The coffin of Queen Elizabeth, decorated with orb and scepter: details

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symbolic artifacts. The late Queen Elizabeth II will lie in Westminster Hall from Wednesday, September 14 until her funeral on Monday, September 19, and her closed coffin will be adorned with items from the royal family’s Crown Jewel collection.

The Orb of the Sovereign and the Scepter of the Sovereign with the Cross will be placed on the casket. The Orb is awarded to British monarchs at their coronation. The gold part of the regalia, dating from the coronation of Charles II in 1661, is adorned with a cross, symbolizing the heavenly power over the world. It is encrusted with emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, pearls and one amethyst.

The ball has been used for every royal coronation since its inception and is expected to be in the hands of King Charles III during his official coronation. Elizabeth’s coronation took place on 2 June 1953, making her 70-year reign the longest in the history of the United Kingdom.

The scepter is also part of the 1661 crown jewels of the same origin. In contrast to the orb’s religious symbolism, the three-foot staff represents the power of the monarch in the secular world. The scepter contains a shard of the world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan I, also known as the First Star of Africa. The diamond was mounted on a baton in 1910.

In addition to the orb and scepter, the monarch’s coffin will also be adorned with the state crown, which rulers wear after coronation and use at state openings of parliament.

The Queen’s state funeral will take place on Monday, 10 days after her death at the age of 96, on Thursday 8 September. The service will be held at Westminster Abbey. Following this, Her Majesty’s remains will be taken to Wellington Arch and then to her final resting place at Windsor. On Monday at noon, a minute of silence will be declared across the country for two minutes after the Big Ben hit.

What is the history of orbs and scepters of items decorating the coffin of the queen
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Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, Charles, became king immediately after her death. Later, he will be officially proclaimed the new monarch. Prince William he is now first in line for the throne, followed by his three children with Princess Kate – Prince George, 9; Princess Charlotte, 7; and Prince Louis, 4.

On the eve of the Queen’s death in February, she celebrated her historic Platinum Jubilee. The celebrations continued into June, but the monarch canceled several performances as she struggled with mobility issues at the time.

“The Queen enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and aerial parade very much, but experienced some discomfort,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement following the annual Trooping the Color parade.

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