Big Ben’s chimes fell silent and hymns began to play as Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was carried to Westminster Abbey here on Monday for the funeral of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, with thousands of guests and millions in attendance. seen in on screens around the world.
In a congregation of around 2,000 made up of world leaders, royalty and community leaders from Britain and abroad, India was represented by President Draupadi Murmu and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra.
London’s iconic landmark, named after the late Queen, in the Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben took its toll 96 times every minute to mark each year of the late Sovereign’s life, as a procession led by King Charles III took place in the historic 11th century entered the abbey.
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The coffin, draped with the royal standard, was decorated with flowers from the king’s royal houses and the state instruments were “the Imperial State Crown made of diamonds and the orb and scepter that were gifted to the Queen on her coronation. The same in 1953.” In Abbey.
“Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we come from all over the country, from the Commonwealth, and from the countries of the world, to mourn her loss, to remember her long life of selfless service, And certainly gather to commit. To the mercy of God our Creator and Savior,” said Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster who led the service.
“With gratitude we remember her unshakable commitment to a high position over all these years as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. With admiration we remember her life-long duty and dedication to her people. Thank you. Together we praise God for his constant example. With Christian faith and devotion. We remember with affection his love for his family and his commitment to his beloved works.”
The hour-long service included a collection of traditional hymns and new pieces of choral music created especially for the occasion. The text of the Bible was read by Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia of Scotland and British Prime Minister Liz Truss, followed by the hymn, ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ which was also sung at the wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth and the Prince. Philip in 1947
The Archbishop said, “His Majesty famously announced in a 21st birthday broadcast that his entire life would be devoted to the service of the nation and the Commonwealth. Rarely has such a promise been kept so well. Few leaders showered love meets,” said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in his sermon.
The “sadness of this day” felt not only by the family of the late Queen, but throughout the nation, the Commonwealth and the world ” emanates from her abundant life and loving service, which has now passed away from us. She was joyous, so was present for all people, touching a multitude of lives” “All who follow the Queen’s example, and the inspiration of faith and belief in God, can say with her: ‘We will meet again’,” he said of the late emperor. The COVID pandemic lockdown broadcast concluded in memorable words.
As the clock struck 11 a.m. local time, the Queen’s eldest son and heir Charles followed the coffin “which had been lying in Westminster Hall since last Wednesday” with their sons Princes William and Harry and siblings, in a solemn procession. In Princess Anne and Princesses Andrew and Edward.
William’s children, nine-year-old Prince George and seven-year-old Princess Charlotte, were among the youngest members of the royal procession, which walked between their parents “the Prince and Princess of Wales”.
There was military precision in the ceremony after a rehearsal by about 6,000 armed forces personnel involved in the grand ceremony.
The service, which concluded with two minutes of nationwide silence and the national anthem ‘God Save the King’, marked the culmination of the first part of the funeral.
The coffin was then carried in procession in a state gun carriage to be used for royal funerals towards Wellington Arch in central London, carried by the state chariot to Windsor. A committed service will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the Queen will be laid to rest with her late husband in a private burial ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth II, 96, died peacefully on 8 September at her Scottish residence Balmoral Castle, marking the start of a period of state mourning in Britain, which saw an unprecedented queue in London for thousands to file for the late monarch. have seen for `s coffin lying-in-stat.
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