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By Michael Holden, Kate Holton and Alistair Smout
WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth’s casket was lowered into the vault at Windsor Castle, her final resting place, on Monday after a day of inimitable pageantry that drew home fans World leaders came to her funeral and huge crowds poured into the streets to say goodbye to a revered monarch.
Hundreds of thousands of wise people lined the path her hearse traveled from London, throwing flowers, cheering and clapping as it passed from the city to the English countryside she so loved. .
Many others flocked to the capital to witness the procession and funeral, paying tribute to Britain’s longest-serving monarch, who has earned global respect during his 70 years on the throne.
Inside the stately Westminster Abbey, where the funeral was held, some 500 presidents, prime ministers, foreign royals and dignitaries, including Joe Biden of the United States, were among the 2,000 congregation https:/ /www.reuters.com/world/ uk/world-Leaders-come-london-queen-elizabeths-tang-2022-09-12/.
Attention then turned to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where some 800 guests attended the pledge ceremony before her burial.
It ends with the crown, orb and scepter – symbols of the king’s power and rule – being removed from the coffin and placed on the altar.
Lord Chamberlain, the most senior official in the royal family, then broke his ‘Office Wand’, signifying the end of his service to the sovereign, and placed it on the coffin first as it slowly entered the royal vault.
As the congregation sang the national anthem, King Charles seemed to be holding back his tears.
Late in the evening, in a private family ceremony, the coffins of Elizabeth and her husband of more than seven decades, Prince Philip, who passed away last year aged 99, will be buried together in the same coffin. chapel where her parents and sister, Princess Margaret. , also rest.
It was in the same vast building that the queen was photographed mourning Philip alone during the pandemic crackdown, reinforcing her sense of a king who was united with her people during a time of trial.
At the funeral, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, told those present that the grief of so many across England and the wider world reflected “life in abundance and loving service”. of the late king.
He said: “Her late Queen famously announced on her 21st birthday broadcast that she would devote her whole life to serving the nation and the Commonwealth.
“Very few promises are kept so well. Few leaders receive the love we’ve seen.”
The music played at the queen’s wedding in 1947 and her coronation six years later played again. The casket with the inscription has been used in all state funerals since the early 18th century.
After the funeral, her flag-clad coffin was dragged by sailors through the streets of London on a gun carriage in one of the largest military processions seen in Britain, attended by thousands of townspeople. members of the armed forces wear ceremonial attire.
They danced to funeral music from the marching bands, while the city’s famous Big Ben charged every minute. King Charles and other senior royals https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/royals-emotions-queen-show-through-ceremonial-pageantry-2022-09-19/ walked along.
The coffin was taken from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and loaded onto a hearse to Windsor, where a larger crowd waited patiently https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csjJVNo0u6A.
Among those arriving from across England and beyond, people climbed lampposts and stood on railings and ladders to catch a glimpse of the royal procession.
Some wore elegant black suits and skirts. Others wore hoodies, leggings and tracksuits. A woman with dyed green hair stands next to a man in a morning suit as they wait for the procession in London to begin.
Millions more watched on television at home on the holiday declared to be the occasion, the first time the funeral of a British monarch was televised https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/over -100-british-cinemas- big-city-screen-show-queens-tang-2022-09-17/.
Baldev Bhakar, 72, a jeweler from the nearby town of Slough, speaking outside Windsor Castle, said: “I’ve been coming to Windsor for 50 years.
“I’ve seen her many times over the years; it feels like she’s our neighbor and she’s just a lovely woman; a beautiful queen. It’s good to say goodbye once in a while. last with our neighbor.”
Elizabeth died on 8 September at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in the Scottish highlands.
Her health declined, and for months, her monarch, who had made hundreds of official engagements in the 90s, withdrew from public life.
However, in line with her duties, she was photographed just two days before her death, looking weak but still smiling and holding a cane as she appointed Liz Truss as the 15th prime minister and also is his last.
Such is her longevity and her close association with England, that even her family finds her going through a shock.
“We all thought she was invincible,” Prince William told the wise.
As the 40th monarch in a line that dates back to 1066, Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952 and became Britain’s first post-imperial monarch.
She oversaw her nation trying to forge a new place in the world, and she was instrumental in the formation of the Commonwealth of Nations, now a grouping of 56 countries.
When she succeeded her father, George VI, Winston Churchill was her first prime minister and Josef Stalin led the Soviet Union. She has met major figures from politics to entertainment and sports including Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Pele and Roger Federer.
Though said to be 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall, she dominates the rooms with her presence and has become a towering global figure, hailing from Paris, Washington to Moscow and Beijing. National mourning was held in Brazil, Jordan and Cuba, countries with which she had little direct contact.
Welby said at the funeral: “Lovely servants are rare in any walk of life. “Leaders who serve lovingly are still rarer. But in any case, those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privilege are long forgotten.”
The abbey’s tenor bell – the site of coronations, weddings and burials of British and later British kings and queens for nearly 1,000 years – has played 96 times.
Among the hymns chosen for the ceremony was “The Lord my Shepherd”, sung at the wedding of the queen and her husband Philip at the Abbey in 1947. The royal group followed the coffin into the Monastery. The hospital is the great-grandson and future of the queen. King, Prince George, 9 years old.
In addition to the dignitaries, the congregation includes recipients of Britain’s highest civilian and military medals for valor, representatives from charities supported by the queen, and those with “contributions.” extraordinary” in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
By the end of the ceremony, the church and much of the country were silent for two minutes. The trumpet sounded before the congregation sang “Christ the King”. Outside, the crowd joined in and burst into applause as the song ended.
The queen’s Piper ended the service with a lament entitled “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep” that faded into silence.