Family Funeral: The Queen’s Coffin Is On Its Way To Windsor

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The Queen’s Chest is on its way to Windsor

London’s ceremonial procession, attended by hundreds of thousands to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II, has ended. The Queen is buried in a small circle in the Saint George Chapel in the evening. Her coffin is already being transported to the funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II’s casket arrived at the triumphal arch “Wellington Arch” after the procession en route from Westminister Abbey. At the Wellington Arch in the southeast corner of Hyde Park, he was loaded onto a hearse for transport to Windsor. For Londoners, who took to the streets by the hundreds of thousands to pay their last respects to their Queen during the procession, it is a farewell forever. Many waved and applauded as the hearse passed them.

During the procession, the Queen’s four children, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, as well as grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry, walked behind the flower-decorated coffin. King’s consort Camilla and Princess Kate followed in the car with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Duchess Meghan and Countess Sophie, wife of Prince Edward, were also in the car. The chest was covered with the royal standard, crown, sphere and scepter rested on it. The wreath of flowers on the coffin was engraved with the message “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R”, with the “R” standing for “Rex”, meaning king. The gun carriage, known as the gun carriage, on which it was transported, was pulled by 98 Marines.

Numerous other soldiers from Britain and Commonwealth countries, police officers and NHS health officials joined the funeral procession. The royals had previously bid the Queen farewell during a service at Westminster Abbey, along with about 2,000 guests, including hundreds of heads of state and government, crowned heads and dignitaries from around the world.

Funeral scheduled at 8:30 p.m.

The coffin is expected to arrive in Windsor at 4:06 p.m. CEST. He is then driven to the castle via the historic Long Walk, in the courtyard of which Charles III. and other senior royals rejoin the funeral procession around 4:40pm BST. The procession will arrive at St. George’s Chapel at 4:53 PM CEST.

A televised funeral service at St. George’s is attended by more than 800 guests, including members of the royal family and politicians, as well as former staff of the Queen. After the service, to the sound of the bagpipes and a blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the coffin is lowered into the Royal Tomb, closing the public part of the funeral. At the end of the ceremony, the national anthem “God Save the King” is sung.

Only close relatives will attend the Queen’s funeral at 8:30 p.m. CEST in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, a special section of the church. The Queen’s parents and her sister Princess Margaret are also buried there. Prince Philip’s coffin is now also being moved from the royal tomb to the memorial chapel. Prince Harry and Meghan were married in St. George’s Chapel in May 2018 and Prince Philip’s funeral service took place there in April 2021. The chapel is also regularly used for royal baptisms.

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