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19 SEP 2022

STATE FUNERAL OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II
The end of an era

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On 8th September 2022 of Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-2022) died aged 96yrs, at Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, having celebrated her Platinum Jubilee (70yrs) just a few months before.  She was the first monarch to die in Scotland since the death of King James V of Scotland (1512-1542).  Her long reign of 70 years 214 days secured stability and safety with regard to the succession of the Throne and throughout her reign she executed her duties without fail in the best traditions of a constitutional monarch.  She will be regarded as one of the most successful and respected monarchs in recent memory. 

 

Like the long reign of her illustrious great-great grandmother - Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901), who herself reigned for 63 years 216 days and celebrated her own Diamond Jubilee (60yrs) in 1897, we have witnessed many changes throughout the last seventy years.  From the end of the British Empire and the ‘wind of change’ of independence, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the spread of democracy throughout the world; the ever increasing threats of terrorism such as the 9/11 attacks in New York, USA to the horrors of the Covid-19 pandemic; from the growth of technology from man walking on the Moon, to the invention of the Internet – vast social, political and economic changes have occurred and yet despite such changes, the late Queen remained a pivotal focus for all of her people.

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The Union Flag at half-mast

over Windsor Castle following the death

of Queen Elizabeth II

(following a light shower of rain - 

a rainbow appeared over the Castle)

Following a period of Laying-in-State at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland and subsequently at Westminster Hall, London, a State Funeral was held on

19th September 2022 - the first State Funeral since the 1965 State Funeral of The Rt Hon. Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) at St Paul's Cathedral, London. 

 

King Charles III (1948(2022-    ), formerly The Prince of Wales, led the mourners, which included many members of the Royal Family, Heads of State, representatives from Governments and Royal Families throughout the World.  Members of the Mountbatten Family also attended including: Penny, Countess Mountbatten of Burma (b.1953); her daughter Lady Alexandra Hooper (b.1982); Mountbatten's only surviving daughter - Lady Pamela Hicks (b.1929) and her daughter Miss India Hicks (Mrs David Flint Wood) (b.1967).

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The official BBC announcement

on live television reporting the death of

Queen Elizabeth II

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ABOVE: Penny, Countess Mountbatten of Burma

arriving at Westminster Abbey, London

for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

LEFT: Miss India Hicks (Mrs David Flint Wood)

with her mother Lady Pamela Hicks

at Lady Pamela's house - 

The Grove, near Brightwell Baldwin,

South Oxfordshire, 

BELOW: The arrival of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

at Westminster Abbey, London

followed by King Charles III

and members of the Royal Family.

Top left of the picture standing is

Lady Alexandra Hooper
Penny, Countess Mountbatten of Burma,

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India Hicks (Mrs David Flint Wood)

with her mother - Lady Pamela Hicks

at Westminster Abbey, London

for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

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King Charles III and members of the Royal Family

before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

at the Committal Service

in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

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David White, Garter King of Arms reading the styles and titles of Queen Elizabeth II

as her coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault following the Committal Service

in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

Following the Funeral Service at Westminster Abbey, the late Queen's coffin was taken to Windsor Castle, where a Committal Service was held in St George's Chapel.  The coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault, pending a private interment ceremony in the King George VI Memorial Chapel - the final resting place of King George VI (1895-1952), Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900-2002), and the ashes of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930-2002).

 

Later in the evening of 19th September 2022, Queen Elizabeth II was once again united with her late beloved husband - Prince Philip, 1st Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021).

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The King George VI Memorial Chapel, within St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle - 

now the joint grave of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

(with the ashes of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon)

and Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, 1st Duke of Edinburgh

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