© Reuters. LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: The Queen’s funeral is held aboard the Royal Navy’s State Gun Carriage passing along the Mall on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 2
By Michael Holden, Kate Holton and Alistair Smout
WINDSOR, England (Reuters) -Queen Elizabeth was laid to rest next to her beloved husband on Monday after a day that saw Britain and the world bid farewell to the nation’s longest-reigning monarch, in a pompous and ceremonial performance.
Between form and careful choreography, there are moments of raw emotion. At the end of the day, gray-faced King Charles held back tears, while grief etched into the faces of several members of the royal family.
Huge crowds have gathered on the streets of London and at Windsor Castle to witness grand processions and grand ceremonies.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, spoke to the congregation at the state funeral in majestic Westminster Abbey, where monarchs have been married, buried and crowned for the past 1,000 years.
Out of 2,000 churches https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/world-leaders-come-london-queen-elizabeths-fu tang-2022-09-12/ there are about 500 presidents, prime ministers, cities foreign royals. and dignitaries, including Joe Biden of the United States.
Outside, hundreds of thousands of people poured into the capital to honor Elizabeth, whose death at the age of 96 has filled people with gratitude for her 70 years on the throne.
Many others lined the route as the hearse carried her coffin from London to Windsor, throwing flowers, cheering and clapping as it passed from the city to the English countryside she so loved.
At St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, around 800 guests attended a more intimate ceremony of engagement with the crown, sphere and scepter – symbols of the king’s power and rule – being removed. out of the coffin and placed on the altar.
Lord Chamberlain, the most senior official in the royal family, then broke his ‘Ward of the Office’, signifying the end of his service to the sovereign, and placed it in the coffin after which slowly entered the royal vault.
As the congregation sang “God Save the King,” King Charles, who was facing a huge challenge to maintain the appeal of the monarchy as economic troubles broke out in Britain, seemed to be trying hold back tears.
It was in that vast building that the queen was photographed alone, mourning her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, during the pandemic, reinforcing her sense of a united king with her people. during the probationary period.
Later on Monday night, in a private family ceremony, the coffins of Elizabeth and Philip, who died last year at the age of 99, were moved from the vault to be buried together in the same chapel. where her father, King George VI, mother and sister. , Princess Margaret, rest in peace too.
At the state funeral, Welby told those present that the grief of so many across Britain and the wider world reflected the monarch’s “abundant life and loving service”. dying.
“Her late Queen famously announced on her 21st birthday broadcast that she would devote her whole life to serving the nation and the Commonwealth. Rarely are promises kept well. like that,” Welby said.
The music played at the queen’s wedding in 1947 and her coronation six years later played again. The casket with the inscription has been used in all state funerals since the early 18th century.
After the funeral, her flag-clad coffin was dragged by sailors through the streets of London on a gun carriage in one of the largest military processions seen in Britain, attended by thousands of townspeople. members of the armed forces wear ceremonial attire.
They danced to funeral music from the marching bands, while the city’s famous Big Ben charged every minute. Charles and other senior royals https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/royals-emotions-queen-show-through-ceremonial-pageantry-2022-09-19/ walked the track.
The coffin was taken from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and transferred to a hearse to Windsor, where a larger crowd waited patiently https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csjJVNo0u6A.
Among those arriving from across England and beyond, people climbed lampposts and stood on railings and ladders to catch a glimpse of the royal procession.
Some wore elegant black suits and skirts. Others wore hoodies, leggings and tracksuits. A woman with dyed green hair stands next to a man in a morning suit as they wait for the procession in London to begin.
Millions more watched on television at home on the holiday declared to be the occasion, the first time the funeral of a British monarch was televised https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/over -100-british-cinemas- big-city-screen-show-queens-tang-2022-09-17/.
Baldev Bhakar, 72, a jeweler from the nearby town of Slough, speaking outside Windsor Castle, said: “I’ve been coming to Windsor for 50 years.
“I’ve seen her many times over the years; it feels like she’s our neighbor and she’s just a lovely woman; a beautiful queen. It’s good to say goodbye once in a while. last with our neighbor.”
Elizabeth died on 8 September at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in the Scottish highlands.
Her health declined, and for months, her monarch, who had made hundreds of official engagements in the 90s, withdrew from public life.
However, in keeping with her sense of responsibility, she was photographed just two days before her death, looking weak but still smiling and holding a cane as she appointed Liz Truss as the 15th prime minister and also was his last prime minister.
Such is her longevity and her close association with England, that even her family finds her going through a shock.
“We all thought she was invincible,” Prince William told the wise.
As the 40th monarch in a line that dates back to 1066, Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952 and became Britain’s first post-imperial monarch.
She oversaw her nation trying to forge a new place in the world, and she was instrumental in the formation of the Commonwealth of Nations, now a grouping of 56 countries.
When she succeeded her father, George VI, Winston Churchill was her first prime minister and Josef Stalin led the Soviet Union. She has met major figures from politics, entertainment and sports including Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Pele and Roger Federer.
Though said to be 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall, she dominates the rooms with her presence and has become a towering global figure, hailing from Paris, Washington to Moscow and Beijing. National mourning was held in Brazil, Jordan and Cuba, countries with which she had little direct contact.
Welby said at the funeral: “Lovely servants are rare in any walk of life. “Leaders who serve lovingly are still rarer. But in any case, those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privilege are long forgotten.”
The Monastery’s high-pitched bell has been ringed 96 times. Among the hymns chosen for the ceremony was “The Lord my Shepherd”, sung at her wedding at the Abbey.
Among the royals following the coffin into the Abbey were the queen’s great-grandson and future king, Prince George, 9, and sister Charlotte, seven.
By the end of the ceremony, the church and much of the country were silent for two minutes. The trumpet sounded before the congregation sang “Christ the King”. Outside, the crowd joined in and burst into applause as the song ended.
The queen’s Piper ended the service with a lament called “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep”.
At Windsor, a similar, poignant end to the ceremony was with a lone man walking away, leaving the chapel in silence.
“I’ve been singing God Save the Queen all my life,” said John Ellis, 56, a military veteran who went to Windsor. “It’s going to be pretty hard to change now.”