Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

LONDON, September 19 (EFE) .- More than 500 world heads of state and dignitaries attended the state funeral in London on Monday for Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 after more than seven decades as sovereign. United Kingdom.

It is the biggest event with foreign leaders that the British Foreign Office has coordinated in modern times, deploying a security apparatus comparable to that of the 2012 London Olympics.

It was the first state funeral held in the UK in the 21st century, with similar ceremonies not seen since the deaths of George VI in 1952 and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965.

Funerals are on the hour at the Elizabeth II hour
King Charles III and his brothers watch over Elizabeth II’s coffin at Westminster. EFE/EPA/UK Parliament/Roger Harris

This is how the day is planned to unfold:

Completion of the Burning Chapel of Isabel II

6.30 local time (5.30 GMT).- The Burning Chapel of Elizabeth II in the Palace of Westminster closed, installed since Wednesday, through which hundreds of thousands of people passed to say their final farewell to the sovereign.

8.00 (7.00 GMT).- The doors of Westminster Abbey open to the arrival of those attending the funeral service, which will begin three hours later. Leaders such as the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and heads of monarchies around the world, including the King of Spain, Felipe VI and Letizia, will attend the ceremony.

10.35 (9.35 GMT).- The Queen’s coffin will be placed in an artillery gun carriage and will leave Westminster Hall at 10.44 (9.44 GMT). Members of the Royal Navy will carry ceremonial cannons in a procession from the Houses of Parliament to nearby Westminster Abbey. The new King Carlos III and his three brothers -Ana, Andrés and Eduardo-, as well as their children, Princesses Guillermo and Enrique, will walk after the body of the sovereign.

Elizabeth II’s coffin makes its way to the Palace of Westminster this Wednesday. EFE/EPA/Guy Bell

Beginning of religious ceremonies

11.00 (10.00 GMT). Before about 2,000 guests, the religious ceremony began at the Abbey, the same place where Elizabeth II was crowned Queen in 1953. The last state funeral of a British monarch was held in London Temple in 1760, after the death of George II. . Since then, funeral services have been held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, will officiate at the funeral, while the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a homily and British Prime Minister Liz Truss will read a homily.

11.55 (10.55 GMT). A bugle call will mark the start of two minutes of silence which will be observed across the UK. Heathrow Airport will stop takeoffs and landings a few minutes early to ensure strict silence in the British capital.

The national anthem and a piece of lament performed by Elizabeth II’s official piper will conclude the funeral service at noon.

Elizabeth II's funeral by the hour
Citizens line up to enter the funeral chapel for the late Elizabeth II in central London on Sunday. EFE/EPA/Olivier Hoslett

Exit of Elizabeth II’s coffin from Westminster Abbey

12.15 (11.15 GMT). The coffin will leave the funeral procession from the Abbey to Wellington Arch at the south-east corner of Hyde Park. Big Ben, the famous bell in the tower of the Palace of Westminster, will chime at minute intervals during the procession.

The march will be led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which will include members of the UK and Commonwealth armed forces, representatives from the British police and the Public Health Service (NHS).
Charles III will walk with other members of the royal family, while the Queen Consort, Camilla, the Princess of Wales, Catherine, and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, will follow the procession in carriages.

Last trip to Windsor Castle

13:00 (12:00 GMT). At Wellington Arch, the sovereign’s remains will be transferred to a hearse for their final journey to Windsor Castle, 35 kilometers west of London.

3:00 PM (2:00 PM GMT). The coffin arrived in the vicinity of the castle, where 40 kings have lived uninterruptedly for almost a thousand years. A procession on foot will travel the 5 kilometers of the Long Walk, the characteristic tree-lined avenue that leads to the royal residence.

Ceremony at St. George’s Chapel

4:00 PM (3:00 PM GMT). Isabel II’s remains enter the castle’s Chapel of San Jorge, the usual site of baptisms, weddings and royal funerals. In recent years, it has hosted the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan, as well as the funeral of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip.

About 800 guests will attend a ceremony officiated by the Dean of Windsor, David Coney.

The Imperial State Crown, Royal Orb and Scepter will be removed from the coffin, separating Elizabeth II from the symbols of her reign for the last time.

The coffin will be lowered into the chapel’s royal crypt, where the remains of her husband, who died in 2021 aged 99, are also buried. Windsor’s official piper will interpret a hymn personally chosen by Elizabeth II and the ceremony will conclude at 4:45 pm (15:45 GMT) with the chanting of “God Save the King”.

The burial of Queen Elizabeth II in a private ceremony

7:30 PM (6:30 PM GMT). Elizabeth II will be buried next to Prince Philip in a private ceremony attended by members of the royal family. The marble slab at her tomb will be inscribed with the words: “Elizabeth II 1926-2022”.

Edited by Nuria Santesteban

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