he royal household paid an emotional closing farewell to the Queen as she was laid to relaxation alongside Prince Philip throughout a personal service at Windsor Fort.
Away from the extreme public glare of the state funeral, solely King Charles and shut household have been current for the interment of Britain’s longest-serving monarch within the tiny King George VI Memorial Chapel on Monday night.
“Sure there have been tears,” stated one senior supply. “After all there have been. However no less than Her Majesty is at peace now.”
The royal Twitter account printed an image of the Queen taken at Balmoral in 1971, with the phrases: “Might flights of Angels sing thee to thy relaxation. In loving reminiscence of Her Majesty The Queen.”
The quote is from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The phrases are stated by Horatio as he pays tribute to his dying good friend Hamlet within the tragedy.
They have been utilized by King Charles on September 12 in his speech to MPs and friends in Parliament’s Westminster Corridor, the place the Queen later lay in state for 5 days.
The Prince and Princess of Wales additionally paid a closing goodbye to the Queen, describing her as “a mom, a grandmother and a fantastic grandmother” in a tweet. The royal household is observing one other week of mourning.
Relations usually are not anticipated to hold out official engagements, and flags at royal residences will stay at half-mast till 8am after the ultimate day of royal mourning.
The Queen handed away, aged 96, at Balmoral Fort on September 8, after a 70-year reign. As she was nearing the tip of her life, she instructed a church chief: “I’ve no regrets,” and was additionally making light-hearted remarks.
On the eve of her demise, the Queen made the feedback to the moderator of the final meeting of the Church of Scotland, who was a visitor at Balmoral. “Her Majesty instructed me she had no regrets,” the Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields instructed the ABC information community after the funeral.
The Queen had additionally led the churchman, who took half within the service at Westminster Abbey, to the window at her beloved Scottish dwelling to look over her gardens on the personal property, and stated it was the place the place she discovered “peace”. Dr Greenshields was staying in a tower room and he defined that she quipped: “Your Queen is sending you to the Tower.”
The Queen was interred within the King George chapel alongside the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April final yr aged 99.
The couple, who shared the longest royal marriage in British historical past, had a pact that whoever died first would wait to be buried alongside the opposite.
The small annex to the principle St George’s Chapel homes the stays of the Queen’s father George VI, her mom the Queen Mom and sister Princess Margaret. When Philip died his coffin was interred within the royal vault of St George’s — able to be moved to the memorial chapel when the Queen died.
An announcement on the royal household’s official web site stated: “The Queen was buried along with the Duke of Edinburgh, at The King George VI Memorial Chapel.” The assertion stated the burial service, which happened at 7.30pm, was performed by the Dean of Windsor.
A senior palace official had stated beforehand that the service and burial could be “completely personal, given it’s a deeply private household event”.
The central characteristic of the pale stone memorial chapel annex, which was added on to the north aspect of St George’s behind the North Quire Aisle in 1969, is a black stone slab set into the ground. It’s inscribed with “George VI” and “Elizabeth” in gold lettering and accompanied by their years of start and demise.
The day of the state funeral was stuffed with private touches, with the wreath adorning the Queen’s coffin that includes a handwritten notice from the King, saying: “In loving and devoted reminiscence. Charles R.”
The day of spectacular pomp, for which Britain is famed around the globe, had began with the Queen’s coffin being moved on the state gun carriage from Westminster Corridor to Westminster Abbey, pulled by Royal Navy rankings, for the state funeral attended by tons of of world leaders, European royals and different dignitaries together with US president Joe Biden.
A pageantry not seen because the demise of King George VI in 1952 then noticed some 3,000 members of the armed forces participating within the funeral procession for the Queen from the abbey, previous Parliament, up Whitehall, throughout Horse Guards, alongside The Mall, previous Buckingham Palace and up Structure Hill to Wellington Arch.
There, her coffin was moved from the gun carriage into the royal hearse to take the late monarch to Windsor, with tons of of 1000’s of individuals lining the streets for her closing journey via the capital and to the citadel. Big numbers watched the funeral procession via London and on the path to a smaller service in Windsor yesterday afternoon.
The Mayor of London’s workplace stated an estimated 80,000 individuals have been in Hyde Park, 75,000 in ceremonial viewing areas and 60,000 on South Carriage Drive.
Total numbers will probably be a lot greater as crowds fashioned on the path to Windsor, the place Thames Valley Police stated 100,000 individuals had turned out.
Greater than 250,000 individuals noticed the Queen mendacity in state in London, in line with the tradition secretary.
Minister Michelle Donelan instructed Sky Information that greater than 1 / 4 of one million mourners “went via parliament” however that it was an approximate determine and the Authorities was nonetheless “crunching the ultimate numbers”. Folks queued around the clock from late final Wednesday till 6.30am on Monday to see her coffin in Westminster Corridor.
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The Queen’s funeral is about to grow to be one of many most-watched TV occasions in historical past. Greater than a billion individuals tuned in to look at the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton and early expectations are the viewers for Monday’s occasions will prime that.
TV crews from have been in London guaranteeing protection was unfold throughout the globe. The elevated viewing figures are additionally partly right down to the rise of social media. Sky Information reported enormous numbers for its accounts, with 24 million views on its YouTube channel and 12 million customers watching on TikTok.