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Queen Elizabeth 2nd is Laid to Rest: The Complete Story in Words and Photos

Queen Elizabeth II is laid to rest. (Photo: Bang ShowBiz)

Queen Elizabeth II is laid to rest. (Photo: Bang ShowBiz)

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin has been interred at St George’s Chapel.

The monarch was lowered into the Royal Vault in the chapel on the Windsor Estate, where it will remain until 7.30 pm on Monday (19.09.22), when a private burial will take place.

During the committal service, the Dean of Windsor received the Instruments of State – the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre which had been placed on top of the coffin – from the Queen’s Bargemaster and a Serjeant of Arms.


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At the end of the service’s final hymn, ‘Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation’, King Charles stepped forward to place The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on top of his mother’s coffin and the Lord Chamberlain broke his wand of office and placed it on top.

The Dean recited Psalm 103.

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He said: “Like as a father pitieth his own children: even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him. For he knoweth whereof we are made: he remembereth that we are but dust.

The days of man are but as grass: for he flourisheth as a flower of the field. For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone: and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon them that fear him: and his righteousness upon children’s children.

“Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul; In the name of God the Father Almighty who created thee; In the name of Jesus Christ who suffered for thee; In the name of the Holy Spirit who strengtheneth thee.

“In communion with the blessèd saints, and aided by Angels and Archangels, and all the armies of the heavenly host, may thy portion this day be in peace, and thy dwelling in the heavenly Jerusalem. Amen.”

The Garter King of Arms then proclaimed the styles and titles of the queen as her coffin was lowered.

He said: “Thus it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life unto His Divine Mercy the late Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Excellent Monarch, Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, and Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.”

The Queen’s Piper then played a lament and the service ended with a blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury before the National Anthem was played.

He said: “Go forth into the world in peace; Be of good courage, hold fast that which is good, render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak, help the afflicted, honour all people, love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit; And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always. Amen.”

 

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Queen Elizabeth II Honored in Her Committal for ‘Service, Love, Faith’

Queen Elizabeth II is carried to her funeral service. (Photo: Bang ShowBiz)

Prayers were said to give thanks for the “service, love and faith” shown by Queen Elizabeth at her committal service on Monday (19.09.22).

The Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of the Royal Chapel, Windsor Great Park, read out a series of prayers inside St George’s Chapel in Windsor, asking God to remember the queen and to give her eternal life as she was laid to rest 11 days after her death at the age of 96.


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The first prayer read by the Rvd Cannon Paul Williams, Rector of Sandringham said: “Remember O Lord, thy servant Elizabeth who has gone before us with the sign of faith, and now rests in sleep. According to thy promises, grant unto her, and to all who repose in Christ, refreshment, light and peace; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The next, read by the Rvd Kenneth Mackenzie, Minister of Crathie Kirk stated: “Merciful Father and Lord of all life, we praise thee that thou hast made us in thine image and that we reflect thy truth and light.

“We give special thanks for the life of thy daughter Elizabeth, for the mercy she received from thee, and for the example that through her life of service, love and faith, she has set before our eyes.

“Above all, we rejoice at thy gracious promise to all thy servants, living and departed, that we shall rise again at the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We pray that, in due time, we may share with our sister that clearer vision when we shall see thy face in the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The third, read by Revd Canon Anthony Howe, the chaplain, called to bring peace to those who have passed away.

He read: “O Father of all, we pray to thee for those whom we love, but see no longer. Grant them peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in thy loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purposes of thy perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The fourth stated: “O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done; then Lord, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The fifth asked for a blessing for King Charles and his family.

It read: “Lord God Almighty, King of creation, bless our King and all Members of the Royal Family. May godliness be their guidance, may sanctity be their strength, may peace on earth be the fruit of their labours, and their joy in heaven thine eternal gift; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The sixth stated: “God save our gracious Sovereign and all the Companions, living and departed, of the Most Honourable and Noble Order of the Garter. Amen.”

The congregation then joined together to recite the Lord’s Prayer.

 

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King Charles, William, Harry meet Queen Elizabeth’s Procession

Queen Elizabeth II’s procession. (Photo: Bang ShowBiz)

Queen Elizabeth’s procession through Windsor ended at St George’s Chapel where her committal service is to get underway.

The late monarch’s coffin was driven from London to Windsor after her state funeral and a procession took her down the Long Walk and through Cambridge Gate to her beloved home at Windsor Castle and to the chapel where she will be laid to rest alongside her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh later on Monday (19.09.22) evening.


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The Queen’s beloved corgis were on the steps of Windsor castle ahead of the coffin’s arrival while Emma – the late monarch’s favourite horse – was also seen waiting for the hearse to pass.

The hearse was met by King Charles and his siblings as well as William, Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex who followed the car while members of staff who served the Queen at Windsor stood nearby and bowed their heads as the coffin passed.

The hearse passed through the Norman Gate and pipers played ‘Flowers of the Forest’ before the procession came to a stop inside the Horseshoe Cloister. The coffin was removed and pallbearers carried it up the steps into St George’s chapel with the royal family party standing to one side before following it inside.

The hearse was covered in flowers thrown by well-wishers who had lined the route from London to Windsor with gun fire being heard every minute, followed five seconds later by the chiming of the Sebastopol Bell.

The Royal Standard was previously raised above Windsor Castle, indicating that King Charles had arrived ahead of the service.

At around 2.30pm, members of the public were asked not to try and get to the Long Walk as it had reached capacity.

A message posted on the Royal Borough of Windsor’s Twitter account read: “Windsor is very busy and The Long Walk is now closed as it would not be safe to allow access to any more visitors. If you are just arriving now, you will be re-directed to Home Park Public viewing screen.”

 

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King Charles Pays Glowing Tribute to Mother Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III pays tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo Bang Showbiz)

King Charles intends to follow Queen Elizabeth’s “shining example” in Northern Ireland.

The 73-year-old king has paid a glowing tribute to the late monarch, acknowledging the “great affection” that she had for the country and the “momentous and historic changes” that she witnessed during her reign.

During a speech at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland on Tuesday (09.13.22), Charles – who held a private audience with the new Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris – said: “On behalf of all my family, I can only offer the most heartfelt thanks for your condolences.


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“I am here today at a time of great personal sorrow as we mark the death of my beloved mother, after a life most faithfully dedicated to the duty to which she had been called.

“It is fitting that we should meet at Hillsborough, which my mother knew so well, and in whose beautiful rose garden she always took such pleasure.”

Charles observed that his mother played a significant role in helping to bring people together in Northern Ireland.

His speech continued: “In the years since she began her long life of public service, my mother saw Northern Ireland pass through momentous and historic changes.

“Through all those years, she never ceased to pray for the best of times for this place and for its people, whose stories she knew, whose sorrows our family had felt, and for whom she had a great affection and regard.

“My mother felt deeply, I know, the significance of the role she herself played in bringing together those whom history had separated, and in extending a hand to make possible the healing of long-held hurts.

“At the very beginning of her life of service, the queen made a pledge to dedicate herself to her country and her people and to maintain the principles of constitutional government.

“This promise she kept with steadfast faith.”

Charles then pledged to follow the example of his mother.

The king said: “Now, with that shining example before me, and with God’s help, I take up my new duties resolved to seek the welfare of all the inhabitants of Northern Ireland.

“During the years of my mother’s reign, it has been a privilege to bear witness to such a devoted life. May it be granted to us all to fulfil the tasks before us so well.”

Alex Maskey, the speaker of the Stormont Assembly, echoed Charles’ thoughts, saying the queen had not been “a distant observer” in the country’s transformation.

He said: “[The queen] demonstrated how individual acts of positive leadership can help break down barriers and encourage reconciliation.”

King Charles led his family in a royal procession behind Queen Elizabeth’s coffin in Edinburgh on Monday (09.12.22).

The 73-year-old monarch was reunited with his siblings – Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – in the Scottish capital, where the queen’s coffin was taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to nearby St Giles’ Cathedral.

The queen’s children all walked in a line behind the hearse, before attending a service of thanksgiving alongside people from all areas of Scottish society.

Camilla, Queen Consort and Sophie, Countess of Wessex followed the siblings in cars.

During the service, Reverend Calum MacLeod spoke of the queen’s deep-rooted love for Scotland.

King Charles leading the procession. (Photo: Bang ShowBiz)

He said: “We gather to bid Scotland’s farewell to our late monarch, whose life of service to the nation and the world we celebrate. And whose love for Scotland was legendary.”

All of the siblings wore their military uniform for the occasion, except Prince Andrew, who is no longer a working member of the royal family.

Large crowds lined the streets of Edinburgh during the procession, and members of the public will now be allowed to view the coffin to pay their respects to the queen for 24 hours, before it’s taken to London.

The queen’s body will lay in state for four days in London, and her funeral will be held on September 19 at Westminster Abbey.

The service will likely be conducted by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle, and the sermon will be given by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Members of the royal family will be joined at the service by senior UK politicians and former prime ministers.

Heads of state from across the world will also attend the service at the abbey.

The day of the funeral has been made a bank holiday in honour of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the service will represent the final stage of a period of national mourning.

 

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Prince William, Harry Reunite in Show of Support for Queen Elizabeth II

Prince William and Harry reunite at the funeral of their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo: Bang ShowBiz)

Princes William and Harry reunited on Saturday (09.10.22) to greet members of the public outside Windsor Castle.

The new Prince of Wales was joined by his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales, while Harry was accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex, as the royals met members of the public outside the castle following the death of Queen Elizabeth on Thursday (09.08.22).

The two brothers and their wives spent some time looking at the flowers and other tokens of respect left by the public at the royal residence.


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They subsequently shook hands with well-wishers and received bouquets of flowers from them.

The visit to Windsor Castle marks William and Harry’s first joint public appearance since the Queen’s death.

A royal source told PEOPLE that William considered the walkabout to be “an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family”.

William previously paid a heartfelt tribute to the queen, who died aged 96.

The prince – who has Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, with the Princess of Wales – also admitted he was still trying to come to terms with the loss of his grandmother.

He said in a statement: “On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.

“I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.

“She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.”

 

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Prince Willaim pays tribute to the queen. (Photo: Bang ShowBiz)

Prince William said his grandmother The Queen would never have “believed” the masses of mourners lining the streets of London for hours and hours to pay their respects to the late monarch.


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The Prince of Wales and King Charles surprised queuers at Lambeth Bridge, south London, on Saturday (17.09.22), by greeting them as they waited in line for their chance to spend a split second with the late queen’s coffin lying in state at Westminster Hall.

And he told one group they were doing an “amazing job” in honouring Britain’s longest-serving sovereign, who passed away aged 96 on September 8.

The emotional prince said: “She would never have believed all this.

“It seems to be uniting everyone and bringing everyone together.

“It means an awful lot that you’re here, it really does.

“You’re doing an amazing job.”

William and his father were met with huge cheers and many shouted “God Save the King”, “God Save the Prince of Wales” and “we love you, William”.

The 40-year-old royal joked at one point that his 73-year-old father was racing along the metal barriers between the royals and the public, while he held back and spoke with them.

He smiled: “My father’s way quicker than me.”

In the evening, William led his brother, Prince Harry, and their cousins in a historical vigil around the queen’s coffin.

Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn surrounded all took part in what marked the first vigil by grandchildren of a late sovereign.

After proceeding towards the coffin by the prompts of the knocks of a guard’s sword, they each took their place with heads bowed for the 15-minute silence out of respect for the queen.

William stood at the head of the coffin and his brother at the foot. Both wore military uniforms at the request of the king – with the latter wearing his for the first time in two years.

Near to William were Zara and Peter, the children of Anne, Princess Royal and Mark Phillips.

Harry, meanwhile, stood close to Beatrice and Eugenie, and Louise and Severn, the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s children, stood halfway along the coffin.

It came 24 hours after the grandchildren’s parents held their own vigil.

 

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The Queen’s Final Days: ‘Perky,’ in ‘Good Form’ Right Until the End

Queen Elizabeth II’s final days recounted. (Photo: Bang ShowBiz)

Queen Elizabeth passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8 and just days before her death, she hosted her Bowes-Lyons cousins for a shooting party.

Queen Elizabeth was “on good form” and “perky” in her final days.


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The 96-year-old monarch passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8 and just days before her death, she hosted her Bowes-Lyons cousins for a shooting party.

The Queen also enjoyed watching BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker’s weather forecasts, with a source telling the Daily Mail newspaper: “It was like a bit of a crush; she always wanted to watch the forecasts when he was on. She was amused hearing the cadences when his name was read out but she loved watching him, too.”

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, dined with her just days before her death and said she was “in good spirits”, “engaging” company and “absolutely on the ball”.

He added: “She was talking about her past, her love for Balmoral, her father, her mother, Prince Philip, horses, very much engaged with what was happening in the church and what was happening in the nation, too.

“Her health was frail, we knew that, but when I left her on Sunday she was very positive, and I’m just finding it very hard to believe that in those few days things had changed so much.”

She also spoke via telephone with her horse trainer Clive Cox about the prospects of her filly Love Affairs.

He said: “We talked about the filly, how the race might pan out, how another horse of hers was doing in my stable and about a couple of other things. She was as sharp as a tack.”

Speaking about the dinner party, the Queen hosted for her shooting guests, a source told The Sun newspaper: “It was unusual as it was very casual. No one was smartly dressed.

“But the Queen was in sparkling form. She was very, very jolly. She was funny, joking. She was buoyant.”

 

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