The Queen’s coffin secret under the cloth: special lead paneling makes it weigh 300 kilos

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A grand state funeral bids farewell to the Queen. Her coffin has a few peculiarities and is already quite old. It seems unclear who built it.

London – It took eight pallbearers to carry the coffin Queen at the state funeral into the hearse and later into the chapel. No wonder, because the sarcophagus of Queen Elizabeth II weighs an impressive 300 kilograms. A royal undertaker revealed what is hidden under the red and yellow cloth and the royal insignia and why it is so heavy Times.

Queen’s Coffin Mystery: British oak and lead paneling – the distinctive features of the royal coffin

The Queen’s coffin made its final journey on Monday (September 19). For the state funeral, the mighty oaken coffin was once again laid out in Westminster Abbey. the royal family, including George and Charlotte, bid farewell to the monarch. The coffin was then first pulled by sailors and then transported in an open hearse to Windsor Castle, where the Queen is to be laid to rest in St. George’s Chapel.

Like the hearse, the Queen’s coffin is not a shelf item. The shrine was made especially for her at least 32 years ago, according to information from the Times. It is made from English oak. This wood is now being used less and less. And the brass handles of the coffin became loud too Times specially designed for royal coffins. “It’s not something you can do in one day,” said Andrew Leverton, director of the royal funeral home. Inside is the coffin, a tradition of british royals following, provided with lead, which makes him particularly heavy.

The Queen's coffin is carried into St George's Chapel by eight bearers.  He has some peculiarities.
The Queen’s coffin is carried into St George’s Chapel by eight porters. He has some peculiarities. © Kirsty Wigglesworth/dpa

The coffin also has a particularly stable lid. Finally, during the laying out and the Windsor procedure, the wood must bear the insignia of the Queen: the crown, the orb and the sceptre. And there was also a small, intimate letter from the current King Charles on the coffin.

Queen’s coffin: undertaker reveals the secret of the lead paneling – but he doesn’t seem to know who made the coffin

The lead lining of the Queen’s coffin has the function of further delaying the process of decomposition. “This lead insert is hermetically sealed to prevent odors from escaping. Oxygen and fluid exchange is thus stopped,” says an undertaker RTL. This helps preserve the body longer after it is buried in a crypt. In the case of the Queen at Windsor Castle. Also the coffin of Prince Philip has such a lead lining.

As the Times reported, the coffins of the two were not commissioned around a few years ago. The order dates back at least 32 years. At that time, the London company Leverton & Sons did not yet manage the funeral business of the royals. According to the company, it does not know who made the Queen’s coffin Times. According to the district newspaper However, the production is said to have been taken over by Henry Smith of Battersea, who previously oversaw the burials of the Royals. So there is still a little secret about the Queen’s coffin. All developments to big state funeral is live in the ticker. (chd/AFP)

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