Queen Elizabeth II’s final journey to Windsor after state funeral in London

Westminster Abbey, the place the funeral is being held, has a protracted and storied historical past. In addition to being the positioning of Britain’s monarchical coronations since 1066, the abbey was additionally a particular place to the late queen herself throughout her 96-plus years. 

In 1947, on the age of 21, then-Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey’s altar. Five years later, her coronation was held right here. 

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The flag flies at half mast at Westminster Abbey in London on September 12, 2022, following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.

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Family pleasure would comply with with the wedding of her grandson Prince William to Kate Middleton right here in 2011. Family sorrow would come, too, with the funeral of the queen’s mom in 2002, after which the funeral of her husband in 2021.

The final time a monarch’s funeral was held in Westminster Abbey itself was 262 years in the past, for King George II.

“This is Westminster Abbey. This is her majesty the queen. I think you can assume that you’re going to see tradition in action — great, living tradition in action,” mentioned the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, who was appointed by the queen because the thirty ninth Dean of Westminster Abbey, and who’s tasked with main the service. 

“I think the job of the abbey and the job of people like me, to some extent, is to keep stitching the story together — to say it’s possible in pretty divided and volatile times to say, all this can be gathered in, reconciled, redeemed, celebrated. So, her majesty’s reign, which started in the abbey, comes to an end in the abbey. It’s a bit more of stitching the story together.”

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