Queen Elizabeth II Funeral: Queen Elizabeth II will be cremated this morning at Westminster Abbey in London. There is an atmosphere of mourning across Britain due to the death of the Queen. Large screens have been set up in many UK parks to broadcast state funerals so that people there can see the last of their Queen’s last visit.
Queen Elizabeth II died on 8 September at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The Queen’s body is kept at Westminster Hall and her funeral rites will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday morning.
How will the Queen’s funeral be held?
Britain’s first state funeral in the last 57 years will take place under strict protocol and military tradition, for which practice has been going on for several days. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said Monday has been declared a public holiday in the UK and several public places have been marked in London as crowds gather for funerals.
The department said that to show respect to the late Queen at the national level, community groups, clubs, other organizations, besides common people in homes are being asked to observe a minute’s silence at 8 pm on Sunday night.
What preparations have been made for the funeral?
DCMS said huge screens would be installed across the country, including London’s Hyde Park, Sheffield’s Cathedral Square, Birmingham’s Centenary Square, Carlisle’s Bites Park, Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park and Coleraine Town Hall in Northern Ireland. It said that cinemas across the UK are also making their preparations to show the funeral program.
Westminster Hall will be closed to the general public at 6:30 a.m. before the Queen’s state funeral. President Draupadi Murmu arrived in London on a three-day visit on Saturday evening to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
500 leaders from around the world will be involved
About 500 world leaders, including members of the royal family from around the world, will attend the Queen’s funeral. The royal coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey, where funeral rites will begin at 11 a.m. and end about an hour later with two minutes of national silence.
After this a public procession will begin at 12.15 pm and the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II will be taken from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in London and from there her journey to Windsor will begin. The Queen will be buried next to her late husband Prince Philip at the King George VI Memorial Chapel in a private royal ceremony on Monday evening.
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