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The Queen’s Funeral: Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch Laid to Rest

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King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla inspect flowers left by the public at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Royal Family / Facebook

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is on Monday. It will take place at London’s Westminster Abbey, the building in which she received her crown as Queen and later married.

The royal family, close friends and Heads of State such as Biden and Macron have come to pay the Queen tribute in her last procession in front of a mourning nation.

The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III was at the head of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral march to the abbey. Beside him marched his brothers Prince Andrew the Duke of York and Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex.  Princess Royal Anne, his sister, was also by his side. The Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex also accompanied their father,

The hymn from King Charles III’s and Prince William’s wedding heralded the deceased Queen. A chorus also sung music composed for the Queen’s coronation. Afterwards, the Moderator of the General Assembly and The Church of Scotland’s most senior representative, Iain Greenshields said prayers.

Thousands from the Royal armed forces were also involved in the procession and accompanied the Royal Family as well as those who had dedicated their lives to the service of the Queen.

Words of Praise for Britain’s longest-ruling Monarch

Queen Elizabeth was well-known for her never-ending service to charity, magnanimous contributions to worthy causes and her support of movements for humanitarian and equal rights movements such as Queen Elizabeth II Supports Black Lives Matter.

During the course of the funeral service, Her work was remembered by those such as Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Cantebury, who gave a loving tribute to the Queen in which he praised her.

“People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer,” he said.

“But in all cases those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are forgotten.”

He continued by saying she “was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives”.

“We pray especially for all her family, grieving as every family at a funeral – including so many families round the world who have themselves lost someone recently – but in this family’s case doing so in the brightest spotlight.”

He reflected on the Queen’s broadcast during coronavirus. He ended with the words of Vera Lynn’s famous song: “We will meet again.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury ended his sermon simply. “We can all share the Queen’s hope which in life and death inspired her servant leadership. Service in life, hope in death.”

“All who follow the Queen’s example, and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can with her say: ‘We will meet again.’”

The choir sung a hymn from the Queen’s wedding. There were also further readings from the scripture by notable individuals such as Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Final Resting Place

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest ruling monarch, will be taken to Windsor Castle for the final service before being laid to rest with her husband Prince Philip, who passed a little over a year ago on April 9, 2021.

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