Inside Queen's private burial with three poignant final acts before coffin lowered into vault | The Sun

THE Queen will be reunited with her beloved husband Prince Philip after an emotional private burial.

But before her coffin is lowered into the vault alongside the Duke of Edinburgh, there will be three poignant final acts to mark the passing of Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

Following her state funeral, which 2,000 people are expected to attend, members of the Firm and royal staff will follow Her Majesty to Windsor for the committal service at St George's Chapel.

Prayers will be said and the choir will sing before the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre will be removed from the coffin and placed on the altar.

At the end of the final hymn, the King will put his mother's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the casket.

At the same time, the Lord Chamberlain will "break" his wand of office and place it on the coffin.


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As Her Majesty is lowered in to the royal vault, the Dean of Windsor will say a Psalm and Commendation and the Sovereign's Piper will play a lament from the doorway.

He will walk slowly towards the Deanery in the Cloister so that the music inside the chapel gradually fades.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing, followed by a rendition of God Save The King.

This marks the end of the public ceremonial arrangements.

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Hours later, a private service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor for immediate family members in one last poignant act.

Marking the end of her journey, which began at Balmoral, the Queen will then be buried together with her "strength and stay" Philip, who died last year aged 99, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

She will also lie alongside her father, the Queen Mother, and the ashes of Princess Margaret.

It comes as…

  • Prince William says the Queen’s procession brought back heartbreaking memories of walking behind mum Diana’s coffin
  • Kate and Wills reveal how kids George, Charlotte and Louis are coping after their great-grandmother's tragic death
  • Sophie Wessex shares an emotional hug with a well-wisher at a memorial for Her Majesty
  • Mourning Brits queue for hours to visit the late monarch's coffin lying in state at Westminster Hall
  • Prince Harry faces a lonely 38th birthday without children Archie and Lilibet
  • Details of the Queen's state funeral are revealed – from where William and Harry will stand to how Meghan will travel

The Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, who is overseeing the funeral arrangements, said: "These events are taking place against the backdrop of an outpouring of grief, affection and gratitude.

"Let us be proud of how our country has come together in recognition of her remarkable legacy; solemnly, respectfully and with such devotion.

"The Queen held a unique and timeless position in all our lives. This has been felt more keenly over the past few days, as the world comes to terms with Her Demise.

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"Her Majesty’s passing has left many people, across many continents, with a profound sense of loss.

"The respect, admiration and affection in which The Queen was held makes our task both humbling and daunting – an honour and a great responsibility."

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