Queen Elizabeth II's Funeral Will See a Nation Mourn


Queen Elizabeth II of England has died at 96. The country's longest-serving monarch passed at Balmoral, her home in Scotland, this Thursday. According to a statement by Buckingham Palace, she passed peacefully, surrounded by her family.

The monarch's death came after reports that doctors were concerned for her health, but a cause of death has not yet been revealed. According to the Palace, King Charles III and the Queen Consort, Camilla, will return to London today. The date of the new King's coronation is still yet to be announced. The Queen is not only survived by her son, King Charles III, but also her three other children, Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex and her only daughter, Princess Anne, as well as their families. The Queen's death comes about a year and half after the death of her husband, Prince Phillip, who died in April 2021. Soon, however, the public will be looking to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth.

After a 10-day-long mourning period for the country has taken place, the Queen is set to have a State funeral. It is likely that the Archbishop of Canterbury, who the senior bishop of the Church of England, will lead the service. However, at this present moment, specific details about the ceremony, have yet to be announced. It's understood that these details have been planned decades in advance. Regardless, the service will be broadcasted around the world.

At some point during the period of mourning, the Queen's coffin is likely to be placed on view in order to allow the public to pay their respects to her before the funeral ceremony. The Queen's funeral is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey, which would make her the first sovereign to have a funeral there since 1760. The service will certainly be attended by dignitaries and heads of states from around the world. After the funeral, Elizabeth is expected to be laid to rest in a private burial at St. George's Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where several of her ancestors currently reside.


We'll keep this story updated as further details emerge.

FromEsquire US

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