The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: What happens now
After more than 70 years of service, Queen Elizabeth II has been farwelled in a public funeral live-streamed across the world and watched by billions.
Hundreds of world leaders and the mourning public paid tribute to Britain’s longest reigning monarch alongside the Royal Family in an hour-long funeral service that took place at Westminster Abbey.
Hymns and prayers were sung in honour of Her Majesty as her coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel; the resting place of past monarchs such as King George III, IV and V, William IV and others.
While that moment marked the end of the Queen’s public funeral, it was not the end of her journey.
Queen Elizabeth II was then taken to her final resting place – the George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor Castle – for a televised committal service and private burial.
The private service was conducted by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, and attended by members of the immediate Royal Family.
This includes King Charles III and his wife Camila, Queen Consort, as well as the Queen’s other children Prince Andrew, Anne the Princess Royal, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
The newly-appointed Prince and Princess of Wales – William and Katherine – also confirmed they would be at the private service.
The Queen’s other grandson Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are also expected to attend.
What we know about Queen’s final resting place
At Windsor castle, Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest alongside her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
The coffin of Prince Philip will also be relocated from the Royal Vault, so that the Queen can be laid to rest alongside her beloved husband of 73 years.
Although it is closed for Monday’s private ceremony, ordinarily the Chapel is open to the public.
This means Britons can visit the Queen’s final resting place to pay their respects in the weeks, months and years to come.
Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022.
She is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
– WITH CNN
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