Queen Elizabeth’s committal was a homecoming – to Windsor and to God

There is the reality of mortality, as described by the Dean of Windsor in Psalm 103: “The days of man are but grass… As soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone.”  There is the certainty of life after death, as stated in the prayers: “We rejoice at thy gracious promise to all … Read more

With drummers, costumes and aging pomp, Britain mourned more than the queen – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Tanya Gold is a freelance journalist. This was not the funeral of the head of a state of a medium sized power, who has presided over managed decline since 1952: the guest list told you that. It was something older, and more magical, and savage. Crowned heads and … Read more

Full order of service for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and the committal

The Procession of Religious Representatives moves to places in the Nave and the Sacrarium.  All remain seated. Members of the Royal Family are received at the Great West Door by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster and are conducted to their seats in the Lantern.  All remain seated. The Choir of Westminster Abbey and the … Read more

What is still open during the bank holiday tomorrow?

What sports events are cancelled? All horse-racing has been cancelled on the day of the funeral. No other major sporting events were planned for this Monday.  What else is impacted by the funeral? Center Parcs  Center Parcs had originally announced that it would order holidaymakers to leave its UK sites on the day of the … Read more

Mourners told ‘don’t set off to join the queue’

Jacinda Ardern has said New Zealand will not become a republic “quick or soon” – but that it could happen “over the course of my lifetime”. New Zealand’s prime minister told the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme that her country’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth II has evolved over the years and that she has no intention of … Read more

Royal future looks bleak for Prince Andrew without supportive Queen Elizabeth

With the death of the Queen, the Duke of York not only lost his mother but also any lingering possibility that he might one day return to public duties. The unconditional love and support the monarch showed for her son had long offered him a faint glimmer of hope that he could eventually be accepted … Read more

China send ‘the handle on President Xi’s knife’ to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

Both men are also so-called “princelings” related to Chinese Communist party revolutionaries, with Xi born to one and Wang marrying the daughter of another. Trained as a historian, Wang originally worked in an antiquities museum in Shaanxi but later enjoyed a swift rise through the Communist party ranks. In the 1990s, he launched China’s first … Read more

Labour MP Clive Lewis claims idea of monarchy as symbol of duty is a ‘lie’

A Labour MP has said he watched thousands of people queueing to pay tribute to the late Queen at her lying-in-state with “bemusement followed by a touch of despair” and claimed the idea of monarchy as a symbol of duty is a “lie”. Clive Lewis, a former shadow cabinet minister, has openly defied Sir Keir … Read more

King Charles III leads vigil at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at Westminster Hall

The route will start at Wellington Arch, taking the coffin by hearse past London landmarks including the Albert Memorial and the Natural History Museum, passing through Runnymede – where Magna Carta was signed – before arriving in Windsor. The route has been announced to allow even those who cannot face the London queue the chance … Read more

A minute-by-minute guide to her state funeral on Monday

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was moved in procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, where it will lie until the day of her funeral. Britain’s longest serving monarch will be honoured with a full state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, featuring every element of pomp with personal touches … Read more