Finally, the day came. After 10 days of national mourning, the citizens of the United Kingdom, the British Royal House and dignitaries from all over the world bid farewell to the queen Isabel II, who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96. That was how today was.
At 6:30 a.m. (local time) the funeral chapel in Westminster Hall was closed in honor of Isabel II, through which thousands and thousands of people have passed in recent days, including several foreign leaders, such as the US president, Joe Biden, and his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro. Next, the coffin of the deceased monarch was transferred to the neighboring Abbey of Westminster.
The state funeral was held there. Isabel II before 2 thousand guests. Not only His four children were present – led by the now King Charles III -, his grandchildren and the rest of the royal family, but also the current Prime Minister, Liz Truss, and her predecessors, as well as members of royalty from other countries of the world presidents and prime ministers. A religious service was held there in memory of the ninety-year-old monarch.
Following a fanfare from the trumpeters of the Royal Household Cavalry, two minutes of silence ensued, filling the abbey and spreading through the streets of London and into parks, bars and workplaces across the country. Finally, the ceremony ended with the national anthem, “God save the king”, in honor of the new sovereign. The coffin, placed on a cart pulled by more than a hundred British Navy officers, was carried to Wellington’s Arch.
The coffin was then loaded into a hearse and the procession of about 40 kilometers to Windsor began, a journey that was accompanied by applause, cheers, tears, flowers and thousands of people. Another religious service will be held in St. George’s Chapel, with fewer guests than in Westminster Abbey.
The last step of the last journey
Windsor is the last stop Isabel II before his final break. In Saint George’s Chapel, the Lord Chamberlain, who is the highest-ranking official in the Royal House, will break “his staff of command” and place it on the coffin, a gesture that symbolizes the end of the reign of the longest-serving monarch in the country. British history.
Afterwards, a last private ceremony will take place, in which only the closest relatives will participate and then, Isabel II She will be buried in the George VI Memorial, where her father, mother and sister are also buried. The remains of her husband, Prince Philip, who died last year aged almost 100, will be moved from the royal crypt to be buried next to her.