Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: Ceremony starts soon – guest list causes discussions

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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place on Monday (September 19). The ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey. The news ticker for the Queen’s funeral.

Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: “George now understands how important his grandmother was”

Update from September 19, 09:52: As previously announced, Kate and William’s eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will attend the funeral service. They are supposed to drive to Westminster Abbey with Kate and the Queen Consort Camilla. A Royal Family insider is said to have told the DailyMail: “As parents, Kate and William have thought long and hard about whether George and Charlotte should really come along. Ultimately, it was a collective family decision. Louis is of course still too young, but they think the two are ready.” The source also explains, “George now understands how important his grandmother was.”

Update from September 19, 09:26: Members of the King’s Guard and soldiers have already entered Westminster Abbey where the funeral service will be held. Shortly thereafter, the first visitors dressed in black passed the entrance control, as could be seen on television pictures on Monday: the church opened its doors at 9 a.m. One of the first was British cabinet member Nadhim Zahawi.

Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: train disruption near Windsor

Update from September 19, 09:00: Just a few minutes before the ceremony begins, public transport is disrupted on a key transport route. According to the dpa, damage to the overhead line is hindering the connections between Paddington station and Slough, west of London. With Slough being in close proximity to Windsor, the disruption is likely to affect many mourners. According to the British news agency PA, the route from the airport to central London is also affected.

‘Honored’: Last citizen bids farewell to Queen

Update from September 19, 8:40 a.m.: Immediately before the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s public viewing, Chrissy Heerey was the last mourner to bid farewell to the dead Queen. Television images showed Heerey bowing to the closed coffin at Westminster Hall early Monday morning. “I was the last person to pay my respects to the Queen and it felt like a real privilege to do so,” the British Air Force member said afterwards. “It’s one of the highlights of my life and I’m honored to be here,” Heerey said.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: the guest list causes controversy

Update from September 19, 08:21: In addition to the Royal Family, the guest list for the Queen’s funeral includes important heads of state from all over the world. While the Russian government has not received an invitation to the funeral, Brazil and Saudi Arabia are expected to arrive, as well as President Jair Bolsonaro and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is not yet clear whether they will actually be present.

Bin Salman has been accused of involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which is why Khashoggi’s fiancé, Hatic Cengiz, told the Guardian she felt it was a “disgrace” to the Queen’s memory.

An expensive funeral: British taxpayers have to dig deep into their pockets

Update from September 19, 07:49: The Queen’s State Funeral is a huge event that brings the whole of England to a standstill. But with the huge expense of guards, travel, helicopter flights, there are also some costs that are financed by the British taxpayer.

According to an estimate by the Evening Standard, the funeral, additional holidays and forthcoming coronation of King Charles III. cost billions of pounds. “The Economic Times” is more specific and names a sum of around six billion pounds. This does not include the costs for the changes that occur at the organizational level.

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin: a custom-made lead

Update from September 19, 07:22: At 06:30 local time (07:30 CEST) the last citizen will be able to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II before the building closes to the public and the state funeral begins.

According to the Times, the coffin in which the Queen is buried was made at least 32 years ago from English oak, a wood that is rarely used today. Following a royal tradition, the coffin is lined with lead. This will help preserve the body longer after its burial. It seals the coffin airtight so that no moisture can penetrate. The disadvantage: the coffin is so heavy that a total of eight pallbearers are needed. In addition to the lead lining, the coffin also has a particularly stable lid on which to place the royal crown, scepter and orb.

Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: Prince George and Princess Charlotte are also there

Update from September 19, 6:20 a.m.: The big day has come: Queen Elizabeth II is buried today. Nothing is left to chance at today’s ceremony – the Queen herself planned her funeral. At 7:30 a.m., the doors of Westminster Hall will be closed, marking the end of the four-day coffin laying in state.

The ceremony begins at 11:44 a.m. The coffin is carried to nearby Westminster Abbey by a gun carriage pulled by 98 marines. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be present as Germany’s representative. Finally, on Monday evening, the Queen will be buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The church is the seat of the traditional Order of the Garter, the burial place of English monarchs and the scene of numerous royal weddings and baptisms.

Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) will attend the funeral service for their great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II this Monday. This emerges from the program of the service in Westminster Abbey, which was published on Sunday evening. Accordingly, the two older children of Prince William and Princess Kate (40) join the procession behind the coffin inside the church. Around 2,000 guests, including heads of state and government and crowned heads from all over the world, are expected to attend the funeral service as part of the state funeral.

The Queen’s funeral: The course of the ceremony – Prince Phillip is also transferred to a new grave

First report from September 18th: London – Since Wednesday (September 14th) the coffin of the queen laid out in Westminster Hall in the London Parliament. Thousands of Londoners have already come to pay their last respects to Elizabeth II. This will be possible for the last time on Monday morning, because the big state funeral will take place around noon. State guests from all over the world are expected. The funeral will be broadcast on screens and in cinemas across the country.

The State Funeral is considered to be one of the biggest international events to take place in the British capital and British royal family experienced in the past decades. In advance there was already speculation about the guests of the ceremony. It has not yet been decided whether the second in line to the throne, Prince George, will take part. Megan and Harryfor whom there will be an exception to the uniform rule, are expected alongside the other members of the Royals in any case.

Queen’s funeral: Biden and Trudeau have already arrived

US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived in London over the weekend.

Around 11 a.m. (local time) the ceremony will begin on Monday. The funeral will take place according to the Queen’s personal wishes. The process looks like this:

  • Procedure of the Queen’s funeral
  • Until 6.30 a.m. (local time): The coffin remains in state in Westminster Hall.
  • Just after 10.35am (local time): Bearers carry the Queen’s coffin from his catafalque in Westminster Hall and to a carriage outside the north gate of the building. This will be pulled from 10.44 a.m. by 142 young marines with ropes.
  • Funeral service at 11 a.m (Local time): Westminster Abbey can accommodate up to 2,200 people. In addition to members of the royal family, mourners include British Prime Minister Liz Truss and several predecessors, as well as more than a hundred queens, kings and other heads of state. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife will represent Germany. The service ends with the national anthem and funeral music.
  • 12.15 p.m. (local time): After the funeral service, the coffin is driven to St. George’s Chapel.
  • Funeral service at 4 p.m (Local time): A funeral service in St. George’s (5:00 p.m. CEST) is attended by more than 800 guests, members of the royal family and politicians as well as former Queen employees.
  • Funeral at 7:30 p.m (Local time): Only close family members will attend the Queen’s funeral in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, a special part of the church. Prince Philip’s coffin is now also being transferred from the royal tomb to the memorial chapel.

This ends the Queen’s funeral after her death on September 8 at the age of 96. More than 10,000 members of the British military will be at work at Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. “It’s tremendous,” Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Tony Radakin said BBC. Everything else You can read important information about the funeral here.(chd/dpa)

Sources used: dpa, The Economic Times, Evening Standard, BBC

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