State funeral ends the Elizabeth II era


LQueen Elizabeth II of England, who died on September 8, was buried yesterday in the Royal Crypt of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, London, on a day that included three religious services and for which they gathered thousands of people, including dozens of dignitaries from around the world.

The queen was buried next to the Duke of Edinburgh in the King George VI Memorial Chapel,” the royal family said in a statement.

The state funeral brought leaders from around the world to the streets and brought thousands of people to the streets.

Thousands of Britons followed the hearse procession on its way to Windsor Castle.

People thronged the route her hearse took from London, throwing flowers, cheering and clapping as it passed from the city to the English countryside.

Thousands of people had already gathered in the capital to watch the procession and funeral, in a tribute to Britain’s longest-serving monarch, who earned international respect during her 70 years on the throne.

Carlos III, his brothers Ana, Andrés and Eduardo, as well as the princes Guillermo and Enrique, during the mass in Westminster.

Inside Westminster Abbey, where the funerals were held, there were presidents, prime ministers, members of foreign royal families and dignitaries, including US President Joe Biden, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the King and Queen of Spain — Felipe and Letizia, together with the emeritus Juan Carlos and Sofía— and Emperor Naruhito of Japan, among others.

Attention later shifted to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where some 800 guests attended the funeral.

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the royal flag and adorned with the crown of the Imperial State and the sovereign’s sceptre.

The ceremony concluded with the removal of the coffin from the crown, the orb and the scepter – symbols of the power and government of the monarch -, and its placement on the altar.

Next, the Lord Chamberlain, the highest ranking official of the Royal House, broke his Wand of Office, signifying the end of his service to the sovereign, and placed it on the coffin before it was slowly lowered into the royal vault. .

As the congregation sang the national anthem, King Charles held back tears.

Guard made to the coffin that carries the remains of Queen Elizabeth, in the Arch of Wellington.

Later, in a private family service, Elizabeth’s coffin and that of her husband of more than seven decades, Prince Philip, who died in April last year at the age of 99, were buried together in the same chapel where they also rest. the parents of the monarch and her sister, Princess Margaret, the only member of the royal family cremated.

His late Majesty declared in a famous 21st birthday broadcast that his whole life would be dedicated to serving the nation and the (British) Commonwealth,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said at the mass in Westminster. “Rarely has a promise been fulfilled so well. Few leaders receive the outpouring of love that we have seen,” he added.

Towards the end of the service in Westminster, the church and much of the country fell silent for two minutes. Trumpets sounded before the congregation sang God save the king.

The queen’s piper ended the service with the lamentation sleep, my dear, sleepwhich faded away.

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Queen Elizabeth II was buried with two very special British Crown Jewels.

According to British media, Elizabeth II was buried with the wedding ring made of pure gold and which was a gift from her parents in 1923, in addition to a pair of pearl earrings.

The queen had a collection of more than 300 jewels, including 98 brooches, 34 pairs of earrings and 15 rings.

Experts in the British monarchy point out that the treasure inherited from Carlos III consists of 23 thousand diamonds, sapphires and rubies.

— Eduardo Morales

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