The crown will be removed and the white rod broken at the Queen’s Committal Service in Windsor


The Queen’s burial service in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, will feature traditions symbolizing the end of Elizabeth II’s reign.

A congregation of 800, including the King, Royal Family, Prime Ministers of the Realm, Governors-General and mourners from the Queen’s household past and present, including personal staff from her private estates, will gather Monday in the Gothic Church.

The service will take place at 4 p.m., just hours after the state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

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The Queen’s coffin will be driven from London to Windsor in the State Hearse and up the Long Walk, which will be lined with members of the armed forces.

The King and other members of the Royal Family will join the procession on foot behind the hearse in the castle quadrangle, followed by the Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex and the Countess of Wessex by car.

During the service, which will be led by Dean of Windsor David Conner, the Imperial State Crown, Orb and Scepter will be lifted from the Queen’s coffin by the Crown Jeweller, separating the Queen from her crown for the last time.

With the help of the bargemaster and sergeants-at-arms, the priceless crown jewels will be passed to the dean who will place them on the high altar.

At the end of the last hymn, the King will step forward and place the camp color of the Queen’s Company of the Grenadier Guards – a smaller version of the regiment’s Royal Standard – on the coffin.

The Grenadier Guards are the oldest of the Foot Guards regiments and the Queen was their Colonel-in-Chief.

AP infographic showing the Queen's funeral procession at Windsor
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Only one Royal Regimental Standard is presented during a monarch’s reign, and it served as the Queen’s company color throughout her lifetime.

At the same time, former MI5 spy chief Baron Parker – the Lord Chamberlain and the highest official in the late Queen’s royal household – will “break” his wand and place it on the coffin.

The ceremonial breaking of the White Rod signifies the end of his service to the Queen as Sovereign.

As the coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean of Windsor will say a Psalm and the Commendation before the King of Arms of the Garter pronounces the Queen’s many styles and titles.

The Sovereign’s Pied Piper will play a lament from the doorway between the Chapel and the Dean’s Cloister and slowly walk away so that the music gradually fades.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing and God Save The King will be sung.

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The Queen’s coffin adorned with the Imperial Crown (Christopher Furlong/PA)

The King and members of the Royal Family will depart via the Porch of Galilee, but will return for a private funeral service in the evening, when the Queen will be buried alongside her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the Memorial Chapel of the King George VI at St that of Georges.

A burial service is perhaps the most solemn moment of a Church of England funeral service, and it usually takes place in the cemetery, in a crematorium chapel or in the church before a burial or funeral. cremation.

The majority of those present at St. George’s Chapel will not have attended the Westminster Abbey funeral.

Many household and private estate staff spent years working for and supporting the late monarch, with the depot service having the opportunity to pay their last respects.

Prayers will be said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park, and by the Dean of Windsor.

The State Hearse will approach the castle through Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road in Windsor, via Long Walk, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, Quadrangle (south and west sides), Engine Court, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill, Parade Ground and horseshoe cloister arch.

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The Queen with Baron Parker, who will ceremonially break his white staff over the coffin (Victoria Jones/PA)

Leading the procession and in front of the coffin will be a foot detachment from the Household Cavalry Regiment, followed by a mounted division of the Sovereign’s Escort, a Pipes and Drums Band from the Scottish and Irish Regiments, bands of the Coldstream Guards and family. Cavalry, Household Division Officers, Kings, Heralds and Pursuers-at-Arms and Queen’s Personal Staff.

At the center of the procession, the state hearse will be flanked by the Pall Bearers and an escort party consisting of two officers and 24 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

The Color of the Queen’s Company, the Royal Standard of the Grenadier Guards Regiment and the Sovereign’s Standard of the Household Cavalry will be placed fore and aft of the hearse.

At the rear of the coffin will be members of the families of the Queen, King and Prince of Wales, followed by other mounted and dismounted detachments of the Household Cavalry.

Minute Guns will be fired by the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery from a position on the East Lawn as the coffin moves in procession from Shaw Farm Gate to the West Steps of St George’s.

The bell of Sevastopol – captured in Crimea in 1856 – and the bell of the curfew tower will ring simultaneously at the castle.


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