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Thursday, April 25, 2024

A farewell fit for our Queen

Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch so loved by the world, has been buried alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle.

“The Queen was buried together with the Duke of Edinburgh, at The King George VI Memorial Chapel,” a statement on the royal family’s official website announced overnight.

World leaders and foreign royalty joined King Charles III and the Royal Family in the congregation at Westminster Abbey to farewell the adored Commonwealth monarch.

Outside, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets as the Queen’s casket was taken to Windsor Castle, where she was laid to rest.

At the funeral service, the Dean of Westminster paid tribute to the Queen’s lifelong sense of duty.

The Very Rev David Hoyle spoke of the Queen’s “unswerving commitment to a high calling over so many years as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth”.

Among the personal touches at the ceremony was a handwritten message from the Queen’s eldest son, King Charles.

Placed atop his mother’s coffin in a wreath of flowers cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Highgrove House and Clarence House at his request, the note simply read: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”

King Charles requested the wreath be created from blooms cut from the Queen’s own gardens. It was a floral tribute heavy with symbolism – rosemary for remembrance, myrtle cut from a plant grown from a cutting from the Queen’s 1947 wedding bouquet, and English oak, a symbol of strength of love.

As the service came to an end, the imperial state crown, orb and sceptre were removed from the Queen’s coffin, signalling the end of her reign.

King Charles then placed a small crimson regimental flag called the Camp Colour – traditionally used to indicate the location of the commanding officer – on the coffin.

The coffin was then lowered into the royal vault, before the Sovereign’s Piper played a lament.

King Charles III drives past Wellington Arch during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Members of the Royal Household stand with the Queen’s royal Corgis, Muick and Sandy as they await the funeral cortege.
he Princess of Wales and the Queen Consort (behind) follows the State Gun Carriage carrying the Queen’s coffin.

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