February 9, 2023

(NewsNation) — The world stated a ultimate farewell to Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, who died earlier this month at age 96 after 70 years on the throne.

A 2,000-strong congregation starting from King Charles III and different royals to world leaders together with U.S. President Joe Biden to members of the British public who helped battle the COVID-19 pandemic have been in Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.

The queen’s closest family members have been ashen-faced as they adopted her coffin to Westminster Abbey for her funeral on Monday, in a meticulously choreographed procession that however betrayed the excessive feelings of the day.

After 11 days of momentous change and exercise since his mom died, Charles appeared distraught and exhausted because the pall bearers carried the coffin into the abbey by means of the Nice West Door for the funeral service.

William and Kate had their kids between them as they walked, and could possibly be seen touching their shoulders to assist them.


The queen’s coffin was taken in a procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy.

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped within the Royal Normal with the Imperial State Crown throughout her State Funeral at Westminster Abbey in London, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. The Queen, who died aged 96 on Sept. 8, can be buried at Windsor alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, who died final 12 months. ( James Manning/Pool Picture by way of AP)

Her coffin is draped with the Royal Normal, and the Devices of State, the Imperial State Crown and regalia, that are are laid upon it together with a flower wreath.

2,868 diamonds, together with 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls and 4 rubies, sparkle within the Imperial State Crown.

Queen Elizabeth II and her grandfather, King Geroge V, each used the identical huge, medieval Westminster Corridor with the coffin resting on a royal purple platform within the center. A brass cross is at one finish of the coffin, the royal normal is draped on high, and tall candlesticks and scarlet- and gold-clad ceremonial guards are rigorously positioned round it.

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The custom of mendacity in state stretches again to the time of the Stuarts — who reigned from 1603 to 1714 — when sovereigns lay in state for a variety of days. However Edward VII was the monarch who set the fashionable custom of mendacity in state in Westminster Corridor in 1910. Archival footage confirmed that identical to right this moment, crowds fashioned big traces snaking by means of central London for an opportunity to file previous their sovereign’s coffin.


King Charles III led the royal household on foot behind the Queen’s coffin. The king walked in a line along with his siblings, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward. Behind them was William, the Prince of Wales, Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s son. They have been adopted by Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester and the Queen’s nephew the Earl of Snowdon.

Camilla, the Queen Consort, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent joined the royal procession behind the coffin because it made its approach by means of the aisle of Westminster Abbey

archbishop of canterbury delivers sermon

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivered the sermon at Westminster Abbey.

“Come holy spirit, and fill our hearts with the balm of your therapeutic love. Amen,” he stated.

“Her Majesty famously declared on a twenty first birthday broadcast, that her complete life could be devoted to serving the nation and Commonwealth. Not often has such a promise being so properly stored, few leaders obtain the outpouring of affection that we’ve seen,” Welby continued.

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The choir and congregation sang the third hymn — “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” a Welsh tune which was additionally carried out in 2011 on the marriage ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, CNN reviews. The association was written by James O’Donnell, a former organist at Westminster Abbey.

Two minutes of silence

Towards the top of the service, the church and far of the nation fell silent for 2 minutes. Trumpets rang out earlier than the congregation sang “God Save the King”. The queen’s piper introduced the service to an finish with a lament that pale to silence.

It adopted a rendition of “The Final Put up,” a brief fanfare performed at remembrance providers and navy funerals.  

Crowds outdoors Westminster Abbey paused to face in silence, alongside mourners contained in the constructing. 

Afterwards, the coffin started its journey by means of central London, previous the queen’s Buckingham Palace residence to the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Nook, with the monarch and the royal household following on foot in the course of the 1.5 mile procession.

Medals worn by Queen Elizabeth ii’s kids

King Charles wore a Royal Navy no. 1 tailcoat with a sword. His navy uniform consists of the next medals:

  • Queen’s Service Order (New Zealand)
  • Coronation Medal
  • Silver Jubilee Medal
  • Golden Jubilee Medal
  • Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Platinum Jubilee Medal
  • Naval Lengthy Service Good Conduct
  • Canadian Forces Ornament
  • The New Zealand Commemorative Medal
  • The New Zealand Armed Forces Award.
Britain’s King Charles, Britain’s Anne, Princess Royal and Prince William, Prince of Wales attentd the funeral of Queen Elizabeth in London, Britain, September 19, 2022. Marc Aspland/Pool by way of REUTERS

The Princess Royal additionally wore a Royal Navy full ceremonial uniform within the rank of admiral. She wore full measurement medals together with:

  • Queen’s Service Order
  • Coronation Medal
  • The Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals
  • Lengthy Service and Good Conduct Medal (Royal Navy)
  • Canadian Forces Ornament
  • Order of St John Service Medal
  • New Zealand 1990 Medal
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The queen will make her ultimate journey from Westminster Abbey towards Windsor, the place she can be buried along with her husband, Prince Phillip who died in 2021.