British Royal News says the Queen has been buried alongside her beloved late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle. It followed a service which saw members of the Royal Family sing hymns and pay their final public respects to the Queen after a day of ceremonies in both London and Windsor. Here’s what you need to know.
According to new reports, the lowering into the Royal Vault was the last time the Queen’s coffin will be seen by the public. She was formally buried at a private event alongside her husband, Prince Philip at around 7.30pm monday. When the duke died 17 months ago, his coffin was placed in the Royal Vault of St George’s – ready to be moved to the memorial chapel when the Queen died.
Queen Elizabeth Laid To Rest Beside Prince Philip
The Queen’s coffin will be interred with the Grenadier Guards’ Queen’s Company Camp Color – a smaller version of the Royal Standard of the Regiment – which the King placed on her coffin at the end of the committal service. The private burial service was also held at St George’s Chapel but no members of the public or cameras were allowed. During the first service, the Imperial State Crown, orb and scepter were removed from the Queen’s coffin by the Dean of Windsor.
The final hymn was sung as the King prepared to drape the Queen’s Company Camp Color of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin. Once in place, the color was then accompanied by the Lord Chamberlain’s Wand of Office, which he symbolically broke. The purpose of breaking the wand is to create a symmetry with the three Instruments of State that had been removed from the coffin – all of which symbolize the end of the Queen’s reign.
The simple service was led by David Conner, Dean of Windsor, who recited Psalm 103 as the coffin was lowered, which includes the traditional line: “Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul.” The service ended with the Sovereign Piper playing the lament A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith from the doorway between the chapel and the dean’s cloister, with the music gradually fading away as he walked towards the deanery.
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