Ahead of the state funeral tomorrow, it was another busy day as heads of state arrived for the service and paid their respects to Her Majesty The Queen. A new portrait of Her Majesty was unveiled, taken by Ranald McKechnie at Windsor Castle in May. The aquamarine brooches she is wearing in the picture were given to her by her father, King George VI, on her 18th birthday.
Here are the headlines of the day.
- Orders of service for Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel have been published
- Princess of Wales and First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska met at Buckingham Palace.
- An extraordinary group of heads of state gathered at Buckingham Palace, arguably the largest diplomatic reception ever hosted by a monarch.
- There was a national moment of reflection.
We begin with the order of services for tomorrow, starting with the state funeral. (You can view the Order of Service here.)
from The Washington Post:
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev. David Howell, will lead the state funeral, with homilies delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev and the Right Hon. Justin Welby.
Before the service, the Westminster Abbey tenor bell will toll once every minute for 96 minutes, with each toll representing a year of Elizabeth’s life.
Before the service begins at 11am, a procession will bring the Queen’s coffin from Westminster Hall to the Abbey. It will rest on a gun carriage pulled by 98 Royal Navy sailors, a tradition that goes back to Queen Victoria’s funeral. Most members of the bearer party will walk behind the coffin from Westminster Hall, while others will join the procession as it enters Westminster Abbey, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Here you can see the children at Prince Philip’s memorial.
more from of the Telegraph coverage
Buckingham Palace announced on Sunday night that Her Majesty’s grandchildren, aged nine and seven, will join the procession down the nave at the start of the service. They will walk behind their parents in front of the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, reflecting their place in the line of succession.
The Prince and Princess of Wales considered “very carefully” ahead of the funeral whether to involve their two eldest children, who called the late Queen “Gun Gun”.
More about music selection from this hello story.
The Lord’s My Shepherd, including I Will Not Want, which was sung at the Queen’s wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. The same hymn was included at the funeral of the Queen’s father, George VI, in 1952, but with slightly different wording.
Other hymns to be sung at the funeral include The Day You Gave, Lord, Is Ended; And love divine, loves all excellence. The latter song has been featured at several royal weddings, including those of Prince William and Princess Kate, Charles and Camilla, and Princess Eugenie.
You can watch the state funeral online:
from of the Telegraph coverage
After the service the Queen’s coffin will be returned to the gun carriage by the pallbearers and a procession will travel to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park, led by NHS doctors and nurses.
The route will be lined by armed forces from Westminster Abbey to the top of Constitution Hill at the Commonwealth Memorial Gate.
At Wellington Arch the royal family will watch as the Queen’s coffin is moved to the new state hearse, the details of which have been approved by the Queen, before it begins its journey to Windsor Castle.
At 3.53pm, the procession will stop at the foot of the west steps of St George’s Chapel in the Horseshoe Cloisters.
The pallbearers will lift the coffin from the State Hearing, from where it will be taken in procession to the West Steps.
and the service at St. George’s Chapel (see it here of The Guardian site). It will also be televised.
Also this evening, there was a minute of reflection in the UK, according to Buckingham Palace “an opportunity to reflect on the life and legacy of Her Majesty The Queen”. Below, a view of Piccadilly Circus.
Staff and passengers at Waterloo station mark the moment
Prime Minister Liz Truss and her husband Hugh O’Leary.
And people on the Mall near Buckingham Palace.
As noted, there was a large diplomatic reception hosted by King Charles this evening. Before the reception, the Princess of Wales met Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska.
from of the mirror coverage
The Princess of Wales meets the First Lady of Ukraine ahead of the Queen’s state funeral. Kate Middleton and Olena Zelenska greeted each other at a special reception hosted by King Charles at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening.
They were pictured sitting on either side of a fireplace in gingham armchairs with purple orchids on display in the background. Ms Zelenska had earlier visited Westminster Hall to see the Queen in bed.
Earlier today, the First Lady visited Her Majesty’s Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall. Here you can see him as Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK Vadim Prystaiko (L); His wife, Inna Prystaiko (2nd L), first lady, and apologies, a gentleman I do not recognize.
Last week, President Zelensky visited the British Embassy to sign a condolence book.
From his message.
On behalf of the people of Ukraine and myself, I express my sincere condolences on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Ukrainian men and women share this great loss. We extend our condolences to all subjects of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth of Nations and the British Crown. The memory of the great man and his selfless service to his people will live forever in the history of mankind.”
Many readers will remember when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent time with the President and First Lady in October 2020.
More from this people story.
In March, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Center in London to hear about efforts to support Ukrainians in the UK and across Europe.
In April, the royal couple visited the Disaster Emergency Committee headquarters in London to learn more about their work to support people affected by Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
The Duke and Duchess at the Cultural Center in March.
And in April at the DEC headquarters.
Ahead of tonight’s reception, many visiting heads of state paid their respects in Westminster Hall. Below is Ireland’s Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina.
Princess Theodora, Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece.
Emperor Naruhito of Japan.
The King of Lesotho, Lacey III.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain.
King Jigme Khesar Namgel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.
French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron.
Queen Margrethe, the Queen’s cousin (right), and Crown Prince Frederik (centre) from Denmark.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.
King Harald V of Norway.
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.
President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.
The President and First Lady also visited Lancaster House to offer official condolences. Dr. Biden said, “Queen Elizabeth II lived her life for the people she served with wisdom and grace. We will never forget his warmth, kindness and the conversations we shared. May God grant him eternal rest.”
from The Evening Standard story.
US President Joe Biden said the world is better because of the Queen.
Speaking at Lancaster House, Mr Biden said: “To all the people of England, to all the people of the UK, our hearts go out to you.
“You were lucky to have him for 70 years, we all were. “The world is better for him.”
Mr Biden said the Queen reminded him of his own mother.
Now for a quick roundup of events around the UK. Inside the Palace of Westminster, a procession of people continued in front of Her Majesty’s coffin.
The viewing queue is closed while he is lying down.
Changes continued for those guarding his coffin.
And things like candle wax were maintained, as they have been since Wednesday.
Inside Westminster Hall, a beam of sunlight shines on a guard and mourners.
The scene before the row from this morning.
The line passes the London Eye this afternoon.
Queue as the sun goes down tonight.
In Green Park, people still came to see flowers brought from Buckingham Palace.
View of Cambridge Gate, Windsor.
And get in line to get there.
In Belfast, Northern Ireland, people leave messages on a wall.
At the mall, people are camping out to get a better view.
Some have set up barricades.
And there was another rainbow outside Buckingham Palace, this one Shared by Annelise NielsenA Sky News Australia Correspondent
As for today’s outfit, the princess repeated the Catherine Walker dress she wore to Prince Philip’s memorial service. It looked like she was wearing a new pair of pumps; UFO No More suggests that they are Aquazura purists.