Queen Elizabeth II's last trip to Windsor after state funeral in London

Queen Elizabeth II’s last trip to Windsor after state funeral in London

Westminster Abbey, where the funeral is held, has a long and storied history. In addition to being the site of the British royal coronation since 1066, the abbey was also a special residence of the late queen herself during the 96 years.

In 1947, then Princess Elizabeth was 21 years old Prince Philip married At the altar of Westminster Abbey. Five years later, her coronation ceremony was held here.

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The flag flies at half mast at Westminster Abbey in London on September 12, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.

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The family’s joy will follow at the marriage of her grandson Prince William to Kate Middleton here in 2011. The family’s grief will also come with the Queen’s mother’s funeral in 2002, then Her husband’s funeral in 2021.

The last time a king’s funeral was held at Westminster Abbey itself was 262 years ago, for King George II.

“This is Westminster Abbey. This is Her Majesty the Queen. I think you can assume that you will see the tradition in action — a great living tradition in action,” said the very Reverend Dr. David Howell, who was appointed by the Queen as the 39th Dean of Westminster Abbey, and charged with leading the service.

“I think it is the function of the monastery and the job of people like myself, in a sense, is to continue to piece the story together–to say that it is possible in so volatile and divided times to say, all this may be brought together and reconciled with the Restoration and the Celebration. So, the reign of Her Majesty, who It started in the monastery, in the monastery. It’s a little more than putting the story together.”

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