Last goodbye. The royal family paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II during an emotional funeral on Monday 19 September.
The event began with a short procession to Westminster Abbey from Westminster Hall, where the late monarch has been in repose since Wednesday 14 September. King Charles III and his brothers and sisters – Princess Anna, Prince Andrew as well as Prince Edward – led the procession along with the Queen’s three grandchildren: Prince William, Prince Harry as well as Peter Phillips.
After the service at Westminster Abbey, the royal family took part in a procession from the church to Wellington Arch, where the coffin was loaded into a hearse for transport to Windsor Castle. The Queen will be buried on the grounds of the King George VI Memorial Chapel along with her late husband Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 in April 2021. The Duke of Edinburgh was previously buried in the Royal Crypt at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, but his body was moved to its final resting place ahead of the Queen’s funeral so he could be buried next to his wife, now 73.
Elizabeth died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on 8 September. Buckingham Palace announced the news hours after it said she was under medical supervision and “comfortable” at her estate.
The Queen’s funeral rounded out week of remembrance in the United Kingdom. On 12 September her coffin was moved from Holyroodhouse Palace to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. He was then taken to London, where he was taken to Buckingham Palace.
On September 14, the coffin was moved from the palace to Westminster Hall, where it remained until Monday’s funeral. Charles and his siblings followed the hearse with the coffin in procession to Westminster.
The Queen’s children were followed by her grandchildren, the Prince of Wales, 40, and the Duke of Sussex, 38, whose presence echoed their attendance at Princess Diana’s funeral 25 years ago. The Duke of Cornwall and his younger brother were 15 and 12 respectively when their mother died at the age of 36 in a car accident in Paris.
“This is a very difficult time for the princes,” the insider said. Us weekly earlier this month. “They both adored their grandmother and it will take some time to come to terms with the reality of her passing.”
Both brothers remembered their grandmother in emotional remarks they shared after her death. “So much will be said in the coming days about the significance of her historic reign,” the Duke of Cambridge said on September 10. “However, I lost my grandmother. And while I will mourn her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. In my fifth decade, I enjoyed the wisdom and comfort of the queen.
Harry, for his part, reflected on Elizabeth’s “eternal legacy” in a dedication published on September 12. “Grandma, although this last parting brings us great sadness, I am always grateful for all our first meetings – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to the first meeting with you as my commander in chief, to the first moment when you met my dear wife and hugged their beloved great-grandchildren,” BetterUp’s CIO wrote. “I cherish these moments with you and the many other special moments in between.”
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