Key moments from the Queen’s funeral told us about her life


The Queen’s was the first funeral Britain has seen since the death of wartime leader Winston Churchill in 1965, and the fourth in the last 100 years.

It was a celebration of the late monarch’s life and a reminder of the many roles she played throughout her life. The Queen was the head of state of 15 independent countries, as well as the head of the Commonwealth of Nations. She was the supreme governor of the Church of England, the commander-in-chief of one of the world’s greatest armies, the longtime head of one of the world’s most notable royal families, as well as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. .

Although very public in nature, the service was also a family affair and therefore had many personal touches.

Never was this more evident than when King Charles III and his siblings entered Westminster Abbey. They walked slowly behind their mother’s coffin, their private grief suddenly on display not only to the congregation of 2,000, but also to the millions of people watching from around the world.

In a particularly poignant moment that certainly touched the hearts of many onlookers, the Queen’s two great-grandchildren, Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, joined the funeral procession.

On top of the Queen’s coffin, next to flowers chosen by the family, was a card in the King’s hand that read: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”

And for a more personal touch, the funeral music featured the hymn that was also sung at the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip. The Queen’s husband, 73, died last year.

Military pomp

The funeral displayed the British military at its ceremonial best, reflecting that as head of state, the Queen was also commander-in-chief, as well as someone who had personally served in the armed forces during the Second World War.

The Queen’s coffin was flanked by a pallbearer’s party, formed by the Queen’s Company of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards and 10 Pursuits of the Queen’s Old Cavalry, as well as detachments of the King’s Bodyguard from the Lord’s Honor Corps in the Army. The Yeomen Guard and the Royal Company of Archers.

Thousands of British service members took part in the ceremony, traveling from central London to support the Queen on her final journey. They were joined by representatives of the armed forces of other countries where the Queen was head of state.

Prayers for the head of the church

Why is a chariot used to carry the Queen?
The religious part of the service marked the Queen as the formal head of the Church of England. The Queen herself was consulted about the order of service, according to Buckingham Palace. The Dean of Westminster prepared the order of service in conjunction with Lambeth Palace, the official London seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The nation fell silent at the moment

Before the ceremony ended, the congregation inside Westminster Abbey — and the nation next to it — paused to mark the Queen’s death with a moment of silence. Along the route of the funeral procession, ten thousand people bowed their heads in silence.

Remembering the Queen, singing for the King

While Monday was about remembering and celebrating the Queen, there was one moment that underscored the transition that began with the monarch’s death. When the congregation rose to sing the national anthem it was “God Save the King” not “God Save the Queen” throughout the abbey.

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CNN’s Max Foster, Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Niamh Kennedy and Arnaud Siad contributed reporting.