Queen Elizabeth II is dead. After the public was allowed to say goodbye, the queen has now been buried. The Archbishop of Canterbury attracted attention with a subordinate clause in his sermon. The news ticker.
- Queen Elizabeth II’s final rest : Emotional service at St George’s Chapel
- Meghan moved to tears, Prince Harry refused anthem : impressions of the funeral service
- King Charles deeply moved: at the Queen’s funeral service he has tears in his eyes.
- Discussion about sermon sentence : Does the Archbishop of Canterbury shoot Boris Johnson in his sermon?
Update from September 20, 11:52 a.m .: After the Queen’s funeral service, a sentence from the speech by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, causes a stir. He said from the pulpit of Westminster Abbey: “Those who serve will be loved and remembered – and those who cling to power and privilege will be forgotten.” Primarily, of course, a tribute to the Queen’s services and her faith to God.
However, the postscript is interpreted completely differently by many people online, namely as a dig at former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was also listening to the service. After a few scandals, the head of government did not resign until his own party opposed him. Justin Welby is certified by the book author Nazir Afzal a very progressive attitude, he interviewed him. This attitude would fit with a criticism of Johnson.
“Take a break”: Coronation date for King Charles III. after the Queen’s funeral unclear
Update from September 20, 11:13 a.m .: After the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, there is still no date for the coronation of King Charles III. This question must be clarified in peace and of course coordinated with the palace and the monarch, British Minister of Culture Michelle Donelan told radio station LBC on Tuesday. The state mourning after the Queen’s death had just ended.
“We want to give the country a break. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was a remarkable event that brought the country together,” Donelan said. The same applies to the Queen’s 70th jubilee in June. “That can also stimulate the economy,” said the minister. The “Telegraph” speculated on a date in the spring or summer of next year.
Queen’s Funeral: The first viewer numbers and number of citizens at the coffin
Update from September 20, 10.40 a.m .: After the ceremony for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is over, there are the first numbers: According to British Minister of Culture Michelle Donelan, more than 250,000 people came to the coffin to pay their last respects. This is not yet a final number, her ministry is still evaluating the information, Donelan said on Tuesday to Sky News.
Scores of people had queued for hours to see the closed coffin in the British Parliament’s Westminster Hall. Commentators were quick to point out that the figure given would be lower than that of Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, who was paid their respects by some 300,000 people after his death in 1952, and significantly lower than the government had previously anticipated.
According to a forecast, more than 4 billion viewers were expected worldwide for television ratings. At least in Germany, the television stations have already scored points. According to dwdl.de, Das Erste was the front runner. An average of 2.91 million people watched the live broadcast from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The special “Farewell to the Queen – Funeral in Windsor” at 8:15 p.m. was watched by 4.17 million.
Princess Charlotte weeps bitterly for her great-grandmother
Update from September 20, 9:35 a.m .: During the funeral service and the procession, the royals present were repeatedly overwhelmed by their grief for the head of the family, Queen Elizabeth II. The day was also particularly difficult for the two oldest children of Prince William and Duchess Kate, nine-year-old Prince George and seven-year-old Princess Charlotte.
At first, Charlotte walked behind her great-grandmother’s coffin, holding her mother’s hand. Later, however, she could no longer hold back her tears and cried bitterly. Mother Kate comforted the child. William and Kate are said to have thought long and hard about doing the procedure to the two, leaving their youngest son Prince Louis (4) at home. It was said that George had a better understanding of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, dubbed “Gan Gan.”
Queen Elizabeth II buried – Charles III. takes over: What happens now?
Update from September 20, 7:15 a.m .: Queen Elizabeth II found her final resting place on Monday evening in Windsor Castle in the presence of her family. With her burial in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, a separate part of St George’s Chapel, Elizabeth II was reunited with her parents, her sister Princess Margaret and her husband Prince Philip. The Queen’s state funeral began in the morning with a funeral service at Westminster Abbey, attended by 2,000 high-ranking guests.
There is currently a seven-day mourning period for the royal family. Prince Charles III now takes over the scepter, but still has to wait for his public coronation. The “Telegraph” assumes that this will only take place in the spring or summer of next year. After attending the funeral service, Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised the good connections between Germany and Charles, who also speaks the language because of his German ancestors. Steinmeier invited to a state visit.
It is expected that Prince Charles will now want to slim down the top of the royal family and also save money. Charles, who is also very committed to environmental protection, will have some plans in view of the high energy prices and inflation rate. However, he is likely to clash with Prime Minister Liz Truss’ course – although he is not allowed to interfere politically. There are also crises within one’s own family – the Queen as mediator is now gone.
Personal touch despite royal protocol: Here Queen Elizabeth II flashed through herself
Update 9 p.m.: The farewell ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II, which lasted more than ten hours, was not only extremely emotional, but also strictly scheduled by the royal protocol. During the course of the day, however, there were always moments that gave the funeral service a more personal touch: Princess Kate wore a precious pearl necklace from the Queen, with which she regularly showed herself in public, especially in the 1980s and 90s.
“The Lord’s My Shepherd”, one of the record monarch’s favorite hymns, was also sung in Westminster Abbey. This was already performed during their wedding, which also took place in the halls of Westminster Abbey in 1947, and therefore has a deep meaning for the entire royal family. The funeral service in St. George’s Chapel was also concluded musically with great symbolic power: your personal bagpiper Major Paul Burns, who plays the role of Piper to the Sovereign , said goodbye to his employer with the traditional lament “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep”.
The animal companions of the deceased Queen also said goodbye on site: Her beloved dogs, the two corgis Muick and Sandy, also attended the mourning ceremony at Windsor Castle. Emma, Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite horse, also received the coffin there. The monarch is said to have always maintained a very loving relationship with her animals.
Queen Elizabeth II’s final rest: Actual burial in camera
Update 8:00 p.m .: The actual burial takes place in a private ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II, closed to the public and far from the cameras. Only the closest family circle takes part in this. The coffin containing the mortal remains of the record-breaking monarch was placed in the royal crypt, named after King Edward VI, during the funeral service in St. George’s Chapel. is named, lowered. Her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April 2021, is already buried there. In the family circle, the ceremony should be far more personal than was the case during the day during the mandatory program prescribed by the protocol.
Queen Elizabeth II’s historic funeral: An overview of the Queen’s last stops
Update 7:15 p.m .: September 19 marks a historic day in the history of the British monarchy: Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral ends an era, not just for many Britons. In an emotional, thoroughly planned mourning ceremony, the record monarch, who died at the age of 96, now found her final resting place.
- In the morning, the last mourners were allowed to say goodbye to the coffin with Queen Elizabeth II’s mortal remains laid out in Westminster Hall. This was then transferred to Westminster Abbey for the following ceremony.
- A first funeral service was held there, attended by around 2,000 guests. Among them were, in addition to the British royal family, the US President Joe Biden and France’s head of state Emanuel Macron.
- A procession then marched along with the coffin to Wellington Arch in the heart of London. There the deceased was loaded into a hearse.
- He then drove to Windsor, where a second, smaller funeral service was held in St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. There the Queen’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault. Members of various European nobility and royal houses also took part in this.
- In the evening, the royal family will return to the chapel to say goodbye to the Queen in private, in camera. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April 2021.
- Officially, the state-mandated period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom will last until September 26th.
Queen Elizabeth II finds final rest: service in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle
Update 6.30 p.m .: There were also great feelings far away from the walls of Windsor Castle, for example on the Long Walk, which leads to the residence: there those present followed the mourning ceremony in St. George’s Chapel via video screen. One moment remains unforgotten: When the Queen’s coffin is lowered and the bagpiper’s lament is played, many people shed tears.
Update 5:59 p.m .: When the national anthem sounds, King Charles III takes it. the language. The mourning monarch appears withdrawn and completely moved. The end of the service apparently moved the 73-year-old to tears. RTL aristocracy expert Michael Begasse: “I’ve never seen these emotions in Charles.” Little by little, the royal family gets into the waiting cars, and then privately says goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II.
Update 5:58 p.m .: The funeral service is over. The Royal Family leave St. George’s Chapel. This act is considered the last official item on the program of the ten-day national mourning.
Update 5:52 p.m .: The coffin with Queen Elizabeth II’s remains is lowered into the Royal Vault, at the same time a funeral song is played by a single bagpiper. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury then pronounces his blessing (“Go out into the world in peace; be of good cheer, hold fast to what is good, give no evil for evil; strengthen the weak, support the weak, help the afflicted, honor all people, love and serve the Lord and rejoice in the power of the Holy Spirit.”), followed by the national anthem.
Update 5:46 p.m .: King Charles III. now lays the Queen’s flag on the coffin of his late mother. The Head of the Royal Household, Lord Chamberlain Baron Parker, then dismantles his staff and places it there as well, as protocol requires. There are more words from the Dean of Windsor, who again quotes a psalm from the Bible. To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II, her titles are read out again.
Update 5:38 p.m .: The Dean of Windsor now receives the state insignia: the state crown, the orb and the scepter. At the same time, those present stand up. Higher members of the court take the items and place them on the high altar. Meanwhile, it is very quiet in St. George’s Chapel, only a few noises can be heard, otherwise there is a devotional atmosphere. The silence is broken by another song, a hymn, the text of which dates back to the 7th century.
Update 5.30 p.m .: Now clergymen who worked and are working in the Queen’s most important places of residence (Sandringham, Balmoral, Windsor) commemorate the late monarch. First up is the Principal of Sandringham. Then those present say the Lord’s Prayer together.
Update 5:28 p.m .: David John Conner, Dean of Windsor, gives the opening sermon, recalling Queen Elizabeth II’s deep faith. The late monarch regularly visited St. George’s Chapel, said the 75-year-old, who emphasized the monarch’s calm demeanor in his speech. A Bible verse from the New Testament is then read.
Update 5:19 p.m .: The members of the royal family are now taking their intended places in St. George’s Chapel. Her path leads once again past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, in front of which her closest relatives bow before they sit down on the wooden benches. Then the “Russian Hymn to the Deceased” sounds at the beginning.
Update 5:13 p.m .: The funeral service in St. George’s Chapel begins with a little delay. Accompanied by sacred chanting, the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried through the hall of the Collegiate Church past the mourners as those present rise to pay tribute to the late monarch.
Queen Elizabeth II’s final journey: the funeral procession runs from London to Windsor Castle
Update 5.10 p.m .: The hearse has now reached its final destination. The coffin containing Queen Elizabeth II’s remains is now carried into St George’s Chapel by the pallbearers.
Update 4.55 p.m .: In the courtyard of Windsor Castle, the royal family will join the funeral procession, then it will go to St. George’s Chapel, where a more intimate service will take place in front of around 800 guests. The Queen’s beloved corgis, Muick and Sandy, are also on hand. The two dogs have found a new home with Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second eldest son.
Update 4.45pm: The hearse has now reached the walls of Windsor Castle. The devotional, which is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., can therefore be held according to the schedule. British Prime Minister Liz Truss has also arrived on site.
Update 4.30 p.m .: Former US President Barack Obama also paid tribute to the late British Queen Elizabeth II. In a video that he published on his Twitter account, Obama (61) reported on his visits to London as US President. “She couldn’t have been kinder or more thoughtful to me and Michelle,” he said in praise of the late monarch, revealing that the Queen made a lasting impression on his two daughters in particular: “She offered the girls the gilded carriage on the premises driving around from Buckingham Palace.” She also reminded him a lot of his grandmother, Obama said of the Queen.
Update 4:20 p.m .: St. George’s Chapel is gradually filling up, and members of other European royal and aristocratic houses also take part in the mourning ceremony at Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth II will find her final resting place there. The funeral procession has now reached the Long Walk, which leads to the sprawling estate.
Update 4:05 p.m .: After being briefly delayed, the royal convoy has made up for the lost minutes and the next item on the funeral service program should start very soon. The hearse has now arrived in Windsor, where it was also greeted with great excitement. Another funeral service is to be held in St. George’s Chapel near Windsor Castle. Around 800 guests take part in this, but there was talk of a farewell in “small circles”.
Update 3.30 p.m .: As the Daily Mail reports, the funeral service for three Buckingham Palace employees is said to have become a real stress test: the military members had to be supported, one of them apparently even fell to the ground after the royal family left the scene. The other two had to be carried away before and after the transfer of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin.
Update 3:15 p.m .: St. George’s Chapel near Windsor Castle, where another service is to take place, is slowly filling up with the first guests while the royal convoy passes west London and the outskirts of the metropolis. The procession should arrive at its destination in around 20 minutes. Interesting: Queen Elizabeth II’s hearse comes from Swabia, as echo24.de reports.
Meghan Markle cries, Prince Harry apparently refuses national anthem
Update 2:47 p.m .: While the mortal remains of Queen Elizabeth II are being loaded into the hearse, the members of the Royal Family who have gathered around the coffin are repeatedly displayed. You can see how some tears flow with Duchess Meghan. A ZDF expert explains in the background: Prince Harry did not sing “God Save the Queen”. King Charles III showed great feelings with a small letter – and open tears.
Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: Coffin on the way to Windsor Castle in the hearse
Update 2:37 p.m .: A “last goodbye” from the capital London follows. As the national anthem plays, the hearse carriages depart first for Windsor Castle, where the funeral will take place – some 40 kilometers separate the two locations. There will be a funeral service in St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. In the presence of the family without guests, the Queen is to be buried next to her late husband Prince Philip.
Update 2:33 p.m .: The marines resign along with the empty gun carriage. The trunk and the doors of the hearse are opened and the coffin is gradually placed in the car, the doors closed. Princess Anne accompanies her mother in the carriage behind.
Update 2:31 p.m .: The entire royal family is lining up. They see off the coffin in the hearse for transfer to Windsor. Princess Charlotte and her brother Prince George discuss with each other on the sidelines. Even at this moment, Harry is standing next to Meghan behind Charles and Camilla.
Update 2:21 p.m .: The planned protocol for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service has gotten a bit muddled. So far everything has been right up to the minute in the last few days. Today the program is 20 minutes behind, the planned sections during the ceremony took longer than planned. The Queen’s coffin was supposed to arrive at Wellington Arch at 2 p.m.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier impresses about the funeral service – he emphasizes good relations with Charles
Update 2:13 p.m .: Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier tells ZDF his impressions of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service. He found it “very impressive” and saw “many moving people” in the church. Steinmeier said he had the impression that it was exactly what people wanted. He was also allowed to meet the Queen himself. He admits that he found the monarch much less stiff than he had expected. Also King Charles III. he already knew, he would be in almost regular conversation with the new regent. It is also very important to Charles to have a good relationship between Germany and Great Britain.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier also emphasized that he was King Charles III. also directly invited to a visit to Germany, which Charles III. after his commitments to the Commonwealth also intend to accept.
Update 2:10 p.m .: The funeral procession passes Buckingham Palace again. At the end of the train at Wellington Arch, the Queen’s coffin is then loaded onto a hearse.
Update 1:24 p.m .: The procession begins, the Queen’s coffin is pulled through downtown London. A gun salute from Hyde Park and the chimes of Big Ben will ring out for the entire procession.
Funeral Queen: Farewell Letter from Charles III. on the Queen’s coffin – spider scurries across it
Update 1:23 p.m .: Secret note on the Queen’s coffin: An envelope can be seen in the flower arrangement chosen by Charles on the Queen’s coffin. The new king gives his deceased mother parting words for the last journey. “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R,” reads it. Viewers noticed that at one moment a small spider scurried across the note, which was immediately circulated on the web.
Update 1:15 p.m .: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Abbey and is placed back on the carriage. He is now being pulled through central London in a ceremonial funeral procession. He will be brought to Wellington Arch accompanied by the most important royals. Hundreds of thousands of people had gathered on the roads along the route hours beforehand.
Update 1.05 p.m .: The clergy leave the church with music by Johann Sebastian Bach. The coffin is also slowly carried back out through the nave by the porters. The official funeral service is over.
Update 12:57 p.m .: Even otherwise rather emotionless royals like Prince Edward are deeply moved by the ceremony. He wipes away a tear, as can the tears in King Charles III’s eyes as the music plays. Prince George also seems moved, sits restlessly in his seat and plays with his song book.
Between music and prayers: funeral service in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.
Update 12.46 p.m .: A song is played that was also played in 1953 at the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and her Prince Philip. The Queen is said to have chosen the music herself while she was still alive.
Update 12:21 p.m .: Prime Minister Liz Truss speaks to the mourners. She quotes from the Gospel of John. “Believe in God and believe in me. I go to prepare a place for you… and I will take you to myself, so that you also may be where I am…”
Update 12:19 p.m .: The wreath on Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was assembled at the request of her son, King Charles III. The plants come from the gardens of their residences Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and from Charles’ country estate Highgrove House. These included rosemary, which symbolizes remembrance. The myrtle used – a symbol of a happy marriage – was cut from a plant that was once grown from a myrtle sprig in the queen’s wedding bouquet.
Also included were pedunculate oak as a symbol of the power of love, geraniums, garden roses, hydrangeas, sedum, dahlias and scabious. The wreath was gold, pink and deep burgundy with touches of white – the colors of the royal standard.
Update 12:07 p.m .: The funeral service begins, the procession is over. dr David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster, leads the service. “Redeem us from the death of sin into a life of righteousness,” he says.
Queen Elizabeth II Funeral Service: The coffin is carried into Westminster Abbey
Update 11:59 a.m .: Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is carried down the aisle of Westminster Abbey church.
Update 11:53 a.m .: The Queen’s coffin has arrived in front of Westminster Abbey. The royals salute, the marines have removed their hats. The pallbearers take the coffin off the carriage and carry it to the historic church in central London – the lead interior makes it particularly heavy.
Update 11.49 a.m .: On the way to the funeral service in Westminster Abbey, the coffin of the late British Queen Elizabeth II is pulled on a gun carriage by 142 marines. The historic carriage weighs two tons and is only moved by human power with ropes.
Prince Andrew tearfully walks behind his dead mother
Update 11.46 a.m.: To the sound of bagpipe music, the procession that brings the body of Queen Elizabeth II from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey begins. Six minutes are allotted for this. King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind the coffin. When the camera pans to Prince Andrew, who is attending the funeral in civilian clothes, his grief cannot be hidden. The Queen’s son sheds tears as he follows behind his mother’s coffin.
Update 11:44 a.m .: Unlike the wake, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew are not allowed to wear a military uniform in the procession. Both royals are appearing in civilian clothes as they have had to resign their offices and honorary positions and are no longer members of the royal family.
Queen’s Funeral: The ceremony begins
Update 11:42 a.m .: The Queen’s coffin is carried out of Westminster Hall. Eight soldiers in red uniforms carry the coffin onto the gun carriage, with flowers, the crown, the orb and the scepter on it.
Update 11:24 a.m .: The political celebrities of the United Kingdom also gather in Westminster Abbey. In the meantime, all the former prime ministers who are still alive are on site. Liz Truss is also there – she saw the Queen shortly before her death for appointment as Prime Minister.
Guests at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: Joe Biden does not want to be driven up by bus
Update 11:04 a.m .: More and more prominent guests arrive at Westminster Abbey. Heads of state from all over the world, members of European royal families and celebrities are invited. Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and Camilla’s son, Tom Parker Bowles, are already in attendance. Politicians like Prime Minister Liz Truss or French President Emmanuel Macron. US President Joe Biden has also just arrived at Westminster Abbey with his wife – he is the only one who was driven up in his own armored car instead of a bus.
New photo of Queen Elizabeth II – photo series published in her honor
Update 10:17 a.m .: Shortly before the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, the royal family released a clip of many pictures from the life of the monarch. Among them, Elizabeth can also be seen as a baby, during her military service in World War II or with her husband Prince Philip. It also includes a new portrait that was only published on Sunday. The blue brooch on it had a special meaning: it had been given to her by her father for her 18th birthday.
Princess Charlotte and Prince George attend the Queen’s funeral
Update from September 19, 8:30 a.m .: In addition to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Duchess Kate and Prince William, their two oldest children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, will also attend the ceremony. This emerges from the program of the service in Westminster Abbey, which was published on Sunday evening.
A source told the Daily Mail: “As parents, Kate and William have thought long and hard about bringing George and Charlotte with them. Ultimately, it was a collective family decision. Louis is of course still too young, but they think the two are ready.”
The Queen’s personal bagpiper also plays at her funeral
Update from September 19, 7:31 a.m .: The Queen had wished for her own funeral to be accompanied by bagpipe music. There can only be one: Elizabeth II’s personal bagpiper will conclude the funeral service for the late Queen. Major Paul Burns will play the traditional dirge “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep” while the mourners stand and the coffin is brought out of Westminster Abbey, British media reported.
Queen Elizabeth II state funeral: queue for the coffin closed, last citizen gets admission
Update from September 19, 7:14 a.m .: King Charles III. Thanked the public for their condolences on Sunday: “We were touched beyond measure by everyone who took the trouble to come and pay their last respects to the lifelong service of my dear mother, the late Queen,” Charles said. At 10.40pm on Sunday the line for the Queen’s coffin was officially closed, causing great disappointment, according to the BBC. The last citizen will be able to say goodbye to the Queen at 06:30 local time (07:30 GMT) before the building closes to the public and the state funeral begins.
Funeral of the British Queen Queen Elizabeth II.
First report from September 18, 2022: London – On September 8, 2022, the United Kingdom received the terrible news: Her queen, Queen Elizabeth II, died at the proud age of 96 at Balmoral Castle. What happened after that is recorded in the “Operation London Bridge” protocol. Until early Monday morning (19.09.22, 6.30 a.m. local time, 07.30 a.m. CEST) her coffin remains in Westminster Hall, where the public had the opportunity to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II. At peak times, people stood in a kilometer-long queue for up to 24 hours.
Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: At 11.44 her coffin is carried into Westminster Abbey
The Royal will embark on her final voyage on Monday. There is a meticulous timetable for the Queen’s funeral: shortly after 11:35 a.m. (CEST), bearers will lift the Queen’s coffin from its catafalque in Westminster Hall and bring it to a carriage in front of the north gate of the building. From 11.44 a.m. (CEST) this will not be pulled by horses, but by 142 young marines with ropes. Several members of the royal family, including brothers Prince Harry and Prince William, reunited over the death of their grandmother, with their wives, will walk behind the coffin to Westminster Abbey, where it will be carried to a pedestal.
Queen Elizabeth II expressed personal music wishes for the funeral before her death
Part of the traditional ceremony was also changed for the Queen, it said. Like Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth chose the music for her funeral while she was still alive. At the end of the service, the song “The Last Post” is played on the trumpet, followed by a minute’s silence. At the conclusion of the state funeral, which is expected at 12 noon, a bagpiper will play a lament for Elizabeth II. After the service at Westminster Abbey, the Queen’s coffin will be carried in another procession to Wellington Arch, also to be accompanied by the sounds of the bagpipes. More than 10,000 members of the British military are said to be involved to ensure security, according to the BBC’s Chief of Defense Staff.
The Queen will ultimately become King George VI. Memorial Chapel where she will be buried with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year.
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Queen Elizabeth II funeral: attendance records expected with ceremony
The entire ceremony is a huge event, which of course will also be streamed and broadcast on TV for fans all over the world. AFP expects an estimated 4.1 billion people to watch the Queen’s funeral around the world, breaking all previous records.
On site, 2,200 people are expected to attend the funeral service in Westminster Abbey – the maximum number of people that can be accommodated in the church. More than 100 monarchs and heads of state are expected, including US President Joe Biden and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The evening before, the new king, Charles III, received the heads of state.
Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: the guest list causes outrage in advance
However, some names on the guest list caused an uproar even before the funeral ceremony began: for example, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is known for his right-wing populist positions. But the fact that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from Saudi Arabia is said to be present also leads to discussions on the Internet. Bin Salman is accused of being behind the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. His fiancee, Hatic Cengiz, told the Guardian that it was a “shame” for the Queen’s memory and that the Saudi crown prince was trying to achieve “legitimacy and normalization”. It is unclear whether the controversial people will actually take part.
The government of Russia, on the other hand, has not received an invitation.
Sources used : dpa, AFP, merkur.de, BBC, DailyMail, tagesschau.de, ZDF, PA, Telegraph, dwdl.de, RTL