Tens of millions tune in to watch Queen Elizabeth State Funeral
On Monday, Monday 19th, the world bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral. The funeral will be held in London’s Westminster Abbey, where the Queen and her husband, Duke of Edinburgh, were married in 1946. Over one million people will visit London to pay their respects to the Queen. Many of these attendees include world leaders, heads of state, the royal family and members of the British government.
The interior of the abbey is draped in black to honour the Queen’s passing. The main body of attendees began filing into Westminster Abbey soon after 10am. Many representatives from around the world arrived hours before the start time to take their seats.
The Service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, with prayers said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park. The Choir of St George’s Chapel will sing during the Service.
Prior to the final Hymn, the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre will be removed from Her Majesty The Queen’s Coffin, and placed on the Altar. At the end of the final Hymn, The King will place The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on Her Majesty’s Coffin. At the same time, The Lord Chamberlain will “break” his Wand of Office and place it on the Coffin.
As The Queen’s Coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean of Windsor will say a Psalm and the Commendation before Garter King of Arms pronounces Her Majesty’s styles and titles.
The Sovereign’s Piper played a Lament and The Archbishop of Canterbury pronounced the Blessing. The National Anthem was sung at the conclusion of the Service.