the end of a reign and the royal funeral in pictures


ELIZABETH 2. After 70 years of reign and 11 days of national mourning, Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated for the last time in Westminster and buried at Windsor Castle on 19 September 2022. Back to the royal funeral.

[Mis à jour le 20 septembre 2022 à 8h55] Eleven days of ceremonies and honors. Queen Elizabeth II was entitled to this after her death and before her funeral. The Sovereign finally rests in the crypt of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle with her husband and parents. On Monday 19 September 2022, after a final journey that took her from Westminster Abbey to Windsor, Elizabeth II was buried under the tender gaze of the UK, the whole of the Commonwealth and the 2,000 people invited to her state funeral , buried. The organization of the funeral, dictated by the London Bridge operation, was monumental and regal with several processions including members of the royal family and several army corps including the Royal Navy. But it’s the moving faces of Queen Elizabeth’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that have shaped the spirits. Behind Elizabeth II’s coffin walked her four children, including the new King Charles III, Princes William and Harry, but also the first two born to the Prince of Wales, George and Charlotte, aged 9 and 10 respectively. 7 years.

Hundreds of people, heads of state, members of royalty or relatives of the royal family attended the funeral of Elizabeth II, but beyond the walls of Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel in Windsor, the whole of Britain watched the ceremonies from parks, cinemas or even Theaters where the funeral was broadcast to say goodbye to the monarch. It’s also an entire area that religiously observed two minutes of silence at the end of the funeral and sang the hymn “God save the King.”

Elizabeth II, who according to the Dean of Westminster, the Reverend David Hoyle, had helped organize her own funeral, offered a last ride before the British passed Westminster and Wellington Arch, with a nearly hour-long pedestrian train between the Abbey her home, which she preferred to call “The Office”, Buckingham Palace. A journey on which her family followed her and her subjects said goodbye to her one last time. Because the whole life of Queen Elizabeth II was public until her funeral, so her funeral took place in the strict family intimate area.

The final tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

As the Queen was buried in the family and royal crypt at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace released a photograph of the 70-year reigning monarch. The photograph shows an Elizabeth II in her youth in the Scottish lands of Balmoral, whom she held in high esteem. A quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet accompanies the photo: “May Flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest”. A sentence that King Charles III. had already expressed in his first speech as sovereign on September 9, 2022 in honor of his mother. Hours earlier, the royal family also aired a retrospective video on Her Majesty’s life and reign, before following the hour-by-hour funeral ceremonies and sharing the latest pictures of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II was buried in Windsor, west London, on Monday 19 September 2022 at around 8.30pm. The Queen was buried in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her parents – King George VI. and the Queen Mother – are buried and where the ashes of their sister, Princess Margaret, rest. His body will remain in this royal residence. However, Prince Philip’s coffin is brought to this chapel to stay alongside Elizabeth II. This funeral was not public, it was a confidential event that only the royal family could attend.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced at 7.30pm on Thursday 8 September 2022 and made official minutes later in a press release from Buckingham Palace. The health of Queen Elizabeth II has been a major concern since the press release was issued from Buckingham Palace this Thursday 8th September at 12 noon. Her Majesty’s doctors said they were “concerned” about the sovereign’s health and recommended that she be “placed under medical supervision” at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, where she has lived since August 2022. Princes Charles, William and Harry, members of the Royal Family, paid an emergency visit to Balmoral Castle.

A look back at the life of Elizabeth II

Born in London on April 21, 1926, Elisabeth Alexandra Mary was not actually destined to reign as her father was the King’s brother. In 1936, when she was 10, her uncle Edward VIII abdicated, Elizabeth’s father ascended the throne, while young Elizabeth became heir-presumptive to the British Crown. During the Second World War, she refused to be evacuated from London and joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service, where she became ambulance driver. On November 20, 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, Prince of Greece and Denmark, whom she had met a few years earlier. Their marriage produced four children: Charles (1948), Prince of Wales and heir apparent to the British throne, Anne (1950), Andrew (1960) and Edward (1964). From 1951 onwards, the princess frequently represented her ailing father at public ceremonies. He died suddenly on February 6, 1952 while Elizabeth and Prince Philippe were on an official trip to Kenya. Despite the symbolic political attributions she embodies, the Queen has managed to create unity and cohesion in her country and the Commonwealth. His reign was not without turbulence, particularly during the 1980s and 1990s, a period when the royal family was the favorite topic of tabloids. In 2015, Queen Elizabeth broke a longevity record and became the longest-reigning British sovereign. Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, 2022 at the age of 96, will have lived long enough to be a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, but also to marry her husband Prince Philip on April 9, 2022 at the age of almost 100 years to see die .

Elisabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21, 1926. She was the first child of Prince Albert, Duke of York and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Nicknamed “Lilibet” by her father as a child, she had a younger sister, Margaret, who was born a year after her. The two princesses are tutored at home by a governess, Marion Crawford, who teaches them history, elocution, literature and music. During this time, young Elizabeth developed a passion for dogs, horses and an amazing sense of responsibility.
At birth is Elizabeth Third in line to the British throne. His fate changed in 1936 when his grandfather, King George V, died and his uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated after a few months reign. She suddenly turns 10 years old heir presumptive to the British throne. The education of the future sovereign took a new turn, she studied French and constitutional history in particular. During World War II his family stayed in London when the city was bombed. Elizabeth joins the joint effort and becomes an ambulance driver.

She married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey. She gave birth to their first child, Charles, the heir to the British throne, in 1949 and Princess Anne in 1950.

From 1951, the failing health of her father, King George VI, forced Elizabeth to become more involved in public life. She frequently deputizes for him in England and abroad. In February 1952, Elizabeth learned of her father’s death from lung cancer during an official trip abroad. she becomes queen at the age of 26 and moved with his family to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the British rulers. His coronation took place on June 2, 1953 in Westminster Abbey. At the same time she becomes head of the Commonwealth and 16 countries. The ceremony will be televised for the first time in history.

During her reign, Elizabeth II saw the British Empire transform into a Commonwealth. It also bears witness to the country’s political, social and economic development. Despite the successive crises of the early 1990s, the Queen manages to maintain and smooth her image over time. In recent years, Prince Charles has increasingly shared in the responsibilities normally incumbent on a monarch. In 2021, the transition accelerated due to the unstable health of the sovereign.

Although she celebrates her birthday twice a year (on April 21st and in June to allow the military parade to take place in good weather), Queen Elizabeth II seemed unaffected by the weather. The one who celebrated her 96 years old on April 21, 2022 celebrated its golden jubilee (fiftieth anniversary of government) in 2002 and its diamond jubilee (60th anniversary of government) in 2012. 5, 2022. Several events including the traditional parade of Trooping the Color, a mass at Saint Paul’s Cathedral and a concert at the Palace entitled “Platinum Party at the Palace” celebrated the event with great pomp. The Queen will only have attended part of the celebrations for health reasons. Great celebrations, which some observers compared to a “joyful farewell”.

Elizabeth II will be the first UK sovereign to achieve such longevity – in Europe, Louis XIV is the longest-reigned sovereign with 72 years of reign. Result: Elizabeth II saw 15 British Prime Ministers (from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson) and 10 French Presidents. Longevity is also a family affair at the Windsors: The Queen Mother died on April 1, 2002 at the age of 101.

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Photograph of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, with Charles and William, the heirs to the throne © Stefan Wermuth/AP/SIPA (published on May 31, 2022)

In order of successor On the throne, it is the Queen’s eldest son, Charles, who became king after the death of his mother. Charles III was to be proclaimed king within 24 hours of Elizabeth II’s death at St James’s Palace Church in London. But he can only be crowned later, like his mother, who had waited a year between her proclamation as queen and her coronation.

Should Charles III die in turn, his son William, Duke of Cambridge would succeed to the throne. After the latter, Georges of Cambridge, the eldest son of William and Catherine, known as Kate Middleton, will take the throne. Next is his younger sister, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, and then his brother, Prince Louis of Cambridge.

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