2,200 guests, 500 heads of state and leaders… This will be Elizabeth II’s funeral


Following the funeral, the Queen will be buried in King George VI’s memorial chapel in Windsor, where her father rests and where her husband’s remains will be transferred

More than 2,200 guests are expected, including 500 heads of state and dignitaries. The attendees begin entering the abbey at 9:00 am. The heads of state will meet earlier at the Royal Hospital, in the Chelsea district, from where they will move together. The President of the United States and his wife will be among the few who do not have access to public transportation.

Royal families from all over Europe will be in attendance, many of them relatives of the British. In addition to the King and Queen of Spain, the presence of the Dutch, Belgian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Monegasque royal families is expected.

The British royal family has not invited a representative from Russia, Belarus or Myanmar. In the case of, for example, North Korea and Nicaragua, the help of diplomats has been requested, but not from heads of state.

The carriage, designed at the end of the 19th century to carry a cannon, weighs two and a half tons. Since then it has been used for ceremonial use. An officer is in charge of maintenance, polishing it once a week and turning the wheels a quarter turn so that they do not deform from the weight.

Originally it was dragged on horseback, but at Queen Victoria’s funeral in February 1901, it was so cold that the animals refused to pull it. Soldiers were improvised to tow it and it’s been like this ever since.

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The final ceremony will be held at Windsor Castle Chapel before 800 attend a service led by the Dean of Windsor. The symbols of the government – the crown and flag – will be placed on the altar, so that from there they will return to the Tower of London, where they will be kept.

Three and a half hours after Mass has started in the chapel of San Jorge, the body is buried at 8.30 pm in the presence of his close relatives. As with the other monarchs buried there, only her queen name, the year of her birth and the year of her death will be engraved on the tombstone: ‘Elizabeth II (1926-2022)’.

Source: La Verdad


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