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UK bids farewell to Queen Elizabeth II with state funeral

London, Sep 19 (EFE).- The UK bid farewell to its longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, because the nation got here to a pause Monday for a historic state funeral attended by members of the royal household and a number of British and overseas dignitaries in a service broadcast the world over.

The queen’s coffin, draped in flags and topped by the Imperial State Crown and a wreath, was drawn on a State Gun Carriage to Westminster Abbey in central London by Navy sailors and adopted by King Charles III and his siblings Princess Anne, Princes Andrew and Prince Edward to the march of drums and pipes in a somber procession.

Britain’s King Charles III observe the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as it’s carried from Westminster Abbey on its journey to Windsor Fortress, through the State Funeral Procession in London, Britain, 19 September 2022. EFE/EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

A 200-strong congregation rose to its toes because the coffin of the late monarch arrived on the thirteenth century church, the place she was married in 1947 and topped in 1953.

The service was led by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle.

“With gratitude we bear in mind her loyal dedication to a excessive calling over so a few years as queen and head of the Commonwealth.”

“With affection we recall her love for her household and her dedication to the causes she held pricey,” the Dean added.
The congregation then sang the primary hymn The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended.

Later, the Abbey’s world-renowned all-male choir broke into tune with music that had been specifically composed for the funeral by the Grasp of the Queen’s Music since 2014, Judith Weir.

The ensemble additionally sang the hymn The Lord’s my shepherd, which featured at Elizabeth’s marriage ceremony to Prince Phillip.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss took to the stand to present a studying from scripture, from the Gospel In accordance with John: “Let not your coronary heart be concerned: ye consider in God, consider additionally in me.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gave a sermon and commendation – the second when the queen was entrusted to God.

Army personnel march through the State Funeral Procession of Queen Elizabeth II in London, Britain, 19 September 2022. EFE/EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

“The sample for all who serve God, well-known or obscure, revered or ignored, is that dying is the door to glory” the Archbishop mentioned.

A number of church leaders additionally supplied prayers on the service and thanked the late queen for her lengthy life and repair on the throne.
Because the service drew to an in depth, The Final Submit — a navy name carried out in official ceremonies — was performed by 4 state trumpeters of Royal Cavalry adopted by two minutes of silence which ended with one other navy bugle, The Reveille.

The Westminster Abbey service got here to an in depth with the nationwide anthem and a lone piper, Main Paul Burns, taking part in the final lament because the monarch’s coffin was lowered to be carried out of the Nice West Door of the church.

The queen’s coffin is to journey by hearse to Windsor Fortress.

From there, a procession will carry the queen down the Lengthy Stroll — a five-kilometer promenade — in direction of Windsor Fortress the place she shall be laid to relaxation subsequent to her father, George VI, the Queen Mom and her husband, Prince Philip.

The state funeral was attended by excessive profile visitors together with United States president Joe Biden, French president Emmanuel Macron, EU Fee president Ursula von der Leyen, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, Indian president Draupadi Murmu, China’s vice-president Wang Qishan, Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in addition to the Spanish monarch, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.

Britain’s Princess Anne, the Princess Royal arrives by automobile on her option to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London, Britain, 19 September 2022. EFE/EPA/TOLGA AKMEN

The queen’s burial later Monday is ready to be a small affair attended by members of the royal household.

Elizabeth’s funeral is one essentially the most high-profile occasions the UK has organized in many years and an enormous safety operation has been deployed to make sure the protection of attendees.

Elizabeth died on September 8 on the age of 96, and was the longest-serving monarch in British historical past with 70 years on the throne.

Her son Charles grew to become king instantly after her dying, bringing an finish to the fashionable Elizabethan period.




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