The Lord Chamberlain broke the staff of St George’s Chapel


He placed it on top of the coffin, a gesture that symbolizes the end of Elizabeth II’s reign

Elizabeth II has been resting in Windsor Castle since Monday afternoon. In an emotional farewell, much more reserved than the funeral held in the morning at Westminter Abbey, as there were only 800 guests, the remains of the sovereign who died on the 8th at the age of 96 were taken to the royal crypt in a image that marked the end of a long and historic reign, which thousands of Britons will keep fresh in their minds.

The coffin was transferred to the chapel of San Jorge for the final farewell ceremony, before the monarch was buried in an act reserved only for the royal family. The coffin was housed in a small nave next to the royal crypt known as the George VI Memorial. There are the remains of his parents – King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes – and the ashes of his sister Margaret. And there will now be transferred those of her husband, Prince Felipe, who died in April 2021, who rests in the crypt of the kings.

Among the 800 people who attended this ceremony were Felipe VI and Queen Emeritus Doña Sofia, as well as other dignitaries. Employees of the sovereign were also invited. The monarch was sacked in the same location where there had been previous joys and sorrows: from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Philip’s funeral. On that occasion, Elizabeth II was able to see her in complete solitude saying goodbye to her husband due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus epidemic. The photo went around the world. The monarch admitted that he felt weak as the farewell music played.

The delegation was chaired by key members of the royal family. King Charles III and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, walked just a few steps behind the coffin. The Dean of Windsor accompanied the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to Mass.

Before proceeding to lower the remains to the crypt, the symbols placed on the coffin were removed. Tradition indicates that the imperial crown, orb and scepter are placed next to the altar. Only the sovereign’s banner remained on the coffin. The Lord Chamberlain, the most senior official in the Royal Household, broke his command staff and placed it on the coffin, a gesture symbolizing the end of Elizabeth II’s reign. The monarch came to the throne in 1952.

Source: La Verdad


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