Queen Elizabeth II was honored with a state funeral at Westminster Abbey, which also served as the backdrop for several important milestones in her reign as Queen of England.
The late sovereign was laid to rest on Monday, September 19, with a ceremonial procession and service at Westminster Abbey in London. The process began when the Royal Navy carried the queen’s coffin from the Palace of Westminster to the Abbey in the State Gun Carriage. The royal family, including King Charles IIIthe queen’s youngest children and members of the new king’s household, followed behind Her Majesty’s coffin before the service was performed by the Dean of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
As royals and visiting dignitaries, as well as community residents renowned for their extraordinary volunteer efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic, mourned Elizabeth’s death on Monday, her surroundings hold significant meaning for the late regent. Westminster Abbey was also the site of the queen’s coronation in June 1953 when she was 27 years old.
“It’s kind of the beginning of one’s life as a sovereign,” Elizabeth said in the coronation documentary for the BBC, which aired in January 2018. “I have seen a coronation [my father George VI’s in 1937]and has been the addressee in the other, which is quite remarkable.”
She joked at the time: “There are some downsides to crowns. [like its weight] but otherwise they are very important”.
Westminster Abbey also served as the setting for another monumental occasion in her life: her wedding to Prince Philip. Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99, celebrated their royal wedding at the London church in November 1947.
The Gothic-style church was first built in the 13th century and has been the burial place of many late British monarchs over the years ever since. Like Elizabeth and Philip, several other members of the royal family have even held their own weddings at the cathedral. Prince Andrew and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson — who separated in 1992 — married at Westminster Abbey, almost 25 years before Andrew’s nephew prince william married princess kate there.
Following the queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey, the royals will travel in a hearse to St George’s Chapel in Windsor, England, for a betrothal service. The Windsor service was also the wedding site for prince harry Y Meghan Markle Y princess eugenie Y jack brooks bankboth in 2018. The royals later attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at his chapel last year.
While Philip, who served as prince consort during his wife’s reign, did not have a state funeral due to the coronavirus pandemic, their four sons, Charles, 73, princess anne, Prince Andrew Y prince edward — attended along with Elizabeth and the couple’s eight grandchildren.
“For me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have found great comfort in the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work, from across the country, the Commonwealth and the world,” he said. the queen before. she spoke about the loss of her husband during the 2021 Christmas address. “Her sense of service, intellectual curiosity, and ability to wring fun out of any situation were irrepressible. That mischievous, inquisitive glow was just as bright at the end as when I first saw it. But life, of course, consists of final goodbyes as well as first meetings; And as much as my family and I miss him, I know he would want us to enjoy Christmas.”