Queen Elizabeth II funeral: how the day unfolded

Queen Elizabeth II funeral: how the day unfolded

Order of service for Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral

The lying-in-state period ended at 6:30 a.m this morning and now the focus turns to the state funeral which has been meticulously planned. This is a summary of how the day will unfold:

The state funeral will take place in Westminster Abbeycentral London, at 11 a.m. The funeral will be led by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyleand the sermon will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Before the service, the Abbey’s Tenor Bell will toll once a minute for 96 minutes – one toll for each year of the queen’s life.

At the start of the service, as the queen’s coffin is carried into the Abbey, the Sentences will be sung by the choir of Westminster Abbey. The five Sentences – lines of scripture set to music – have been used at every state funeral since the early 18th century.

The Dean of Westminster will give the bidding before the first hymnand the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Scotland, will read the first lesson from the book of Corinthians.

A specially commissioned choral piece composed by the Master of the King’s Music, Judith Weir, will be sung by the choir. The piece, Like as the Hartis a setting of Psalm 42 to music.

The second lesson, from the Gospel of Johnwill be read by British Prime Minister Liz Trussand will be followed by the hymn The Lord’s my Shepherd. The hymn was also sung at the queen’s wedding in 1947.

Following the sermon, the choir will sing the anthem My Soul, There is a Country. – Prayers will be said from the High Altar before the choir sings a short anthem, O Taste and See How Gracious the Lord iswhich was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the queen’s coronation in 1953.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will give the commendation and the Dean of Westminster will pronounce the blessing.

Near the end of the funeral, at approximately 11:55 a.m., the Last Post will be sounded by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry from the steps of the Lady Chapel. Two minutes’ silence will then be observed across the United Kingdom.

The Reveille will be sounded by the State Trumpeters before the congregation sings God Save the King.

At the end of the funeral the Sovereign’s Piper of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will play the traditional lament Sleep, Dearie, Sleep.

Afterwards, the bells of Westminster Abbey will be rungfully muffled, which is the tradition following the funeral of the sovereign.

This News is Published from Google Alert – Where will Queen Elizabeth be buried.

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