Reign of King Charles III begins in earnest at the end of his darkest day

Beside him, his Queen Consort looked bereft at times, but she knows she must now become the “strength and stay” that Prince Philip was to the Queen. When events moved on to Windsor, and the more intimate committal ceremony inside St George’s Chapel, she walked beside her husband as the coffin was carried down the … Read more

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

Justin Trudeau sings Bohemian Rhapsody in London hotel days before Queen’s funeral

His office subsequently released a statement defending his actions. A spokesman for Mr Trudeau said: “After dinner on Saturday, the Prime Minister joined a small gathering with members of the Canadian delegation, who have come together to pay tribute to the life and service of Her Majesty. “Gregory Charles, a renowned musician from Quebec and … Read more

Who carries Queen Elizabeth’s coffin?

The coffin bearers at the Queen’s funeral are from a unit of which the late monarch was Company Commander. Soldiers from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, have been chosen to lift the coffin during the service at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle. Although a senior officer took day-to-day control, the former sovereign’s connection … Read more

Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Westminster Abbey

Princess Charlotte wore a small brooch pinned to her front as she arrived at Westminster Abbey – a horseshoe, in honour of her great-grandmother, who was known for her lifelong love of horses. The Princess walked behind the coffin of her beloved “Gan-gan” with her older brother, George, as they arrived alongside their mother, the Princess … Read more

Joe Biden placed 14 rows back – behind Polish president

When members of the Royal family saluted as the late Queen’s coffin was carried into the Abbey, he gazed straight ahead. In the front of the south transept of Westminster Abbey were Realms governors general and then Commonwealth countries followed by other nations.  While Mr Biden arrived in his armoured car, nicknamed The Beast, others … Read more

How a Sergeant Major and a metronome app have ensured the military stay in step today

Sir Ben explained the complexities of the drill, as marching has subtle differences across the three forces. “In the navy, our drill orders are given on the right foot, whereas in the others they are given on the left foot,” he said. “As a sailor I had to get used to that but we all … 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

Duke of Sussex ‘devastated’ after being barred from having ER initials on uniform

The Duke of Sussex was “devastated” after being denied the right to bear his grandmother’s ER initials on the shoulder of his military uniform, it has emerged. Prince Harry mounted a sombre 15-minute vigil at Queen Elizabeth’s coffin alongside his seven cousins at Westminster Hall on Saturday evening. He had been given special dispensation by … Read more