Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral
King Charles IIIand the other three children of Queen Elizabeth the secondwill be joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Harry and Meghan – and several others – to walk in the procession behind the Queen’s coffin at her funeral on Monday, according to the Rules of Procedure released on Sunday Night in front of Buckingham Palace.
The burial in Westminster Abbey in London, is ready to go at 6 a.m. Eastern Time. At 10:30 p.m. local time, the funeral line for new arrivals closed to allow all mourners a chance to pay their respects before the funeral began.
The burial takes place through Rev. Dr. David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster, and the homily of Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Buckingham Palace said. It will also be interspersed with several scripture readings, hymns and prayers.
Around 500 royals, heads of state and government from all over the world have been invited. President Biden arrived in London on Saturday ahead of the funeral.
The funeral procession includes King Charles III alongside his wife Camilla, Queen Consort; followed by Anne, Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. Prince Andrew, the Duke of York will follow them, and then Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Forfar and his wife Sophie.
Behind the Queen’s children are Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales, and then two of their children, 9-year-old Prince George and 7-year-old Princess Charlotte. William and Catherine’s youngest son, 4-year-old Prince Louis, is not listed in the order of the service and is unlikely to attend the funeral.
Behind them are Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, followed by Queen Elizabeth’s nephew David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowden and Peter Philips. They will be followed by the Duke of Glouster, and then Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent will follow him.
Queen Elizabeth’s other four grandchildren – Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn – were not listed in the Regulations. All eight grandchildren stood behind her coffin on Saturday.
Before the service, the abbey’s tenor bell is rung once a minute for 96 minutes to mark each year of the Queen’s life.
As the Queen’s coffin is carried into the Abbey, ‘The Sentences’ – verses from the Bible – are sung by the choirs of the Abbey, the Chapel Royal and St James’s Palace.
Hoyle will deliver “The Bidding”, an introduction of sorts, followed by a hymn and the “First Lesson”, another piece of writing to be read by Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
The abbey choir will sing Psalm 42 and then The Second Lesson, another piece of Scripture, will be read by newly appointed British Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss.
Welby will then preach the sermon.
The abbey choir will sing two more hymns, there will be a prayer and then the funeral will conclude with Welby’s commendation and Hoyle’s blessing.
The Queen’s coffin will then be carried out of the Abbey and taken in procession to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner before being taken to St George’s Chapel in Windsor for the dedication service, which is due to begin at 11am Eastern time on Monday becomes.
The Queen will be buried in a private family ceremony at Windsor Castle on Monday evening.
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in the history of the British monarchy, died on September 8th.
The UK has not buried its sovereign since the Queen’s father, King George VI, in 1952, which was held at St George’s Chapel.
The Abbey, which is over 1,000 years old, has been the site of royal coronations for hundreds of years, including that of the Queen in 1953 and it is also where she married Prince Philip in 1947. The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s mother was held there in 2002, but there has not been a burial for a monarch there since the 18th century.
In the meantime, King Charles III. On Sunday, a statement in which he thanked “the countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my family and I during this time of grief.”
“Over the past ten days, my wife and I have been so deeply touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and around the world,” the statement said.