Queen Elizabeth II’s casket was interred next to her husband Prince Philip in a private family ceremony at Windsor Castle.
“The Queen was buried with the Duke of Edinburgh,” the British royal family announced on the evening of September 19 (this morning Hanoi time).
Earlier, the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was brought to Windsor Castle on the afternoon of September 19 after a journey of more than 30 km from Wellington Gate in London, England. People stood on both sides of the hearse route. Some people threw flowers towards the coffin, others chanted goodbye to the Queen.
A farewell ceremony with 800 guests was held at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Many religious leaders say a prayer, before the crown, scepter and orb of the monarchy, the symbol of the monarchy’s power, are lifted from the coffin and placed on the altar.
The head butler, the highest official in the royal service, then performs the ritual of breaking the “Executive Staff” and placing two pieces of staff on the coffin, representing the end of the period of service to the monarch. and ended the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II’s titles are read as her casket descends to the floor.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was moved to the Royal Catacombs below what is now the Albert Memorial Chapel. The ceremony ended as the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England, read prayers and the choir sang “God bless the King”.
The Queen’s coffin was temporarily placed in the Royal Catacombs for more than 2 hours, while waiting to prepare for the final resting place at the King George VI Memorial Chapel. Prince Philip’s coffin is also temporarily placed here after his death in April 2021.
The funeral service began at 19:30 (1h30 on September 20, Hanoi time) under the chairmanship of Windsor Rector David Conner, with the participation of King Charles III and family members. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip return to their final resting places at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which also houses the Queen’s father, mother and sister.
Vu Anh (Theo Reuters)