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Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral Updates: The World Mourns | Vanity Fair

By Vanity Fair, Updated 6 hours ago, 09:44 AM

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On Monday, Queen Elizabeth was laid to rest following her state funeral which was attended by fellow royals, international dignitaries, and heads of state. The 96-year-old monarch, who served the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for more than seven decades, died on Thursday, September 8, at her beloved Scottish estate, Balmoral.

Since last Wednesday, thousands of mourners have visited Westminster Hall, where the queen lay in state until Monday’s funeral procession. The queen’s coffin was transported by the State Gun Carriage to Westminster Abbey, where the state funeral service was performed by the Dean of Westminster. Toward the end of the service, there was a national observance of two minutes of silence to honor Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, before a procession brought her coffin through Wellington Arch and to its final destination of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It was there that a second service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor before a private burial for the royal family to attend.

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She was laid to rest in the King George VI Memorial Chapel alongside her late father, mother, sister, and husband, Prince Philip. Married for more than 73 years, it was both the queen and Prince Philip’s wish that they be buried together. Philip died in April 2021 at the age of 99. 

During the funeral, King Charles led the processions of the coffin and was joined by the queen’s other children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. Her grandchildren Prince William, Prince Harry, and Peter Philips also participated in the procession, as well as the queen’s cousin Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester; her nephew David Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon; and Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence; among other trusted members of the queen’s household.

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Palaces for the People: How to Build a More Equal and United Society by Eric Klinenberg – review | Books | The Guardian

 Marina Bay, Singapore provides valuable public spaces. Photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

“For the sociologist Eric Klinenberg, a vision of the good city begins in the local library. It’s a place where a huge amount of knowledge is available permanently, free of charge. It’s a computer centre; it’s a place where everyone goes, including the marginalised young and elderly. Security is light-touch – “you rarely see a police officer in the library”.

“It is adaptable in a crisis. During Hurricane Sandy, a branch library in Staten Island became the place where local people sheltered and where relief was coordinated. In north-west Bangladesh, libraries float on moored boats in flood-prone areas. All this passes almost unnoticed. Libraries are closing across the UK and the US at a scarily rapid rate (nearly 130 have closed in the past year, it was recently revealed). The public library is not, and inherently never can be, a market, and so, Klinenberg writes, “If it didn’t already exist, it’s hard to imagine our society’s leaders inventing it.”

Source: Palaces for the People: How to Build a More Equal and United Society by Eric Klinenberg – review | Books | The Guardian