Queen Elizabeth II’s body made its final journey as part of a grand state funeral to be laid to rest. Her Majesty’s body will later be buried at Windsor Castle after a private committal service.
The Queen’s coffin which was lying-in-state at Westminster Hall came to an end in the early morning, and the funeral service started at 11:00. Heads of state from across the world were in attendance. The Queen’s life-long sense of duty was remembered at her state funeral service, attended by 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen’s funeral service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby giving the sermon. Prime Minister Liz Truss read a lesson. The Queen’s coffin was drawn in a walking procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, at London’s Hyde Park Corner.
The Queen’s coffin was carried by seven groups, within the large procession their included British Army, Navy and RAF and also included the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. King Charles III and members of the Royal Family walking behind the Queen’s funeral carriage containing her coffin with the State Crown and Royal Standard, and also the Orb and Sceptre on the coffin. From the service in Westminster the hearse will travel to Windsor Castle. The Queen lived at Windsor Castle since the war years, and made it her permanent home during the coronavirus pandemic.
The hearse arrived in Windsor just after 15:00 and continued in walking procession up Windsor Castle’s Long Walk. The coffin will enter St George’s Chapel for a committal service, where the Royal Family regularly holds weddings, christenings and funerals.
The Queen’s committal service will be attended by 800 guests and will include traditions symbolising the end of her reign. The King will place the Queen’s company camp colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin and the Lord Chamberlain will “break” his wand of office.