Queen’s final funeral: King Charles holds back tears as the coffin is lowered into the royal vault


Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin carried from Westminster Hall ahead of state funeral

King Charles III fought back tears as the Queen’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The national anthem was sung as the king stood in silence, while outside the chapel the crowd wept as the coffin was last seen.

The coffin of the late monarch was transported by car from central London, following a procession to Wellington’s Arch from Westminster Abbey, where hundreds of mourners gathered this morning for his funeral.

In his sermon at his funeral at Westminster Abbey, the Archbishop of Canterbury said “we will meet again”, echoing words spoken by the Queen to the nation during the coronavirus pandemic. He also praised her for “her abundant life and loving service.”

Some 2,000 mourners – including world leaders like US President Joe Biden – attended the service at the 1,269-year-old church.

Monday’s state funeral was the first of its kind since Winston Churchill received the honor in 1965.


Woman says she pays tribute to Queen ‘in mind’ to have her children

In a BBC TV interview, a woman said it was better to see the Queen’s coffin than to become a mother to her two children.

Sarah and her partner Mark were among the last people to see the Queen lying in Westminster Hall ahead of today’s state funeral.

Read the full story here by Maryam Zakir-Hussain


Paddington station chaos continues during Queen’s funeral

Travel disruption is set to continue for many people who traveled to and from Paddington station for events marking the Queen’s funeral today.

No trains have been able to enter or leave West London station since 6.30am due to damage to overhead power wires near Hayes and Harlington station.

Services run by GWR, Heathrow Express and the Elizabeth line were interrupted all day. People traveling to funeral events in Windsor from Paddington have also been affected.

Earlier this evening, Network Rail tweeted a six-part update:

A Network Rail spokesperson said: ‘We are very sorry for the disruption which is expected to continue throughout the day.

“We are working hard to get services running as soon as possible and passengers are strongly advised to check before travelling.

“We will continue to update passengers as the situation evolves.”

Network Rail said there were no issues affecting other major stations in London.


Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter praises ‘brave’ Queen

Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter said, writing for the Independentthat his grandfather’s friendship with Queen Elizabeth II showed the monarch’s strength of character.

Ndileka Mandela said the anti-apartheid activist and the Queen had “held each other in such high regard that they named each other”, which apparently broke royal protocol.

She writes: “Today I carry in my heart two truths. The first is that the legacy of British imperialism is painful, even terrible in many places.

“But I also weep with your country and your people; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a leader of ability, confidence and courage. »

Ms Mandela adds: “When the mourning is officially over, when he wonders what his role in the world can and should be, I would invite King Charles to reflect on the closeness of his mother and my grandfather, and this what it means for the possibility of principled leadership in the world.

You can read all of his words here:


All on set: ‘Thank you Madam, for everything’

Two London Underground workers paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral in the way they know best – on a public notice whiteboard near the escalators at North Greenwich station.

Ian Redpath and Jeremy Chopra were the anonymous creators of the motivational and inspirational @allontheboard quotes for commuters before their identities were revealed in 2020.

Today they drew Paddington Bear’s tribute to the Queen after her death, which reads: ‘Thank you madam, for everything.’

The bond between HRH and Paddington Bear has been forged over decades in books and plays and earlier this year Buckingham Palace suggested the Queen be filmed opposite the Peruvian bear to kick off his Jubilee TV concert.


Watch: The Royal Family leave St George’s Chapel after the coffin is lowered

After thanking those who led the engagement service for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, King Charles and the Queen Consort left St George’s Chapel.

Royal family leaves Windsor Castle after Queen Elizabeth II is imprisoned

They were followed in stages by other members of the Royal Family, who had also stopped to speak to the Dean and the Archbishop after the Queen’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault.


King Charles sat in the same seat as the Queen for Duke’s funeral

King Charles III had sat in the same seat as Queen Elizabeth II sat alone for the funeral of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, during the Covid pandemic.

Queen Elizabeth II sat alone in St George’s Chapel during Prince Philip’s funeral

(Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)

Prince William, Prince of Wales, also followed in his father’s footsteps and sat in the same seat the King sat in for the funeral at St George’s Chapel in April 2021.


King Charles III and the Royal Family weep with emotion as the Queen is lowered into the Royal Vault

King Charles III appeared to hold back tears as he stood in silence as an emotionally charged chorus of ‘God save the King’ was sung in St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

The queen was then lowered into the royal vault.

The royal family looked grim as they left the chapel after an emotional burial service for the sovereign.



(Getty Pictures)


The Queen’s coffin last seen in public

The Queen’s coffin was last seen in public after being lowered into the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The national anthem is sung as King Charles III reflects as he stands silently in the chapel.



The final hymn is sung at the end of the Queen’s engagement service

The final hymn was sung as the King prepared to drape the camp color of the Queen’s Company of the Grenadier Guards over the coffin.

Once in place, the color was then accompanied by the Lord Chamberlain’s wand of office, which he symbolically broke.

The purpose of breaking the wand is to create symmetry with the three Instruments of State that had been removed from the casket.

The Imperial Crown, Orb and Scepter were removed from the Queen’s coffin and placed on the altar in St George’s Chapel by the Dean of Windsor.





What is the “office wand” and why will it be broken for the queen

The wand of office is a thin white staff, owned by Lord Chamberlin, which was once believed to be a device used to discipline courtiers if they were too rowdy.

The symbolic breaking of this wand is a traditional part of every sovereign’s funeral, but it will be the first time the public has witnessed this act since 1952 at the funeral of King George VI.


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