Latest Updates on Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II took place in the United Kingdom on Monday, September 19. It was a very emotional day for many as they said farewell to the beloved queen, who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96. The United Kingdom halted all activities, including some businesses and schools closing. 

On Monday evening, the queen’s coffin was put into the vault beneath St. George’s Chapel, right after the Imperial State Crown, Orb, and Scepter were removed from the top of her coffin. 

Earlier on Monday, thousands of people lined the streets as the procession moved to Windsor for the official burial. These people also got a chance to throw flowers at the vehicle that was departing to Windsor from Wellington Arch in Central London. King Charles III and the Queen Consort, along with other royals, traveled by car. 

Earlier on, the funeral service was held at Westminster Abbey, where the Queen was originally crowned in 1953. After this service, her coffin made its way through Central London during a funeral procession that was a mile long, involving thousands of members of the U.K.’s military. 

On top of her coffin was a simple note from King Charles III that said, “in loving and devoted memory – Charles R.” 

According to many British officials, planning a state funeral this extravagant was a nightmare. One of the officers compared it to “arranging 100 state visits all in one go.” Fortunately, so far, the events have occurred in a timely manner with only a couple of minutes behind schedule despite the complicated planning process. 

Despite all of the people crowded in the congested streets, the mood around Westminster Palace was mostly calm. Thousands of people were somberly congregated to watch the procession go by. 

Police officers from all over the country helped guide the congregated people along. Many people brought lawn chairs and step-ladders, and some even resorted to climbing lamp posts and buildings to see over the crowd. Some also climbed onto the shoulders of their partners or friends.

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