The Queen’s funeral will be held in Westminster Abbey on Monday. Discover details about the arrangement of the service, including the hymns and sermons to be read at the historic event…
the QueenThe state funeral will be held on Monday 19 September in a beautifully crafted ceremony at Westminster Abbey that will honor the late King’s long life of dedicated service.
Members of the royal family will join government ministers and the royal family from around the world to commemorate Her Majesty. Read on for details about arranging the service, including who will give the specially selected readings and hymns.
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Before the service, the tenor bell will be rung every minute for 96 minutes, reflecting the Queen’s years of life. Bearers of The George Cross and Victoria Cross and representatives of equestrian orders will process through the Abbey prior to service.
A procession of representatives from religious communities across the UK, as well as representatives from the churches of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England, will operate before the service. The Vice Dean of the Chapels Royal and the Dean of Windsor will also attend.
All members of the congregation will stand when the procession of the sarcophagus enters the monastery. The choir of Westminster Abbey will sing in the name of king and the King’s wife Immediately behind Her Majesty’s coffin, followed by Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, then Duke of Yorkfollowed by Earl And the Countess of Wessex and then Prince And the Princess of Wales.
The Dean of Westminster, very esteemed Dr David Howell, who directs the service, will make the bid, in which he will speak of the late King’s “commitment to a high mission over many years” as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. “With passion we remember her love for her family and her commitment to the causes dear to her,” he says.
Many hymns, prayers and readings will be recited by dignitaries, such as the Archbishop of Canterbury, before the service ends with The Last Post, two minutes of silence, the Reveille and the National Anthem. The Queen’s Piper, Petty Officer (Pipe Major) Paul Burns, will play the traditional lamentations Sleep, Dearie, Sleep before the coffin and procession leave the church.
Read on for details about the hymns, prayers, and readings.
Mass will be held at Westminster Abbey, where the Queen was crowned
The choir of Westminster Abbey will sing various meaningful hymns during the historic ceremony, including The Lord’s My Shepherd, I Won’t Wanna, Which was sung at the Queen’s wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. The same hymn was also included at the funeral of Queen George VI’s father in 1952, but with a slightly different wording.
Other hymns to be sung during the funeral service include The Day You Have Given, O Lord, is Over; And divine love all loves excellence. The latter song has appeared at many royal weddings over the years, including the wedding of Prince William, Princess Kate, Charles, Camilla and Princess Eugenie.
A hymn will be sung at the Queen and Prince Philip’s wedding
The prayers will be received by Reverend Dr Ian Greenshields, Plenary Director of the Church of Scotland, who will “give thanks to God for Queen Elizabeth’s long life and rule, remembering with gratitude her gifts of wisdom, diligence and service.”
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Together in England, they will continue to pray.”For all those whose hearts are heavy with grief and sorrow‘, before the Bishop of London Lady Sarah Mulally offered a prayer for ‘Our Lord King Charles Camilla, consort of Queen Camilla, William, Prince of Wales, and all members of the royal family’.
Then Reverend Canon Helen Cameron, Director of the Free Churches Group, will speak about the Queen’s “absolute devotion to duty.” She will be followed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, who “will give thanks for Queen Elizabeth’s commitment to the Commonwealth throughout her reign”.
The Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, will conclude prayers by praising Queen Elizabeth’s “loyalty to the faith she inherited through her baptism and confirmation.”
The royal family will be present
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The lessons will be read by The Right Honorable, the Baroness of Scotland from Asthal KC and Prime Minister Liz Truss, with the first delivering the first while the Prime Minister will read the second.
Later in the ceremony, Justin Welby will read a sermon by the Reverend Justin Welby, which will prompt the choir to sing the national anthem, “My Soul, There’s a Country,” prepared by Hubert Parry; An anthem of great hope.
The funeral will follow a commissioning service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor
Towards the end of the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury would continue to offer the commendation, while the dean would later pronounce the blessing, prompting The Last Post.
What will happen at the end of service?
The service will conclude with The Last Post, which will be issued by state trumpeters for the House Cavalry from the steps of Our Lady of Chapel.
A two-minute silence will then be observed across the UK. The trumpeters will then hear the revel before the national anthem is sung.
At the conclusion of the state funeral, the Sovereign Piper of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will play the traditional lamentation, “Sleep, dear, sleep.”
The coffin will be carried in procession from Westminster Abbey, back to the Gun Carriage for the procession to Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, before traveling to Windsor for the Committal Service at St George’s Chapel.
Then the bells of Westminster Abbey will be rung, muffled completely, as in the tradition that follows the King’s funeral.
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