Windsor Fort: Queen’s favorite dwelling might be her last resting place | Queen Elizabeth II

Windsor would be the last resting place of the Queen, within the George VI Memorial Chapel contained in the grounds of Windsor Fort, stated to be her favorite dwelling, and the place she might be buried alongside the Duke of Edinburgh.

If the state funeral is the nation’s goodbye, the committal service at St George’s Chapel can have a extra private air, with the congregation together with a lot of these loyal workers, previous and current, who labored for her at her properties and estates.

Round 800 persons are anticipated to attend the service, throughout which extremely symbolic moments will signify the top of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as monarch.

The devices of state, the Imperial State Crown, the orb and the sceptre, might be faraway from her coffin by the crown jeweller and, with the bargemaster and serjeant-at-arms , might be handed to the Dean of Windsor, who will place them on the altar of St George’s Chapel. They may later be transferred again to the secure conserving of the Tower of London.

On the finish of the ultimate hymn, the King will place the Queen’s firm camp color of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin. The Grenadier Guards are probably the most senior of the Foot Guards regiments and the Queen was their colonel-in-chief.

Queen Elizabeth II in St George’s Chapel
Queen Elizabeth II in St George’s Chapel throughout the funeral of Prince Philip, 17 April 2021. {Photograph}: Yui Mok/AP

On the identical time, the Lord Chamberlain, probably the most senior official within the royal family, will ceremonially “break” his wand of workplace, the white workers that is among the symbols of his workplace, and place it on the coffin. It signifies the top of his service to her as sovereign. The present Lord Chamberlain is former M15 spy chief Baron Parker of Minsmere. The final time this custom was executed was in 1952, over George VI’s coffin.

Because the coffin is lowered into the royal vault, the Commendation earlier than Garter King of Arms will pronounce the kinds and titles of the Queen.

The tiny King George VI Memorial Chapel homes the stays of the Queen’s father, George VI, her mom, the Queen Mom, and sister, Princess Margaret. When Philip died 17 months in the past, his coffin was interred within the Royal Vault of St George’s, able to be moved to the memorial chapel when the Queen died.

On the finish, as there was on the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, the sovereign’s piper will play a lament from the doorway between the chapel and the Dean’s cloister, throughout which he’ll stroll slowly in the direction of the deanery within the cloister, in order that the music contained in the chapel steadily fades.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing, which might be adopted by the singing of God Save the King.

1000’s are anticipated to line the streets to observe the cortege because the Queen’s coffin, within the state hearse, processes via the city.

Throughout the ceremony, the Sebastopol bell will toll. Captured from the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Sevastopol in Crimea in 1856, it hangs within the Spherical Tower, and solely tolls for the demise of senior royals. The bells of the Curfew Tower on the Windsor Fort may even toll.

At 3.06 pm, the state hearse, having pushed from London, will strategy Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Highway, Windsor, and be a part of the procession.

At 3.10 pm, the procession will step off, following a route from Albert Highway to St George’s Chapel, Windsor Fort, by the use of the Lengthy Stroll, Cambridge Drive and the George IV Gate.

At roughly 3.40 pm the King and different members of the royal household strolling within the procession will take part on the Fort’s Quadrangle. The procession might be led by a dismounted detachment of the Family Cavalry Regiment adopted by a mounted Division of the Sovereign’s Escort, and massed pipes and drums.

Minute weapons might be fired by the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery from the Fort all through the procession to the steps of St George’s Chapel.

Contained in the chapel, the congregation will embrace governors basic and realm prime ministers, in addition to the Queen’s previous and current private workers. The Army Knights of Windsor, the honorary bodyguards, might be on obligation.

The committal service will start at 4pm with the coffin taken to the catafalque within the quire. The service might be carried out by the dean of Windsor, however prayers might be stated by these from different church buildings that she recurrently attended: the rector of Sandringham, the minister of Crathie Kirk, and the chaplain of Windsor Nice Park.

A personal burial service might be carried out at 7.30pm attended solely by the King and members of the family, earlier than Queen Elizabeth II is laid to relaxation collectively along with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, on the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

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