Before that, King Charles stepped forward to place the camp color of the Queens Company of the Grenadier Guards on the late King’s coffin.
Then, Lord Chamberlain, the highest position in the royal family, broke the office wand and placed it on top of the coffin. According to Buckingham Palace, the ceremonial breaking of the slender staff is to create consistency with the three state tools removed.
Lowering the Queen’s coffin into the crypt, the Dean of Windsor said a psalm, before the King of Arms uttered the Queen’s methods and titles. This concluded the public festivities dedicated to her.
However, the crypt was not her last burial place. Later on Monday evening, a private burial was scheduled for the royal family, when the Queen will be taken to the King George VI Memorial Chapel. Here the Queen’s coffin will join the coffin of her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Prince Philip’s coffin will also be moved, so the Queen can be laid to rest alongside her beloved husband of 73 years.
Although closed for private observance on Mondays, the chapel is usually open to the public, meaning Britons can visit the Queen’s final resting place to pay their respects.
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