace, and thy dwelling within the heavenly Jerusalem. Amen.

The Dean pronounced the blessing: 

God grant to the residing grace; to the departed relaxation; to the Church, The King, the Commonwealth, and all individuals, peace and harmony, and to us sinners, life eternal; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and stay with you all the time. Amen.

The Last Post was sounded by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry, the identical musicians who carried out it on the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

This was adopted by a two-minute silence noticed in Westminster Abbey and throughout the United  Kingdom. After the silence, the nationwide anthem rings out throughout Westminster Abbey, together with a second verse. 

The Queen’s Piper, Warrant Officer Paul Burns, performed “Sleep, dearie, sleep,” a standard lament. 

Her Majesty’s coffin because the procession leaves the Abbey.

Another view. 

The Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, Countess of Wessex, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte as they exit the Abbey.

The Group continued to observe the procession get underway. 


Lady Frederick Windsor (née Sophie Winkleman), Lord Frederick Windsor (proper), and his mom, Princess Michael of Kent. 

Lady Gabriella Kingston and her husband, Thomas Kingston, as they left the Abbey.

Prince Michael of Kent, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex,  and Camilla, Queen Consort

Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands.

The Princess exits the Abbey with George and Charlotte to hitch the Queen Consort for the procession to Windsor.

Briefly, the Princess of Wales wore what seems to be an Alexander McQueen coatdress like an ivory type worn for the June 2021 G7 reception, then seen once more on the Platinum Jubilee Trooping the Colour parade. That gown is ivory, and naturally, as we speak’s design is black. Her jewellery included the identical necklace and earrings she wore to Prince Philip’s April funeral in 2021, designs that had been additionally worn by Diana, Princess of Wales. The four-strand pearl and diamond necklace was first famous when worn to a private party in 2017 celebrating the Queen and Prince Philips’s seventieth anniversary. The earrings had been the Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Drops, made out of pearls given to the Queen as a marriage present. The Princess wore a four-strand pearl bracelet seen on the State Dinner for the United States

This is the first of two posts. The second will cowl the outstanding procession to Windsor and the service at St. George’s Chapel. I’ll shut this publish with a darling (and quick) video of Prince George and Princess Charlotte displaying their respect. 


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