The state funeral of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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September 19 is the day for Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral in Westminster Abbey in London, possibly the greatest gathering of world leaders and diplomatic representatives ever seen. King Charles III, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex will wear military dress.

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Before the service, the tenor bell is tolled every minute for 96 minutes, reflecting the years of Queen Elizabeth II’s life.The service is conducted by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE, Dean of Westminster. Music before the service will include „Reliqui domum meum”, „Prelude on ‘Ecce jam noctis’ Op 157 no 3”, „Fantasy on ‘O Paradise’”, „Elegy Op 58 – Edward Elga” but many others. Procession of the Coffin will enter the Abbey as The Choir of Westminster Abbey sings.

The first biddings will say:
„In grief and also in profound thanksgiving we come to this House of God, to a place of prayer, to a church where remembrance and hope are sacred duties. Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we gather from across the nation, from the Commonwealth, and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to remember her long life of selfless service, and in sure confidence to commit her to the mercy of God our maker and redeemer.
With gratitude we remember her unswerving commitment to a high calling over so many years as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. With admiration we recall her life-long sense of duty and dedication to her people. With thanksgiving we praise God for her constant example of Christian faith and devotion. With affection we recall her love for her family and her commitment to the causes she held dear.

Now, in silence, let us in our hearts and minds recall our many reasons for thanksgiving, pray for all members of her family, and commend Queen Elizabeth to the care and keeping of almighty God.”


After the long service in Westminster Abbey the coffin will be deposed at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The Blessing will be pronounced by The Most Reverend and The Right Honourable Justin Welby, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan.
More than 10,000 military staff are to perform their “last duty” to the Queen during her state funeral.
King Charles III’s first acts as monarch was to approve a national bank holiday, on the day of the Queen’s state funeral.