Elizabeth II to her final resting place at Windsor Castle

Elizabeth II to her final resting place at Windsor Castle

Dina Mahmoud (London)

At a distance that stretched from the heart of the British capital, London, to the historic Windsor Castle, located about 35 kilometers west of it, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest on the throne of the United Kingdom, made her last journey in a solemn funeral ceremony, which took place over a period of about nine hours, with the participation of nearly 200 From leaders, leaders and representatives of different countries of the world, amid crowds lined up along the roads, through which the body passed.
King Charles III and his brothers and the rest of the royal family in Britain advanced the funeral procession, which began this morning, by transporting the late queen’s coffin from the foyer of “Westminster Hall”, in which it was imprisoned for more than four days so that hundreds of thousands of people could take a last look at it, to The historic Westminster Abbey church is nearby.
The casket, bearing the royal crown, scepter and golden ball next to a wreath, was carried aboard a British naval gun carriage, dragged by 142 soldiers, in a tradition followed for the first time since 1979, at the funeral of Lord Mountbatten, the prince’s uncle. Philip, the late Queen’s husband, who also died in March last year.
The carriage itself was used at the funeral of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth’s father, in 1952.
This is the first time that the British have watched a live broadcast of the ceremony of removing the crown, sceptre and golden ball from atop the coffin of one of their kings, although the funeral of George VI, the father of the late Queen, was the first to be televised in 1952.
In the presence of about 2,000 people, including dozens of world leaders and heads of state and government along with senior members of the royal family in Britain, the official funeral ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey, that historic church, which previously hosted the wedding ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II herself in 1947, and her coronation six years later.
The Reverend David Hoyle led the funeral, the first for a British monarch at this place since the eighteenth century, although 2002 saw the funeral of Queen Elizabeth the mother. Hoyle praised the late Queen’s busy career, her dedication “for her country and the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, as well as her love for her family.”
She also spoke during the ceremony, British Prime Minister Liz Terrass and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland, alongside the Bishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, before the state funeral concluded, with the performance of the late Queen’s flute player, on her recommendation before her death, a funeral fragment, which followed the national anthem, and two minutes A silence, witnessed across the United Kingdom, during which the flights were stopped over central London, to avoid any noise.
The body was transported in a second funeral procession by foot, which walked from “Westminster Abbey” to “Wellington Arch”, at one of the entrances to the famous “Hyde Park”, and was presented by King Charles and the most prominent members of his family, to the sound of the famous “Big Ben” bells and artillery shots, before To begin his journey by carriage to the historic Windsor Castle, in a state funeral, the first in Britain since the death of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965.

royal cemetery
During the afternoon and evening, Windsor Castle witnessed other funeral ceremonies, one of which included hundreds of people, while the other was limited to members of the royal family, to be buried after that Queen Elizabeth, in the small King George VI Memorial Chapel, which forms part of St. George’s Church in the castle Which the late Queen made her residence during the outbreak of the “Corona” epidemic.
The Queen is buried in a mausoleum on which her name, year of birth and death are inscribed, along with her father, mother, sister, and also her husband Prince Philip, whose coffin has been placed in what is known as the “royal burial” at Windsor Castle, since his death a year and a half ago, to be buried in next to his wife.
As part of the funeral security plan, in which nearly 10,000 police participated, helicopters and drones flew over the heart of London, and along the road to Windsor Castle, and major streets in the center of the British capital were closed to cars, and a number of bus and train stations stopped. Tunnels close to work, and metal barriers with a total length of about 36 kilometers, were installed in more than one area near the Parliament House and Hyde Park, either to close some roads or to determine the direction of pedestrians on other roads.
According to experts, the televised funeral of Queen Elizabeth II broke all records for events previously broadcast in direct transmission, as they estimated that they were watched by more than four billion people, around the world.
By these estimates, the late Queen’s funeral is the most watched live event in the world.
The British authorities had announced, shortly after the death of the late Queen at Balmoral Palace in Scotland on the eighth of this month at the age of 96, that the funeral day would be an official holiday, which provided the opportunity for many Britons from inside and outside London, to participate in the last look at The coffin of the longest-reigning queen in their country’s modern history roams the streets of downtown the capital for the last time. Away from the roads where the procession traveled, most shops were closed, along with schools, government departments, theaters and cinemas.
The burial of the corpse represented the climax of the funeral ceremonies in Britain, since her death 12 days ago.

The Queen’s family fights back tears
The faces of the late Queen Elizabeth’s closest relatives were bleak and pale as they followed her coffin to Westminster Abbey for her meticulously arranged and meticulous funeral, today.
The first row behind the casket, which was carried on a cannon cart pulled by soldiers from the Royal Navy from Westminster Hall near the chapel, consisted of King Charles, the late Queen’s eldest son, and his siblings, Princess Anne, Princes Andrew and Edward.
Behind them came Princes William and Harry, sons of King Charles, and other prominent members of the royal family, and their faces were clearly touched, and overwhelmed with tears, at this solemn moment.
King Charles and heir to the throne, his son Prince William, drove to the hall together in a royal chariot and were greeted with applause from the crowds of mourners and mourners who filled the streets of central London for the ceremony.
But everyone was completely silent the moment the queen’s coffin came out, and the members of the royal family walked to the sound of psalms and bells. King Charles, Princess Anne and Princes Edward and William, all in royal military uniforms, saluted the casket as it was lifted from the artillery carriage in front of the church. Inside the chapel waited for Camilla, the consort of the king on the throne, Kate, wife of Prince William and their two children George, nine, and Charlotte, seven, as well as Meghan, wife of Prince Harry. Members of the royal family followed the casket along the aisle of the church, and close-up television footage of their faces showed their apparent sadness.

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