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