Queen Elizabeth II Funeral: Coffin Buried in a Private Service at Windsor

Several world leaders, including President Droupadi Murmu, attended the funeral service.

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Queen Elizabeth II Funeral: Coffin Buried in a Private Service at Windsor

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Queen Elizabeth II Funeral Live: After the end of the Queen's committal service on Monday, 19 September, her coffin was buried in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in a private service in the presence of King Charles III and his relatives.

United Sates President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Indian President Droupadi Murmu was among hundreds of foreign royals and leaders from across the world who attended.

Eighteen members of the Queen's family, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, were present at the funeral.

Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, led the funeral but the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave the sermon and the commendation, BBC reported.


Queen Elizabeth Buried Next to Her Husband

Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest next to her husband Prince Philip in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in a private service in the presence of King Charles III and his relatives.


Coffin Lowered Into Vault

After the committal service ended, Queen Elizabeth's coffin was lowered into the royal vault in St George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, awaiting burial.


Committal Service Begins

The hearse delivered the Queen's coffin to Windsor Castle for the service, which is being led by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner.

"We have come together to commit into the hands of God the soul of his servant Queen Elizabeth. In the midst of our rapidly changing and frequently troubled world, her calm and dignified presence has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and with hope," he said.


Coffin Arrives at Windsor

The Queen's coffin arrived at Windsor on the State Hearse which joined the awaiting procession. Now, a committal service will take place at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Subsequently, the Queen's coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault after which a private family service will be held.

The Queen will be buried together with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI memorial chapel inside St George's Chapel.


Royal Hearse Departs For Windsor

The State Hearse will now take the Queen's coffin to Windsor for a committal service at St George’s Chapel at 8:30 pm IST (16:00 BST), where close to 800 guests are expected.

The Queen will be buried in a private family service following the committal service.

Members of the parade gave a royal salute and the national anthem was played as the hearse departed.

The King and Queen Consort, with other senior royals will now travel by car.


Coffin Transferred to the Hearse

The Queen's coffin was lifted from the State Gun Carriage and was placed in the State Hearse. The coffin was lifted by a party made up of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.


Procession Reaches Wellington Arch

The procession reached the Wellington Arch after a solemn march for around 45 minutes.

The Wellington Arch was built in the 1820s and was used as an entrance to Buckingham Palace. However, it was moved to its present location 60 years later, marking the Duke of Wellington's defeat of Napoleon.


Queen Elizabeth’s Coffin Starts Journey to Final Resting Place

King Charles, his sons William and Harry and other senior royals joined a procession behind Queen Elizabeth's coffin, which begun its journey to the final resting place through the silent streets of London on Monday, following a state funeral of matchless pageantry at Westminster Abbey, Reuters reported.


Wreath Has Plant Grown From Queen's Wedding  

The wreath laid on top of the Queen's coffin contains myrtle from a plant grown from the Queen's wedding bouquet.


Queen's Coffin Leaves The Abbey

The Queen's coffin left Westminster Abbey and will be pulled back on the State Gun Carriage which brought the coffin for the funeral service.


Coffin To Be Taken to Windsor

Following the end of Queen Elizabeth's funeral, her coffin will be taken away for committal and burial at Windsor.


National Anthem Brings Service to An End 

The National Anthem was sung at Westminster Abbey, following which a lament from the Queen’s piper brought the service to an end.


Two Minutes' Silence

The Last Post, sacred anthem of remembrance, was played by four state trumpeters.

Two minutes silence was observed throughout the abbey and the United Kingdom as the funeral gradually draws to a close


Archbishop of Canterbury Gives Commendation

The Archbishop of Canterbury gave the commendation, which is a prayer which entrusts the soul of the deceased to God.

He said, "We entrust the soul of Elizabeth, our sister here departed, to thy merciful keeping, in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life."


Members of the armed forces march during the funeral procession for Queen Elizabeth II in London.

(Photo: PTI)


Archbishop of Canterbury Begins the Sermon

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said "The pattern for many leaders is to be exalted in life and forgotten after death. The pattern for all who serve God - famous or obscure, respected or ignored - is that death is the door to glory."

"Her late Majesty famously declared in a 21st birthday broadcast that her whole life would be dedicated to serving the nation and Commonwealth. Rarely has such a promise been so well kept."


UK PM Liz Truss Reads From Scripture

Prime Minister Liz Truss reads a prayer at Queen's funeral. She reads from the Gospel According to John: "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me," reported BBC.

The passage concerns Jesus Christ's promise to his followers of a place in heaven.


Funeral Service Begins

The funeral service begun after the Queen's coffin was placed at Westminster Abbey's high alter.

Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, is leading the funeral but the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will give the sermon and the commendation, BBC reported.

The commendation is the ceremonial moment when the Queen is entrusted to God.


Queen's Coffin Arrives at Westminster Abbey

The procession carrying the Queen's coffin and reached Westminster Abbey's West Gate.

Once inside the building, the coffin will placed on a platform before the high altar


Queen's Coffin Leaves Westminster Hall

The Queen's coffin, pulled by the State Gun Carriage, left Westminster Hall.

The journey, which will take around eight minutes, will see the gun carriage being pulled by 142 Royal Navy sailors and six officers.


Funeral To Begin in 30 Minutes

There is just under half an hour to go until Queen Elizabeth's funeral service begins at 3:30 pm IST (11:00 BST).

At 3:14 pm, (10:44 BST), the Queen’s coffin will leave Westminster Hall, a part of the Palace of Westminster and will be moved to Westminster Abbey.

The Queen will be pulled to the West gate for the Abbey by the State Gun Carriage pulled by members of the Royal Navy.


Former PMs Arrive at the Abbey

BBC reported that former Prime Ministers John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Theresa May, Davis Cameron and Boris Johnson, with their respective spouses arrived at Westminster Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth had 15 Prime Ministers during her reign, ranging from Winston Churchill through to Liz Truss, who was appointed by the Queen just two days before her passing.


US President Biden Arrives 

United Sates President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, 19 September, in London's Westminster Abbey.


Westminster Abbey Bell Tolls 96 Times

Westminster Abbey’s tenor bell begun tolling once a minute for 96 minutes reflecting the years of Queen Elizabeth’s life.

"The tenor bell is the largest of the Abbey’s ten bells and is traditionally tolled upon the death of a member of the Royal Family," Westminster Abbey tweeted.


Royal Family Releases Order 

The Royal Family, on Twitter, shared the Order of Service for the Queen's funeral which is set to take place at 3:30 pm on Monday. The Order of Service is the programme of events for any religious ceremony. 


Paris Renames Metro Station

The Paris Metro renamed one of its stations after Queen Elizabeth II in honour of the British Monarch.


Which World Leaders Will Attend the Funeral?

United States President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden travelled to London for the funeral, and are expected to attend alongside French President Emanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Kenya's Willam Ruto will also attend.

Meanwhile, Russia, Belarus and Syria have been excluded, BBC reported.


Final Public Members Pay Respects 

The final members of the public pay their respects at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereigns orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall.


125 Cinemas To Screen Funeral 

Cinemas in the United Kingdom will mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth and around 125 cinemas will open to screen the funeral without any cost of admission.


Japanese Emperor Pays Respect

Japanese Emperor Naruhito pays his respect to Queen Elizabeth's coffin at Westminster Hall, in London.


President Murmu Pays Respect

President Droupadi Murmu paid her respects to Queen Elizabeth II during her lying-in-state at Westminster Hall, in London.

She is set to attend the funeral on Monday.

Murmu also met King Charles III at a state event at Buckingham Palace and arrived in London on Saturday to attend the funeral.

King Charles III at an official state event, a day before Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, at Buckingham Palace

(Photo: PTI) 


What Is the Schedule?

Following the state funeral, the first one that Britain will see in over six decades, the funeral procession will leave for Wellington Arch, and the casket will be placed in a hearse and taken to the St George's Chapel at the Windsor Castle, where a televised committal service will be held.

Later in the day, a private family service will be held, during which the Queen will be buried with her late husband, Prince Phillip, at the St George's Chapel.

As a mark of respect, several businesses have announced that they will shut shop on Monday, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi, and Primark, as per The Guardian.


Who All Are Expected To Attend?

Apart from President Murmu, several dignitaries from across the world will attend the funeral service, including United States President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, among others.

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