Orders of Service for the state funeral and engagement service of Queen Elizabeth II


Buckingham Palace released the Orders of Service for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral and engagement service on Monday.

The funeral service will be steeped in royal tradition and will “pay tribute to the Queen’s remarkable reign and her full service as Head of State, Nation and Commonwealth”.

The state funeral will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster in Westminster Abbey beginning at 11:00 a.m. (6:00 a.m. ET), with the Archbishop of Canterbury delivering the Homily and eulogy. Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland will read the first Lesson, and UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was appointed two days before the Queen’s death, will read the Second Lesson.

To represent each year of the Queen’s life, the abbey bell tenor will be rung every minute for 96 minutes before the service.

The Queen’s great-grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte will join the royal family procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it is taken to Westminster Abbey. As the coffin is brought inside, the Choir of Westminster Abbey in the Nave will sing Sentences – XVIII. Scriptural lines that have been used in all state funerals since the beginning of the 20th century, the palace said.

During the service, the choir will perform a specially commissioned choral piece inspired by the Queen’s “unwavering Christian faith”. “Like as the hart” is the setting for Psalm 42 by King’s Music Master Judith Weir, who will sing unaccompanied.

Other music selected for state funerals include the hymn “The Lord’s my shepherd”, which was also sung at the wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip in 1947, and the hymn “O Taste and see how gracious the Lord is”. In 1953 Ralph Vaughan Williams composed it for the Queen’s coronation.

The nation will observe a two-minute silence towards the end of the hour-long service, after which the Sovereign’s Pipers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will play the traditional “Sleep, dearie, sleep” call – a fitting farewell to Britain’s longest-serving. king and queen

Following the funeral, the Queen’s hearse will travel in procession through central London to Wellington Arch, where it will be placed in the state stream and proceed to Windsor, where a committal service will be held at St George’s Chapel at 4pm (11am). ET).

The second service of the day will be a more intimate occasion, led by the Dean of Windsor, who will give the Invocation. The chancellor of Sandringham, the minister at Crathie Kirk, where the family worships when they are at Balmoral, and the chaplain at the Chapel Royal of All Saints in Windsor Great Park will say.

The Royal Family will be joined by a congregation of members of the Royal Household, past and present, as well as personal staff who have worked on private estates.

Some of the musical selections for the committal service were composed by William Henry Harris, former organist at St George’s between 1933 and 1961. The young princess is believed to have been taught piano by Harris, according to the palace.

The service will also offer several nods to the Queen’s family, with the choir singing “The Russian Contakion of the Departed”, which was also sung at Prince Philip’s funeral in St George’s last April. Meanwhile, the Dean will read Revelation 21:1-7, which were read at the funerals of the Queen’s grandparents in 1936 and 1953. They were also read at the Queen’s father’s funeral in 1952.

As the committal service draws to a close, the Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the King’s Chamber, placed beneath St. George’s, while the Dean reads the 103rd Psalm, which concludes: “Go on your journey from this world, oh. Christian soul”.

The Garter King of Arms will proclaim the Queen’s styles and titles before his pipers play for the last time.