London, September 19 (EFE).- The United Kingdom bid farewell to its longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as the nation stopped on Monday for a historic state funeral attended by members of the royal family and a host of Britons. and foreign dignitaries in a service broadcast around the world.
The Queen’s coffin, draped in flags and topped with the Imperial State Crown and Crown, was drawn on a State Carriage to Westminster Abbey in central London by navy sailors and followed by King Charles III and his siblings, Princess Anne, Princes Andrew and The Prince. Edward marching drums and bagpipes in a dark procession.
A congregation of 200 rose as the coffin of the late monarch arrived at the 13th-century church, where she was married in 1947 and crowned in 1953.
The service was led by Dean of Westminster David Hoyle.
“With gratitude we remember her unwavering commitment to a high calling for so many years as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth.”
“With affection, we remember his love for his family and his commitment to the causes that are dear to him,” added the dean.
The congregation then sang the first hymn. The day you have given, Lord, is over.
Later, the Abbey’s world-renowned male choir launched a song with music specially composed for the funeral by the Queen’s master of music since 2014, Judith Weir.
The ensemble also sang the hymn The Lord’s my Shepherd, which featured at Elizabeth’s wedding to Prince Phillip.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss took the floor to give a reading from Scripture, from the Gospel according to John: “Let your heart not be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivered a sermon and commendation – the moment the Queen was entrusted to God.
“The model for all who serve God, famous or obscure, respected or ignored, is that death is the door to glory,” the Archbishop said.
Several church leaders also offered prayers during the service and thanked the late queen for her long life and service to the throne.
As the service drew to a close, The Last Post – a military call made during official ceremonies – was played by four Royal Cavalry State Trumpeters followed by two minutes of silence which ended with another military bugler , The Reveille.
The Westminster Abbey service ended with the National Anthem and a lone piper, Major Paul Burns, playing the last lament as the monarch’s coffin was lowered to be carried through the Great West Door of the church.
The Queen’s coffin is to travel by hearing to Windsor Castle.
From there, a procession will take the Queen along the Long Walk – a three-mile walk – to Windsor Castle where she will be laid to rest next to her father, George VI, the Queen Mother and her husband, Prince Philip.
The state funeral was attended by distinguished guests, including US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Japanese Emperor Naruhito, Indian President Draupadi Murmu, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as the Spanish monarch, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.
The Queen’s funeral later on Monday is expected to be a small affair attended by members of the Royal Family.
Elizabeth’s funeral is one of the most high-profile events the UK has held in decades and a massive security operation has been deployed to ensure the safety of attendees.
Elizabeth died on September 8 aged 96 and was the longest serving monarch in British history with 70 years on the throne.
His son Charles became king immediately after his death, ending the modern Elizabethan era.