Elizabeth II: the queen buried in the presence of the royal family


The essential

  • Grandiose funeral, concludes with two minutes of silence: a United Kingdom embraced by emotion said goodbye with great pomp on Monday to Elizabeth II, recognized and “joyful” sovereign with global popularity, in the presence of hundreds of foreign dignitaries . A chapter of history has turned with this spectacular religious funeral at Westminster Abbey in London.

  • The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Windsor Castle on Monday, where she was buried privately in the evening at St. George’s Chapel, following a funeral ceremony. After a state funeral and a majestic procession in London, the remains arrived aboard the royal hearse and under military escort, who will be joined by the royal family, in this city located about forty kilometers west of the capital where the queen had resided since the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • French President Emmanuel Macron came on Sunday evening with his wife Brigitte. “We share the pain of the British,” he told reporters earlier.
  • The sovereign, who died at 96, was extremely popular after seventy years of reign, an unprecedented longevity in British history. So much so that tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people have lined up, up to more than 24 hours, night and day, since Wednesday to recover in front of his coffin, exposed in Westminster Hall, the oldest chamber of parliament British.


10:23 p.m. – Queen Elizabeth II was buried in Windsor

Queen Elizabeth II was buried in Windsor, the royal family announced in a statement on Monday evening. After a private ceremony in St. George’s Chapel, the sovereign was buried alongside her husband, Prince Philip.

7:25 p.m. – The tribute of Kate and Meghan through their jewelry

The new Princess of Wales, Kate and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, chose symbolic jewelery to dress up their mourning attire on Monday at Queen Elizabeth II’s grand funeral. Prince William’s wife wore a necklace of four rows of pearls with a diamond clasp, which belonged to Elizabeth II. The Princess of Wales accompanied the jewel with diamond and Bahrain pearl earrings, also from the sovereign’s collection.
More sober, Meghan opted for a simple pair of earrings, also in diamonds and pearls. This jewel was given to her by the Queen in 2018 when she entered the royal family after her marriage to Prince Harry – and before the couple moved with a bang to California and left their official duties. Pearls are also associated with mourning, a symbolism that dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria.

7:13 p.m. – Funeral of Elizabeth II: the virtues of silence

British ceremonial, meticulous and grandiose, gives pride of place to contemplation and silence. An inspiration for our noisy societies.

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6:48 p.m. – The body of Prince Philip defective to return to the Queen’s side

The remains of Elizabeth II will be degraded, along with that of Philip, her husband who died in April 2021 and is currently in the royal vault, in the George-VI memorial in the chapel alongside the Queen’s parents and the ashes of her sister Margaret. .

6:19 p.m. – The queen buried in private

After a final ceremony in Windsor bringing together 800 people, the queen will be buried on Monday evening in privacy, in the George-VI memorial in the castle chapel, alongside her parents, her sister Margaret, and her husband the prince. Philip, who died in April 2021. They were married for 73 years.

6:06 p.m. – The Queen’s last voyage is coming to an end

Elizabeth II’s last voyage has come to an end. his death on September 8, at the age of 96, at his Scottish residence in Balmoral, his closed coffin passed through his kingdom, in a hearse, a Royal Air Force plane, or in slow funeral processions on sad tunes played by brass bands, pulled by horses or sailors. In Edinburgh and then London, hundreds of thousands of people waited for hours, sometimes all night, to treat themselves to the remains of the only monarch that most Britons were never known, whose face, present on the banknotes of banks and stamps, was recognized throughout the world.

5:53 p.m. – The coffin of Elizabeth II lowered into the Royal Vault of Windsor

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Monday afternoon, before being transferred to the family crypt for a later private burial. Before being lowered and the national anthem resounding, the heavy oak and lead coffin was relieved of the jewels that had adorned it since the death of the sovereign on September 8 – the imperial crown, the scepter and the royal orbs symbolizing the Christian world. It will then be transferred, with that of Philip, the husband of Elizabeth II who died in 2021, to the George-VI memorial in the chapel alongside the parents of the queen and her Margaret.

5:45 p.m. – The queen has reached her final resting place

After a funeral with great pomp in London, Elizabeth II joined her final resting place on Monday, the chapel of Saint George at Windsor Castle, where the planetary-speed sovereign is to be buried in private. Throwing a flower, clapping or wiping away a tear, thousands of people lined the roads leading to the west London residence where, still a princess, she took refuge during the Second World War, then passed most of his later years. After the farewells of his family and hundreds of foreign dignitaries at Westminster Abbey, then a parade of 6,000 soldiers through London, the procession, barred from the royal guards in red uniforms and black fur caps, arrived by traversing walking along the impressive “Long Walk”, the alley crossing the domain, black with people.

5:15 p.m. – The last funeral ceremony begins

The procession arrived at Windsor Castle where a ceremony is being held in front of 800 guests, after a procession attended by thousands of Britons. The burial of Queen Elizabeth II will follow, which will take place away from the cameras.

4:54 p.m. – The coffin has arrived in Windsor

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Windsor Castle on Monday, where she will be buried privately in the evening at St. George’s Chapel, following a funeral ceremony. After a state funeral and a majestic procession in London, the remains arrived aboard the royal hearse and under military escort, who will be joined by the royal family, in this city located about forty kilometers west of the capital where the queen had resided since the Covid-19 pandemic.

4:40 p.m. -William and Harry side by side

Princes William and Harry, reputed to be cold, walked side by side behind the coffin of their grandmother Elizabeth II on Monday during her funeral, solemn but without sign of emotion or reconciliation. To the sound of bagpipes, they paraded behind their father the new King Charles III, their uncles Andrew and Edward and their aunt Anne, from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, then, after the religious ceremony attended by dignitaries from all over the world, to Hyde Park from where the coffin left for Windsor Castle in a royal hearse. 25 years ago, the images showing the two brothers of 12 and 15 years walking in solidarity headlong behind the coffin of their mother Diana had moved the whole planet.

4:15 p.m. – The coffin arrives in Windsor

In the streets of Windsor, where the queen will be buried in the evening, the British massed to welcome the arrival of the procession before the arrival of King Charles. A historic procession, the last, takes place in front of the castle.

3:40 p.m. – “Everybody beware”: when Harry and the Windsors are reunited

Gestures of peace are multiplying on the part of the royal family towards the Sussexes. Not sure that’s enough to bury the hatchet…

Read “Everyone beware”: when Harry and the Windsors are reunited

3:18 p.m. – An itinerary to allow as many people as possible to admire the procession

On the road to Windsor, the procession which accompanies the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II follows a well-calculated route and avoids the motorway to allow the British to greet its passage over the 40 kilometers which separate the capital from the castle. The queen herself had chosen this glass hearse so that everyone could see the coffin when the time came.

3:04 p.m. – The King of Spain and his father side by side at the funeral of Elizabeth II

The King of Spain Felipe VI and his father Juan Carlos I, as well as their wives, sat side by side on Monday at Westminster Abbey, an unprecedented public rapprochement since the exile in 2020 of the ex-monarch to the United Arab Emirates on the background of investigations into his fortune. Seated in the area of ​​the abbey reserved for royal families, near the late Queen’s coffin, Felipe VI wore his gala military uniform, Juan Carlos wore a black suit, white shirt and black tie, while their wives were completely dressed in black. They were last seen together in January 2020, at the funeral of a sister of Juan Carlos and aunt of the king.


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