Today, Monday, Britain almost stops. The strikes of the iconic clock are muffled, airplane flights have been canceled and even food distribution points for the needy have been announced to be closed due to the Queen’s Funeral.
Queen Elizabeth II died September 8 at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have come to say goodbye along the route that the Queen’s coffin has taken in Scotland and London.
The Queen’s journey ends today at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where she will be buried by her husband, the Prince, who died last year Philip’s beside. The funeral ceremony is before that at Westminster Abbey.
will follow the funeral in a special broadcast on TV1 and Areena from 12:30 p.m. In this article, we will tell you how the day of the funeral progresses.
Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was flown from St Giles Cathedral to Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday of last week.
For the past few days, the coffin has been in Westminster Hall, which is a building in the grounds of the British Parliament. The coffin can be seen by the public on a raised stand until Monday morning at 8:30 Finnish time.
Today is Monday the coffin is first transported from the Houses of Parliament to the nearby Westminster Abbey.
At 11 o’clock the House of Parliament clock Big Ben strikes, after which the clock tongue is covered with cushions to dampen the strikes for the rest of the day.
Around 12:30 p.m from 10:00 a.m., the coffin will be moved to the west door of Westminster Abbey, dragged by young marines. King Charles and other family members follow the gun float on which the coffin rests.
The coffin is transported with cannon water, among other reasons, because it is lined with lead and is very heavy. Lavetti has been used in the funerals of several royals and heads of state.
At 1 p.m the blessing ceremony begins. Approximately 2,000 people will participate in the ceremony, including five hundred distinguished guests.
Queen Elizabeth herself had hoped that her funeral would be in Westminster Abbey, which can hold more than 2,200 people. Her coronation in 1953 and her and Prince Philip’s wedding were also celebrated there.
Since the end of the 18th century, royal blessing ceremonies have usually been held at Windsor Castle.
The event, which lasts about an hour, will be televised and is expected to become one of the most watched broadcasts of all time.
After the end of the blessing ceremony, the casket is placed back on the plinth and taken through Parliament Square and past the nearby park areas to the Wellington Arch for approx. at 3 p.m by.
From there, the coffin is taken by hearse to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, which is located about 30 kilometers from London.
At 6 p.m the actual funeral begins, which is also televised. The symbols of the leader of the monarchy – the crown, scepter and royal crest – are removed from the coffin before burial.
In the evening King Charles III and the late Queen’s closest relatives will return to St George’s Chapel in the evening for a private ceremony that will not be televised. The king sprinkles sand on his mother’s coffin.
More than a hundred royals attend the funeral
European royals attend the funeral in droves.
From Denmark come the queen Margaret II and the crown prince Frederick the crown princess Mary’s with, from Sweden the king Charles XVI Gustav and the queen Silvia and from Norway the king Harald V and the queen Sonja.
From Spain come the king Felipe VI and the queen Letizia. Also the former king of the country Juan Carlos participates.
The King of the Netherlands participates Willem-Alexander and the queen Maximumand from Belgium the king Philip queen Mathilde’s with.
Japan is represented by the emperor Naruhito.
Finland is represented by Sauli Niinistö and Jenni Haukio
Also the president of Finland Sauli Niinistö has traveled to his spouse’s funeral Jenni Haukion with. On Sunday, the presidential couple went to personally bid farewell to the Queen at Westminster Hall.
On Sunday, they also attended a reception organized by King Charles at Buckingham Palace.
Not everyone was invited to the funeral
About 500 foreign dignitaries will attend the funeral, but the leaders of all countries were not invited.
The invitation was not sent to the leaders of warring Russia, its backer Belarus, or the military junta-ruled former British colony of Myanmar.
The leaders of Venezuela, Syria and Afghanistan were also not invited. The reason is that Britain does not have diplomatic relations with these countries.
Instead, an ambassador-level representative has been invited from North Korea, which has the status of an international pariah state.
Biden drives around London in his own limousine
Among the most famous participants are the President of the United States Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden. Many dignitaries are transported in London by buses, but Biden is said to take his favorite limousine with him to London.
In the United States, there has been a discussion about whether the former president will also be invited Donald Trump along, but he reportedly did not fit into the American delegation.
The leaders of Europe will be, for example, the president of France Emmanuel MacronFederal President of Germany Frank-Walter SteinmeierPresident of Italy Sergio Mattarella and the President of Austria Alexander Van Der Bellen.
The presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Hungary will also participate. Both the president come from Ireland Michael D. Higgins that the prime minister Michael Martin.
Israel becomes president Isaac Herzog and the Prime Minister from the Palestinian Territory Mohammad Shtayyeh.
The EU is represented by the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the chairman of the commission Ursula von der Leyen.
Also the president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the president of Brazil Jair Bolosonaro are coming.
At least the president of India comes from Asian countries Droupadi Murmur and the presidents of Sri Lanka and South Korea.
The vice president from China will attend the funeral Wang Qishan.
Non-executives will also come from Australia
The leaders of the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, made up of former British colonies, will participate en masse. There are more than 50 countries in the Commonwealth, 15 of which are officially ruled by the British monarch. The role is mainly ceremonial.
In some of the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, there has been discussion from time to time about secession from the Kingdom, but at the time of the funeral, the issue has not been brought up.
Among other things, the Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albenese said that the republic initiative is not being launched now. A little more ordinary people, at least a trotting horse breeder, can also get to London from Australia, accompanied by Albanese Chris Waller and wheelchair athlete, tennis star Dylan Alcott.
The Prime Minister of Canada will attend the funeral Justin Trudeau and from New Zealand the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
There is a queue for the coffin, but also the mood has been shown
However, not everyone has refrained from criticizing the monarchy even during the mourning period.
In Scotland, two people were arrested and face charges for the disturbance during Charles’ visit to Edinburgh. Concerns have been expressed that freedom of speech would be restricted during the funeral.
Individual opponents of the royal house with placards were also seen outside Westminster Hall on Wednesday when King Charles gave his first speech there.
In addition, criticism has been raised by the fact that several organizations that distribute food aid to the needy have announced that they will be closed on Monday, which has been declared a public holiday. Some of the food distribution points have canceled their decision after the review.
The Greater London Police has assured that freedom of speech will be respected in all circumstances. Either way, the London Police have a massive operation ahead of them as they ensure the historic Funeral runs smoothly.
According to the police, the funeral is its biggest surveillance operation in London to date.
It is estimated that Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be watched by more than four billion people around the world.