Everything About Queen Elizabeth’s Procession to Windsor Castle and Burial
The late monarch will be laid to rest at St. George’s Chapel.
As is tradition for British monarchs, Queen Elizabeth II made her final journey through London to Wellington Arch following her funeral service at Westminster Abbey. The procession began at Westminster Abbey, towards Parliament Square and Downing Street. Her coffin made the long trek down The Mall, where thousands of people gathered to bid their final goodbyes. From there, the procession continued down Constitution Hall, ending at Wellington Arch.
King Charles III and the royal family were not present during this part of the procession. Instead, they journeyed via a car and meet the queen’s hearse at Windsor Castle. Princess Anne was the only child to accompany her late mother’s procession every step of the way.
While passing Buckingham Palace, a staff of over 100 employees were photographed outside the royal residence watching Her Majesty grace the grounds one last time.
Once at Wellington Arch, her coffin was driven via a state hearse she designed herself to Windsor Castle, where she will be laid to rest at St. George’s Chapel this afternoon.
According to PEOPLE, the hearse “features the Queen’s personal Royal Cypher and is finished in Royal Claret, the same color as the official royal and state vehicles kept in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and used by Members of the Royal Family on official duties.” The hearse is almost all windows. This was purposely done to give onlookers a wide, clear view of Her Majesty’s oak coffin.
As if we weren’t already up to our necks in tissues and tears, the queen’s beloved two Welsh corgis were spotted waiting outside of Windsor Castle. They lined up to greet their owner one final time.
The sweet nods and tributes to the late monarch continue at her committal service at St. George’s Chapel.
The royal family, Royal Household members (past and present), and personal staff were in attendance, per CNN. As was sung at Prince Philip’s funeral in 2021, the choir sang “The Russian Contakion of the Departed.” They selected Revelation 21, verses 1-7 to be read. These verses were also read at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth’s father and grandparents’.
As the queen’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault, the Crowner Jeweller removed the Imperial State Crown and the Orb and Sceptre, which had been resting atop of the coffin. For the very last time, the Garter King of Arms will recite the Queen’s styles and titles. It will be the last time her piper ever plays as well.
The royal family will have one more service for Queen Elizabeth later today.
For the public (whether physically present or watching at home), the committal service at St. George’s is the final goodbye. However, the royal family will gather again later this afternoon for a private burial service, CNN reports. Her coffin will be moved to the King George VI Memorial Chapel, also inside St. George’s.
This is where she’ll be eternally laid to rest — and will be reunited with husband Prince Philip.