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hundreds of thousands of hopefuls Her hearse lined up the route she took from London, throwing flowers, cheering and clapping as she passed from the city to the English countryside she loved so much.
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Attention then turned to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where some 800 guests attended a devotional service before his burial.
It concluded with the crown, orb and scepter, symbols of the monarch’s power and sovereignty, being removed from the coffin and placed on the altar.
The royal family’s highest-ranking official, the Chief of the Imperial Household, broke the “royal staff,” which signifies the end of his service to the sovereign, and placed it in the coffin before slowly descending into the royal vault.
When the congregation sang the national anthem, king charles He seemed to be holding back tears.
Later in the evening, at a private family funeral, the coffin of Elizabeth’s husband of more than 70 years, Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99, will be buried together in the same chapel with her parents and sister Princess Margaret. , rest again.
It was in the same sprawling building that the Queen was photographed alone mourning Philip during the pandemic lockdown, reinforcing the monarch’s sense of being in sync with her people during a trying time.
At the funeral, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told those in attendance that so many people across and across Britain were feeling sad. the wider world It reflects the late monarch’s “plenty of life and loving service.”
“The late Her Majesty famously declared on her 21st birthday broadcast that she would dedicate her entire life to serving the country and the Commonwealth of Nations.
“Seldom have such promises been so successfully kept. Few leaders receive such an outpouring of love as we have seen.”
The music played at the Queen’s wedding in 1947 and her coronation six years later rang out again. The coffin entered the line of scripture set on the score used in all state funerals since the early 18th century.
After her funeral, her flag-clad coffin was placed on a carriage by sailors, and thousands of military members dressed in ceremonial attire in one of the largest military marches to be seen in Britain. rolled through the streets of London.
They were in step to the marching band’s funeral music, and in the background the city’s famous Big Ben blared every minute.with King Charles other senior royals I continued on foot.
The coffin was taken from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and transferred to a hearse to travel to Windsor.
Some from Britain and abroad climbed lampposts and stood on barriers and ladders to get a glimpse of the royal procession.
Some wore smart black suits and dresses. Some wore hoodies, leggings, and tracksuits. While waiting for the queue in London to start, a woman with dyed green hair stood next to a man in a morning suit.
Millions watched on TV at home on the holidays declared on this occasion.The first funeral of a British monarch was held televised.
“I have been in Windsor for 50 years,” said 72-year-old Baldev Bakar, a jeweler from the nearby town of Slough, outside Windsor Castle.
“I’ve seen her many times over the years. I felt like she was our neighbor, just a lovely lady, a beautiful queen. I wish our neighbors a final goodbye.” I’m glad I was able to tell you.”
Elizabeth She died at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in the Scottish Highlands, on 8 September.
Her health was declining, and the monarch, who had performed hundreds of public duties until she was in her 90s, was out of public view for months.
But in keeping with her sense of duty, the photo was taken just two days before she died. She looked frail, but she smiled and held a cane, and Liz appointed her truss as her fifteenth and final prime minister.
Even her own family was shocked by her longevity and her inseparable ties to England.
“We all thought she was invincible,” Prince William told the well-wishers.
The 40th monarch in a lineage dating back to 1066, Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952, becoming Britain’s first post-imperial monarch.
She oversaw a nation trying to carve out a new place in the world and was instrumental in the emergence of the Commonwealth of Nations, a group of 56 nations today.
When she succeeded her father, George VI, Winston Churchill became her first Prime Minister and Joseph Stalin headed the Soviet Union. She has met leading figures from politics to entertainment to sports, including Nelson her Mandela, Pope John her Paul II, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Pele, Roger her Federer.
Despite being rumored to be 1.6 meters (5 ft 3 in) tall, her presence dominated rooms and made her a towering global figure, acclaimed from Paris and Washington to Moscow and Beijing. I was. Countries with few direct ties to her, such as Brazil, Jordan, and Cuba, have seen nationwide tributes to her.
“A man of loving service is rare in any life,” Welby said at his funeral. Those who serve are loved and remembered when people are long forgotten.”
For nearly 1,000 years, the monastery’s tenor bell, the site of coronations, weddings and burials for English kings and queens, has rung 96 times.
Among the hymns chosen for worship was “The Lord is my Shepherd”, sung at the 1947 wedding of the Queen and her husband Philip at the Abbey. The King, Prince George, 9 years old.
In addition to dignitaries, the congregation also included those who have been awarded Britain’s highest military and civilian medals for bravery, representatives of the Queen’s supported charitable organizations, and those who have done “outstanding” in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. It included people who made “contributions”.
Towards the end of the service, the church and most of the public fell silent for two minutes. Outside, the crowd joined and applauded as the national anthem ended.
The Queen’s Pied Piper ended the service with a lament called “Sleep, dear, sleep.”
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Reporting by Michael Holden and Kate Holton of London and Alister Smout of Windsor. Additional reporting by William James, Kylie MacLellan, Estelle Shirbon, Humza Jilani, Andrew MacAskill, Paul Sandle, Muvija M, Sachin Ravikumar, Farouq Suleiman, Angus MacSwan, Richa Naidu, Peter Hobson, Julia Payne, Natalie Grover, Lindsay Dunsmuir, Elizabeth Piper ; Editing by Mike Collette-White and Janet Lawrence
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