Windsor will be the Queen’s final resting place, at the George VI Memorial Chapel inside Windsor Castle, believed to be her favorite home, and where she will be buried alongside the Duke of Edinburgh.
If the state funeral is the nation’s farewell, the burial service at St. George’s Chapel will have a more personal air, with the congregation including many of those faithful employees, past and present, who have worked for it. in his houses and estates.
About 800 people are expected for the service, during which highly symbolic moments will signify the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as monarch.
The Instruments of State, Imperial Crown of State, Orb and Sceptre, will be removed from his casket by the Crown Jeweler and, together with the Bargemaster and Sergeant-at-Arms, will be passed to the Dean of Windsor who will place them on the altar of the chapel of Saint-Georges. They will then be transferred to the vault in the Tower of London.
At the end of the final hymn, the King will place the camp color of the Queen’s Company of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin. The Grenadier Guards are the oldest of the Foot Guards regiments and the Queen was their Colonel-in-Chief.
At the same time, the Lord Chamberlain, the highest official in the royal household, will ceremoniously “break” his wand, the white staff that is one of the symbols of his office, and place it on the coffin. This signifies the end of his service to her as ruler. The current Lord Chamberlain is former M15 spy chief Baron Parker of Minsmere. The last time this tradition was performed was in 1952 on the coffin of George VI.
As the coffin is lowered into the royal vault, the commendation in front of the King of Arms Garter will pronounce the Queen’s styles and titles.
The tiny King George VI Memorial Chapel houses the remains of Queen George VI’s father, mother the Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret. When Philip died 17 months ago, his coffin was buried in the Royal Vault of St George’s – ready to be moved to the Queen’s Death Memorial Chapel.
At the end, as there was at the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, the Queen’s Pied Piper will play a lament from the doorway between the Chapel and the Dean’s Cloister during which he will walk slowly towards the Deanery in the cloister, so that the music inside the chapel gradually fades.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the benediction which will be followed by the singing of God Save the King.
Thousands of people are expected to line the streets to watch the procession as the Queen’s coffin, in the state hearse, makes its way through the city.
During the ceremony, the Sevastopol bell will ring. Captured from the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Sevastopol in Crimea in 1856, it hangs in the round tower and rings only the death tolls of members of the royal family. The curfew tower bells at Windsor Castle will also ring.
At 3.06pm the State hearse, departing from London, will approach Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor, and join the motorcade which will have been formed and in position.
At 3:10 p.m. the cortege will set off, following a route from Albert Road to St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, through the Long Walk, Cambridge Drive and George IV Gate.
Around 3:40 p.m., the King and the other members of the royal family marching in the procession will join the Quadrilateral of the Castle. The procession will be led by a dismounted detachment of the household cavalry regiment followed by a mounted division of the sovereign’s escort, and massed pipes and drums.
Machine guns will be fired by the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery from the castle throughout the procession to the steps of St George’s Chapel.
Inside the chapel, the congregation will include Governors General and Prime Ministers of the Kingdom, as well as the Queen’s past and present personal staff. The Military Knights of Windsor, the honorary bodyguards, will be on duty.
The interment service will begin at 4 p.m. with the casket carried to the catafalque in the notebook. The service will be led by the Dean of Windsor, but prayers will be said by those of other churches at which she was regularly present: the rector of Sandringham, the minister of Crathie Kirk and the chaplain of Windsor Great Park.
A private funeral service will be held at 7.30pm attended only by the King and members of his family, before Queen Elizabeth II is laid to rest with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel.