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Orders of Service for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral and committal service released

Queen Elizabeth

Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2022. 5:55 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Per CNN, Buckingham Palace has released the official Orders of Service for the state funeral and committal of Queen Elizabeth the Second to be held on Monday in London and Windsor, Berkshire.

The former service begins at 4 a.m. Belize time at Westminster Abbey, London, featuring the Archbishop of Canterbury giving the Sermon and Commendation and lesson readings from Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Prime Minister Liz Truss.

The ceremonies are intended to follow royal tradition and pay tribute to many aspects of the Queen’s life and service as well as her family, with selected music for the occasion recalling past events including her coronation, wedding and the funeral of consort the Duke of Edinburgh just last year. Her oldest great-grandchildren will be part of the royal family procession into Westminster Abbey to the voice of the Choir of Westminster Abbey in the Nave singing the Sentences – lines of scripture set to music which have been used at every state funeral since the early part of the 18th century, the palace said. During the service, a specially commissioned choral piece inspired by the Queen’s “unwavering Christian faith” will be performed by the choir. “Like as the hart” is a setting of Psalm 42 by the Master of the King’s Music, Judith Weir, which will be sung unaccompanied.

The nation will observe a two-minute silence towards the end of the hour-long service after which the Sovereign’s Piper of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will play the traditional lament, “Sleep, dearie, sleep” – a fitting farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Following the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will travel in procession through central London to Wellington Arch, where it will be placed in the state hearse and depart for Windsor, where a committal service will take place at St. George’s Chapel at 9 a.m. Belize time.

As the committal service draws to a close, the Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault, set beneath St. Georges, as the Dean reads Psalm 103, which concludes with the words, “Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul.”

The Garter King of Arms will then proclaim the Queen’s styles and titles before her piper plays for her one last time.

Monday is being observed as a public and bank holiday in Belize.


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