The Queen’s last journey

A The kingdom, united in grief, will mourn the loss of its revered queen on Monday. Pomp and pageantry will be on display as tens of thousands line the streets of the British capital and hundreds of millions tune in to Elizabeth II’s state funeral.

Monday’s ceremonial events are the culmination of nearly two weeks of public events, code-named “Operation London Bridge,” to honor Elizabeth’s remarkable life — from a young princess who was not born to be queen, to a sovereign who redefined the role and won almost universal acclaim. admiration

After the Queen’s death at Balmoral on September 8, her coffin was brought back from Scotland and taken to the Hall of Westminster in London in a dark procession. He will be there until the morning of his funeral.

Crowds of mourners will flood the capital hoping to catch a glimpse of the coffin – draped in the Royal Standard and carrying the Instruments of State – one last time before the Queen makes the journey to her final resting place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. . Here’s everything you need to know about Britain’s tribute to one of the greatest monarchs ever.

A more intimate committal service will be held in St. George’s Chapel at approximately 4:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m. ET), led by the Dean of Windsor. The Royal Family will gather there together with a congregation of members of the Royal Household, past and present, as well as personal staff who have worked on private estates.

St. George’s should be a familiar place to many, as it hosted Prince Philip’s funeral service last April, as well as more joyous events such as the wedding of the Queen’s grandchildren.

At the end of the service, the Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Chamber, located under the chapel, where many members of the royal family have died.

The service ends public arrangements for the late royal, however, a private burial service for the family will be held on Monday evening. The Queen will be buried with her late husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, another site within St George’s.

The memorial chapel where the Queen’s father and mother were buried. There is also a casket containing the ashes of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret.

The Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, said orchestrating the event last week was “humbling and awesome”. He added that Monday’s event aimed to “unite people from all over the world” and “provide a fitting tribute”.