UK’s Queen Elizabeth II laid to rest after grand farewell

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LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Monday afternoon started her final journey a 25 mile stretch westward from Westminster Abbey in central London to Windsor Citadel within the county of Berkshire, the place she spent a lot of her time in recent times.

There she was to be laid to relaxation on the royal chapel subsequent to her beloved husband Prince Phillip, who predeceased her in 2021. Solely members of the British royal household, led by her successor King Charles III, attended the personal ceremony.

Earlier, in an hour lengthy church service on the Abbey, which has existed and expanded since 960 AD and is situated in central London, Elizabeth, who reigned for 70 years, was given the grandest of ultimate farewells. She had acquired married on the identical Abbey 75 years in the past.

President of India Droupadi Murmu was current on the proceedings. In comparison with different Commonwealth heads of presidency or state, she unassumingly arrived early on the venue, carrying a darkish blue silk sari and a cardigan. She took her appointed seat within the midst of two,000 assembled invitees. On Sunday night, she attended a reception hosted by Charles and Queen Consort Camilla for 500 overseas dignitaries. Charles greeted the President warmly and was seen engaged in a short dialog along with her.

In an Anglican Christian service, with leaders of a number of religions within the viewers, Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth – a company close to and pricey to Elizabeth – learn the primary lesson from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians in regards to the ressurrection of Jesus Christ . She was adopted by the British Prime Minister Liz Truss, who learn a passage from John, which stated: ‘Let not your coronary heart worry…’

Then spoke the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who’s the worldwide head of the Church of England. He stated: “She (Elizabeth) was present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.”

Emperor Naruhito of Japan, President Joe Biden of the US and President Emmanuel Macron of France had been amongst a galaxy of overseas dignitaries seated both facet of the south and north aisles. “I’ll miss her terribly,” stated Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Canada, Australia and New Zealand, amongst different territories, had been among the many “realms” the place Elizabeth was head of state and Charles now’s.

All dwelling former British Prime Ministers and their spouses had been noticeable attired in black, like most others.

On what was declared a Financial institution Vacation, there was no Monday morning site visitors within the British capital. Sniffer canines, although, had been busy within the space across the Abbey to forestall any untoward incident.

The reside tv protection by BBC was projected on massive screens at spacious areas round Britain. Tens of hundreds camped in a single day in such locations to make sure they acquired a ringside view of the state adieu to Elizabeth. 125 cinemas within the nation reportedly confirmed the ceremonies reside as effectively.

200 different nations, together with India, watched simulcasts of the protection by way of the BBC World News channel or bbc.com. International TV networks like PBS, CNN and Fox of the US and ABC of Australia, with their very own anchors and studio commentators, lined the occasion in parallel.

The size of world curiosity was unprecedented. More and more, from 8 am, accredited reporters hovered across the Abbey. At the present time was inevitable and had been deliberate for years by the royal family. However, the organizers gave themselves 11 days’ time between Elizabeth’s dying to her funeral to get it proper.

At 6.30 am, the final of the estimated three quarters of one million mourners filed previous the coffin mendacity in state at Westminster Corridor within the Homes of Parliament reverse the Abbey. Disruptions on trains arriving in London and elements of town’s underground system inconvenienced commuters.

quarter-hour earlier than the service commenced, the coffin was ceremonially moved in a gun carriage with troopers in accompaniment from Westminster Corridor to the Abbey. Charles, his brothers Andrew and Edward, sister Anne and sons William and Harry adopted the physique on foot.

Lastly, the coffin, with Elizabeth’s crown positioned on it – because it has been for days – was carried away from the Abbey on the shoulders of troopers in vivid crimson tunics right into a sunny courtyard, which faces London’s Parliament Sq., the centerpiece of which is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Again on the gun carriage, Charles and household and troopers of varied armed forces marching round it, Elizabeth launched into her triumphant final journey by way of Buckingham Palace, her London dwelling, to the inexperienced and nice fields of Windsor.

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