The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: the last farewell to the sovereign of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II: coffin headed for Windsor amidst crowd wings
To the sound of the national anthem, Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, which a few seconds earlier had been transferred from the military chariot to the hearse, left Wellington Arch for Windsor Castle where it will be buried in the afternoon. The coffin thus leaves London for the last time directed, between two wings of applauding crowd, to the place where she will rest forever. The ceremony took place under the gaze of the most high-ranking members of the royal family: the king and his brothers, but also those who followed the procession by car, including the queen consort Camilla and the princes George and Charlotte.
Elizabeth II: standing outside the palace, Buckingham staff greets her
Buckingham Palace staff lined up outside the gates to say goodbye to the queen as her coffin passed in front of the royal palace, during the coffin procession to Wellington Arch. The queen considered Buckingham Palace somewhat ‘like his office, unlike Balmoral Castle and Windsor Castle, with which he had more personal ties.
Elizabeth II: plays ‘God Save The King’, Carlo is moved
The funeral of Elizabeth II concludes with the sound of the British national anthem in its new version, ‘God Save The King. And Charles III was visibly moved.
Elizabeth II: Charles card, “in loving and devoted memory”
“In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.” It is the message on the card that accompanies the crown of flowers on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, handwritten by Charles III.
Elizabeth II: pomp and solemnity, procession in the heart of London
With a solemn procession in the heart of London, at the end of the state funeral, the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried in these minutes from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, from where the funeral court for Windsor Castle will depart. last rest of the sovereign. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police lead the procession, while the coffin rests on a Navy cannon cart, pulled by more than a hundred sailors to the sound of Scottish and Irish Regiment bagpipes, wearing their colorful ceremonial costumes. In the background, Big Ben, the famous bell in the tower of the Palace of Westminster, tolls at one-minute intervals. The procession also includes members of the armed forces of the United Kingdom and of the Commonwealth countries, representatives of the British police and the public health service (there is also May Parsons, the nurse who, for the first time ever, administered the first vaccine. COVID-19). There are thousands of people along the way and, when he passed Buckingham Palace, even the staff in line outside greeted the queen for the last time. The procession is followed on foot by Charles III along with the other male members of the Royal Family, while the queen consort, Camilla, the Princess of Wales, Kate, and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, follow the procession by car. Princes George and Charlotte are also in the car with their mother
Elizabeth II: small spider on coffin unleashes web enthusiasm
Unaware of the worldwide media attention, a small spider made its surprise ‘exit’ at the funeral of Elizabeth II: probably sprouted from flowers, it trotted quietly on King Charles’s note to his mother, placed on the queen’s coffin. There were many who noticed its presence and photographed it, on live television, relaunching it on the web. “The luckiest spider in the world”, an adoring subject ‘chirped’.
Elizabeth II: archbishop, “At the service of the country, who more than her”
“On her 21st birthday, Queen Elizabeth II promised to serve the country and the Commonwealth, rarely has a promise been better kept”. Thus the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in the funeral elegy at the funeral of Elizabeth II. “She was joyful. She Present to many, and she has touched many lives”.
Elizabeth II: moved crowd in Hyde Park, all standing
All standing in Hyde park. Upon the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster, the thousands and thousands of people who have been waiting for hours for the funeral broadcast on the maxi screens set up in London’s park stood up for the ultimate homage to the sovereign. The images of the arrivals of the royal family, of Premier Liz Truss, of the greats of the world had not warmed the minds in the lawn and a few hundred meters from Buckingham palace. But when the coffin was carried on the shoulders out of Westminster Hall, many tears streaked the faces of women and men sitting on the grass in an impromptu picnic. Then the queen entered the abbey which saw her become first wife then queen. And in an instant a crowd of thousands of people stood up, in unison, many with bowed heads. A few minutes, then fatigue prevailed and everyone sat down again. The ceremony and the procession that will follow will be long and those lucky enough to have a small patch of land to sit on will take advantage and rest a little. Many remain standing, they are those who, arriving late, have found nothing more than a few centimeters of space to follow the funeral of the century.
Elizabeth II: on a coffin, ticket and flowers ‘echo’ of King Charles
On the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, covered by the royal banner, there is a wreath collected in some of the royal residences, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove. But there is also a personal message from the new monarch, written by hand. The king also wanted another detail: foam was not used to compose the crown of flowers, but a ‘nest’ of moss and oak, at the request of Charles, who is notoriously attentive to the environment. Cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House – all homes the Queen loved, the latter the king’s ‘retreat’ in Gloucershire – the flowers and foliage were chosen for their symbolism. Myrtle, a symbol of happy and lasting marriage as was that of the Queen with Philip of Edinburgh, was cut from a plant grown from a sprig that was in Elizabeth II’s bridal bouquet.
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