Queen Elizabeth II’s personal touches in plans for funeral dayon September 15, 2022 at 12:25 pm

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A national two-minute silence is announced for the end of the state funeral service on Monday.

An overnight rehearsal for the funeral was held on ThursdayImage source, PA Media

Queen Elizabeth II made personal additions to plans for her funeral day, Buckingham Palace has said.

Among the touches requested by the Queen is a performance by her piper at a service in Windsor.

The state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday is likely to be one of the biggest single events staged in Britain since World War Two.

A national two-minute silence will be held as the service draws to a close just before midday.

The order of service is expected to be released before Monday and is likely to include further personal additions made by the Queen.

Among those to confirm their attendance are US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Earl Marshall, the Duke of Norfolk, said organising the event was “both humbling and daunting” but the solemnity of the last few days of mourning and the constitutional process was the “envy of the world”.

Events on Monday will begin with the funeral procession, which will see the Queen’s coffin conveyed from Westminster Hall, where she is lying in state, to the nearby Abbey.

Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex and his brother William, the new Prince of Wales, will once more walk side-by-side behind the Queen’s coffin during the procession.

After the Abbey service concludes, the Queen’s coffin will be carried in a further procession to Wellington Arch – led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and members of NHS staff.

It will then be conveyed to Windsor by road, before a second service takes place at St George’s Chapel, led by the Dean of Windsor.

A smaller congregation of about 800 guests will be there. A further private service for close family members will be held on Monday evening.

The Crown Jeweller will be in attendance to collect the crown from the Queen’s coffin and convey it back to the Tower of London.

The Queen will then be laid to rest in the royal vault beside her husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh.

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