Queen Elizabeth II was honored with a state funeral at Westminster Abbey, which additionally served because the backdrop for a number of necessary milestones from her reign as queen of England.
The late sovereign was laid to relaxation on Monday, September 19, with a ceremonial procession and repair at Westminster Abbey in London. The proceedings started because the Royal Navy introduced the queen’s casket from the Palace of Westminster to the Abbey on the State Gun Carriage. The royal household — together with King Charles III, the queen’s youthful youngsters and members of the brand new king’s family — adopted behind Her Majesty’s coffin earlier than the service was performed by the Dean of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Because the royals and visiting dignitaries — in addition to residents of the neighborhood acknowledged for his or her extraordinary volunteer efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic — mourned Elizabeth’s dying on Monday, its setting holds necessary significance to the late regent. Westminster Abbey was additionally the positioning of the queen’s June 1953 coronation when she was 27 years previous.
“It’s type of the beginnings of 1’s life as a sovereign,” Elizabeth mentioned in The Coronation documentary for the BBC, which aired in January 2018. “I’ve seen one coronation [my father George VI’s in 1937], and been the recipient within the different, which is fairly outstanding.”
She quipped on the time: “There are some disadvantages to crowns [like its weight] however in any other case they’re fairly necessary.”
Westminster Abbey additionally served because the setting for an additional monumental event in her life: Her marriage ceremony to Prince Philip. Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh — who died in April 2021 on the age of 99 — held their royal nuptials on the London church in November 1947.
The Gothic-style church was first constructed within the thirteenth century, and has since been the positioning of many late British monarchs’ burials by means of the years. Very like Elizabeth and Philip, a number of different members of the royal household have even held their very own weddings within the cathedral. Prince Andrew and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson — who cut up in 1992 — tied the knot at Westminster Abbey, almost 25 years earlier than Andrew’s nephew Prince William married Princess Kate there.
Following the queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey, the royals will journey in a hearse to St George’s Chapel in Windsor, England, for a committal service. The Windsor service was additionally the positioning of weddings for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, each in 2018. The royals later attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in its chapel final yr.
Whereas Philip — who served because the prince consort all through his spouse’s reign — didn’t have a state funeral as a result of coronavirus pandemic, his 4 youngsters — Charles, 73, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — attended alongside Elizabeth and the couple’s eight grandchildren.
“For me, within the months for the reason that dying of my beloved Philip, I’ve drawn nice consolation from the heat and affection of the various tributes to his life and work – from across the nation, the Commonwealth and the world,” the queen beforehand opened up about dropping her husband throughout her 2021 Christmas tackle. “His sense of service, mental curiosity and capability to squeeze enjoyable out of any state of affairs – had been all irrepressible. That mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as vivid on the finish as after I first set eyes on him. However life, in fact, consists of ultimate partings in addition to first conferences; and as a lot as I and my household miss him, I do know he would need us to get pleasure from Christmas.”