London [UK]Sep 19 (ANI): Queen Elizabeth II’s great-great-grandsons – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – attended her funeral on Monday, showing the important role they will now play as children of the first in line to the throne.
The nine-year-old prince and seven-year-old princess joined the funeral procession in London. Both royal children walked with their mother Catherine and father William.
Meanwhile, King Charles III was announced as England’s new monarch on September 12, succeeding his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
The coffin of Britain’s longest-serving monarch was moved to Westminster Abbey in London on Monday in the presence of members of the royal family and top world leaders.
World leaders from US President Joe Biden to French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian President Draupadi joined members of the public in observing two minutes of silence for Queen Elizabeth II as the funeral service here ended with the recitation of “God Save the King”. .
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. It is the first state funeral in Britain since Winston Churchill in 1965.
The Queen’s Wreath contains foliage of rosemary, English oak and myrtle, as well as flowers in shades of gold, pink and maroon with hints of white, cut from the gardens of the royal residences.
“At the King’s request, the wreath contains foliage of rosemary, English oak and myrtle (cut from a plant grown from the myrtle in the Queen’s wedding bouquet) and flowers in shades of gold, rose and deep maroon, with flecks of white, cut. from the gardens of the royal residences,” the royal family tweeted.
The Queen’s coffin was carried in procession to Westminster Abbey on a state carriage.
“Regarding her father King George VI, grandfather King George V, great-grandfather King Edward VII and great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, Her Majesty The Queen’s coffin was carried in procession to Westminster Abbey on a state carriage,” it said. The royal family tweeted.
Many guests, ranging from political leaders of countries to members of the royal family and dignitaries from all over the world, arrived in Great Britain for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
A state funeral means that the UK government has officially declared the day of the funeral a public holiday. President Murmu arrived in London to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 17 and offered his condolences on behalf of the Government of India.
On Sunday, US President Joe Biden also expressed his condolences to the royal family.
Mourning Queen Elizabeth’s death, Biden recalled the Queen’s warm sincerity and said: “The way she touched when she leaned over. The way she looked, “Are you okay? What can I do for you? What do you need?” And then also, ‘Make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to do,'” Biden said, adding that she reminded him of his mother.
What’s more, the elderly and children are among those lining the funeral routes, in some cases for more than 48 hours, to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II today.
Significantly, the funeral will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster, with readings to be given by Patricia Scotland, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, and Prime Minister Liz Truss.
The homily will be delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
The Queen was born on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York – who later became King George VI – and Queen Elizabeth. (ANI)