Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral – possibly one of the most watched events in history – is underway.
The queen’s coffin is currently at Westminster Abbey for the first service of the day, after being transported from Westminster Hall, where it has been left untouched since September 14, in a military procession The brief but epic was followed by senior members of the royal family, including the new monarch, King Charles III, and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, along with Prince Andrew , Princess Anne and Prince Edward.
Billions of people around the world are expected to tune in on this day – which is considered a public holiday in the UK – while hundreds of thousands of wise people line the streets of London (many have arrived). in the early hours of Monday) to pay tribute to the late queen, who served as head of state for 70 years.
The funeral will also see the largest gathering of leaders from in decades. Among the guests at Westminster Abbey were some 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries, including Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, who arrived in the UK on Saturday. On Sunday, King Charles III hosted a special reception for 1,000 guests, including world leaders, ambassadors and other royals at Buckingham Palace, in which guests will participate in country in a minute of silence – known as the National Moment of Meditation – to mourn the passing of the queen.
The service in the Abbey – the church where England’s kings and queens have historically been crowned and where Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip – is expected to last about 55 minutes and be led by the Chief of Staff. conducted by the faculty of Westminster David Hoyle. This is followed by a two-minute national silence, after which the walking procession will transport the coffin to the Wellington Arch in London’s Hyde Park Corner, where it will be loaded into a hearse and taken to Windsor. There, another procession will carry the coffin to the queen’s final resting place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Philip’s memorial service took place and where Prince Harry and Meghan were married. According to a televised ceremony at 4 p.m. local time, the queen will be interred in a private ceremony at the chapel later that day.
When she passed away peacefully at the age of 96 in Balmoral, Scotland on September 8, Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-reigning British monarch in history and the longest-serving female head of state in history. In 2017, she became the first British monarch to achieve a Sapphire Jubilee, marking 65 years in power. (She overtook Victoria in 2015 to become the longest-reigning British monarch ever.) Without a doubt, she’s also one of the most popular characters in the world, as well as one of the most portrayed characters on screen.
Her death has stirred emotions and filled with remembrance from around the world.
“The death of my beloved mother, the queen, is a moment of great sadness for me and all members of my family,” said King Charles, who ascended the throne shortly after her death, said in a statement. “We deeply mourn the passing of a respected king and dearly loved mother. I know her loss will be felt deeply through the country, kingdoms, and Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During this time of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our understanding of the deep respect and affection with which the queen has been so loved. “