After the death of Elizabeth II, the time has come for the royal funeral. Grandiose and extraordinary funerals that require a foolproof organization. When and where will the ceremony take place? Where will the late Queen be buried? Who is expected at the funeral? Answers.
The UK is in mourning. Elizabeth II left this world at the age of 96 on September 8, at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland . On September 11, the coffin of the late Queen was transported to Edinburgh , at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish royal residence. So that the Scots can pay homage to the mother of the roi Charles III , the funeral procession made a journey of no less than 300 kilometers. Then, the coffin must rest in London for a few days until the date of the funeral, September 19. A grand funeral. ' This is the biggest international event that we have organized for decades “, specified a source of the British government to the Telegraph . That day will be bank holiday in uk .
Tribute to Elizabeth II: The Queen's coffin enters Westminster Hall pic.twitter.com/BknMYyca2c— BFMTV (@BFMTV) September 14, 2022
The funeral of Elizabeth II will begin Monday, September 19 at 11 a.m. local time . But before the start of the state funeral, which Buckingham Palace has already announced, there are several stages. Since September 14, the coffin of Elizabeth II has been on display in Westminster Hall, and guarded night and day by soldiers. The British can go there to see the coffin of the Queen, but they are warned: the queue is extremely long! On September 15, the British Digital Department indicated through a video broadcast in real time that the queue to access the famous room measured more than 6.5 kilometers.
It's in Westminster Abbey, London , that the farewell ceremony to Elizabeth II must take place. The crowd will be held all along the wide avenue of the Mall and large screens will broadcast the funeral live, in the royal parks. The coffin is then to be carried to Wellington's Arch, Hyde Park Corner, London, before departing for Windsor, Berkshire, where the Queen will be buried in St George's Chapel in the château de Windsor , which was the preferred residence of the Queen of England .
Death of Elizabeth II: Guard passes out during vigil at Westminster Hall pic.twitter.com/FDQYD0sFFc— BFMTV (@BFMTV) September 15, 2022
Death of Elizabeth II: the powerful images of the procession between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Hall pic.twitter.com/1qJtgDiS4C— BFMTV (@BFMTV) September 14, 2022
In France, all non-stop news channels, such as BFM TV , CNews or LCI , will be mobilized to broadcast this historic event live. TF1 and France 2 announced that they were changing their programs on September 19 to cover the ceremony. On the first channel, from 6 a.m. Stefan Etcheverry, Adrien Gindre and Margot Haddad will be at the controls of a special edition from London, then from 8 a.m., it's Anne-Claire Coudray and Gilles Bouleau who will relay the news from the studios in Paris, with their special correspondents in the United Kingdom.
On France 2, The 6h info , presented by Samuel Etienne and Elodie Largenton , and Telematin , presented by Thomas Sotto and Julia Vignali , will be dedicated to the Queen's funeral. Then, it's the host of the 1 p.m. news, Julian Bugier , who will be at the controls of a special edition, from 10 a.m., accompanied, among others, by Stéphane Bern .
You can also follow the Queen's funeral live on social networks, in particular those of the BBC . There is no doubt that hundreds of millions of people will attend this extraordinary ceremony, all over the world, whether on site or via the media.
When the royal coffin leaves Westminster Hall , the royals will follow right behind. The four children of the Queen, the King Charles III, the princess anne , the prince Andrew and the prince Edouard will be in the front line, followed by princes William et Harry and their cousin, Peter Philips , son of Princess Anne. They will themselves be followed by Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence , from prince Richard , Duke of Gloucester, cousin of the Queen, and her nephew, David Armstrong-Jones , Earl of Snowdon.
But will Princes William and Harry walk side by side behind their grandmother's coffin during the funeral ceremony? According to Daily Mail , the two brothers, cold for several years, could well follow together the coffin of Elizabeth II, while they were separated by their cousin Peter Phillips, for the funeral of prince Philip, in April 2021. 'The things have changed since the funeral of prince Philip , where William and Harry did not walk side by side. The situation remains the same but the atmosphere is not as intense as before, they can coexist ', clarified The Sun .
The prince Harry will not wear his military uniform during the ceremony. His spokesperson said in a statement: ' Prince Harry will wear a classic costume at events honoring her grandmother. His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears '.
For this funeral, which promises to be grandiose, approximately 2000 guests , whose not less than ' 500 dignitaries ' of the world, are expected, according to AFP and the British government. Among them, the US President Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron , but also crowned heads should be among the guests to pay homage to the Queen of England. The heads of state of Russia, Burma, North Korea or Iran are not invited. As to pope francis , he will not attend the ceremony.
But to accommodate all these heads of state and other personalities, a concrete security device is planned and must be carefully measured. ' The logistics have been carefully prepared to make it as smooth as possible ', explained Downing Street. Organizational rules have been put in place and the protocol provides that only one head of state per country, accompanied by his or her spouse, is present... and makes the trip. by a commercial flight or by bus , ' as far as possible ', obviously. For the Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth monarchies, a derogation is planned to allow them to attend the ceremony accompanied by ten people.
Once in the UK it is desirable that heads of state do not make the journey in their state car, but are driven by bus and under police escort' Due to strict security measures and road restrictions '.' Clearly, the procedures concerning in particular the means of transport of the directors will vary according to individual constraints .Recommendations are just recommendations “, however added Downing Street.
The day before the funeral, a reception at Buckingham Palace is to be given by Charles III, the son of Elizabeth II. Foreign leaders who are already there will be able to sign the condolence book at Lancaster House , near Saint James's Palace, where the body of the late sovereign will be exhibited. But beware, they will only have three minutes, watch in hand, to pay homage to the queen.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is special to say the least! It is made from English oak lined with lead , like that of Prince Philip, in order to make it hermetic, since it will not be buried but deposited in a crypt. Thus, the body of the late Queen of England will be protected from moisture and will decompose less quickly. The handles of the coffin are made of brass, a feature reserved for royal vaults. Covered with the royal standard and insignia, he was prepared over 30 years ago , according The Times . However, during the funeral, the public will not be able to see the face of the Queen. The coffin will remain closed.
Elizabeth II late buried at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle , in the family vault where his father rests, George VI , who died in 1952, his mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon , who died in 2002, and her sister, the princess Margaret , also deceased and cremated in 2002. As for her husband, the prince Philip, who died in April 2021, he rests temporarily in the Royal Vault in Frogmore Gardens, Windsor. It was planned that after the Queen's death, her body would be transferred to the chapel at Windsor Castle, to rest for eternity with his wife.Source journaldesfemmes.fr