Queen Elizabeth II has made personal additions to plans for the day of her funeral, Buckingham Palace has announced.
One of her wishes is for her personal bagpiper to play a lament.
The state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday is likely to be one of the biggest single ceremonial events held in Britain since the Second World War.
A national two-minute silence will be held as the service draws to a close, shortly before noon.
The order of the service, with its choice of music and readings of parts of the Bible, is expected to be more reflective of the Queen’s personal choice of funeral.
Palace aides said the Queen had been consulted on all the details.
The coffin with the Queen’s body will first be transferred to Westminster Abbey, for a religious service in front of thousands of people, and then to Windsor Castle, where a private service will be held.
Then, in the evening, she will be buried next to her husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.
Hundreds of statesmen and religious representatives will attend the state funeral.
Members of royal families from all over Europe are expected, many of whom are the Queen’s blood relatives.
All officials will be transported to Westminster Abbey in luxury buses, except for the US president, who exclusively drives in his own car called the Beast.
The protocol must take into account who will be placed in which bus and later who will sit where during the service.
In addition to members of the royal family, politicians and world leaders, 200 people who have been awarded in honor of the Queen’s birthday will also attend, including those who helped in the fight against the corona virus pandemic.
A former policeman who was awarded the George Cross after being shot 15 times is also among those to attend the state funeral.
“I’m incredibly honored to be involved,” said 84-year-old Officer Tony Gledhill.
The event’s official organiser, the Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, said his role was “both an honor and a daunting one”.
The duke, who assumed the hereditary position in 2002, said Monday’s service should “unite people around the world and be in harmony with people of all faiths.”
Events on Monday will begin with a funeral procession, where the Queen’s coffin will be moved from Westminster Hall, where it has been on display for the past few days, to a nearby abbey.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his brother William, the new Prince of Wales, will once again walk side by side behind the Queen’s coffin during the procession.
The Queen’s coffin will be carried on a hearse which was used for the funerals of Edward VII, George V, George VI and Sir Winston Churchill.
It will be towed by 142 Royal Navy sailors.
The Queen’s funeral, which is expected to be attended by 2,000 guests, will begin at 12 noon CET in Westminster Abbey.
It will be a state funeral – an event typically reserved for kings or queens, following strict rules of protocol.
The service will last one hour, ending with a two-minute silence.
The skies over London will be silent during the two-minute silence, as all flights will be temporarily suspended at airports.
In addition to the Archbishop of Canterbury, prayers will be read by Prime Minister Liz Truss and representatives of other religious denominations.
The Abbey, where the funeral takes place, is a historic church where British kings and queens are crowned.
Queen Elizabeth was also crowned there in 1953.
It is also the place where the then Princess Elizabeth married Prince Filip in 1947.
Since the 18th century, there has been no burial of a monarch in the abbey, although the funeral of the Queen Mother was held there in 2002.
Towards the end of the service, the Last Post, a military trumpet composition, will be played, followed by a national two-minute silence.
The end of the state funeral will be marked by the playing of the Queen’s bagpipes.
After the service at the Abbey, the Queen’s coffin will be carried on a carriage through London, accompanied by her family to Wellington Arch, passing Buckingham Palace on the way.
At the end of that journey, the coffin will be transferred from the carriage to a specially designed Jaguar-Land Rover car that will take it at a slightly higher speed to Windsor Castle, where the funeral and burial will take place.
The Queen’s body will be transported on a carriage that has been used since the funeral of Queen Victoria in 1901.
The bells of Big Ben will be tolling all the time as the casket moves along the planned route.
The coffin containing the Queen’s body will then be taken to Windsor Castle, before a funeral service will be held at St George’s Chapel at 4pm.
Tradition dictates that in Windsor itself, the gun carriage is not pulled by horses, but by British sailors precisely because of the incident at Queen Victoria’s funeral, when there was a mix-up with the horses and the sailors who were there as security at the funeral rushed in.
The castle, which has been the continuous home of 40 monarchs for almost 1,000 years, held special significance for Queen Elizabeth II during her lifetime.
As a teenager, she was sent to Windsor during the war years because the Germans were bombing London, and during the corona virus pandemic it was her almost permanent residence.
Saint George’s Chapel is the church regularly chosen by the royal family for weddings, baptisms and funerals.
In 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married here, and the funeral of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, was held here.
As the Queen’s coffin is lowered into the royal vault, the Archbishop of Canterbury will read a benediction, and the Queen’s bagpiper, at her personal request, will play again.
The Crown Jeweler will be present to take the crown from the Queen’s casket and transport it back to the Tower of London.
A final private funeral for immediate family members will be held at 7:30 p.m.
The Queen will be buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where she will lie with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year.
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