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The World Says Good-Bye to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The World Says Good-Bye to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Thank you, Ma’am, for everything.

On Monday, September 19, 2022, the world said goodbye to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II after 70 years and 214 days on the throne. The one head of state in the world who knew her place and remembered she served the people of the UK and the Commonwealth, not the other way around. A classy and professional lady.

The funeral occurred at Westminster Abbey, the first royal state funeral at the church in 200 years.

Members of European royal families and over 100 heads of state made up the 2,000 guests. The Emperor and Empress of Japan, who rarely travel abroad, attended the funeral.

All times are local.

The United Kingdom came to a standstill, roads remained empty, and trains stopped, as people gathered around London and parks around England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to watch The Queen’s funeral.

The last of the public waiting to see The Queen lying state happened at 6:30 AM. The final vigil at her casket closed at 8:30 AM.

Big Ben rang at 9:00 AM before they covered it with a leather pad to muffle the rest of the day’s strikes out of respect for The Queen.

At 10:35 AM, the Grenadier Guards lifted The Queen’s coffin onto the State Gun Carriage, where 142 Royal Navy Ratings escorted her to transfer her to Westminster Abbey. The Royal Mourners, which included His Majesty King Charles III, followed behind the coffin. It arrived at 10:44 AM.

The funeral for The Queen began at 11:00 AM. All faiths were represented at the funeral. The London Times pointed out that Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, taking part is “a clear signal of the rapprochement between the established Protestant church and Roman Catholicism after centuries of repression and persecution.”

After the service, The Queen’s coffin returned to the gun carriage, where it made its way to the Wellington Arch, about two miles from Westminster Abbey. The same royal mourners and guards accompanied The Queen to the arch.

The procession, which started at 12:15 PM, went to Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Arch, Horse Guards Parade, The Mall, Buckingham Palace, Queen’s Gardens, Constitution Hill, and Apsley Way.

The Queen arrived at Wellington Arch and departed for Windsor. The procession during the Long Walk captivated everyone.

Oh, my heart. The Queen’s beloved corgis and horse were waiting for her at Windsor.

The royal family joined the procession as the hearse made its way to St. George’s Chapel, which will host the committal service.

A committal service will take place at St. George’s Chapel. This is a short and simple service with mostly royal household staff. But it’s also the place where The Queen will be laid to rest.

At the end of the service, The Queen will be lowered into the Royal Vault.

The Royal Family will have a private burial service tonight where The Queen will be buried with her husband His Royal Highness Prince Philip at the King George VI Memorial chapel, which houses her family: King George VI, the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret.


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What a classy woman. That she has passed this year, with the looming struggles around the world to salvage at least a modicum of political sanity is appropriate in some way.

But what about Meghan Markle! How is this impacting her!

And just how bad will King Charles be?

    Whitewall in reply to NotCoach. | September 19, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Tongue in cheek?

    Milhouse in reply to NotCoach. | September 19, 2022 at 10:16 am

    And just how bad will King Charles be?

    Probably not that bad. As king he can no longer make public statements about his obsessions. His only influence now on public policy will be his weekly meetings with Liz Truss; he gets to bend her ear, but she gets to bend his too. He can lecture her, but she can respectfully reply. And if she’s strong enough and familiar enough with her facts and arguments, maybe she can actually educate him on some things.

Good night, enough’s enough. This 12-day show of everybody dressing up is 11 days too long.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to fscarn. | September 19, 2022 at 11:26 am

    From what I saw of her over the years, she’d be wondering what all the fuss was about.

      I disagree. She’d understand and approve completely. In fact it’s my understanding that she planned and scripted all of this years ago, down to the last detail, including contingencies such as whether her death occurredin England, in Scotland, or while traveling elsewhere, and regularly updated the plan as things changed.

        Colonel Travis in reply to Milhouse. | September 19, 2022 at 6:32 pm

        Yes, she did have it all planned as you said. I watched a few videos about her recently, she seemed like a good, honorable woman, also funny and down to earth at times.

        But she was the freaking Queen of England. There are things you simply must do (as well as never do). I believe her husband was never allowed to walk ahead of her in public, for example.

      According to what the world has been told, The Queen was initmately involved with the planning of her state funeral, with the final authority for all decisions.

Mary, slight error. “Emporer” and Empress of Japan.

Purcell’s death march for Queen Mary was great, even made it to Clockwork Orange, but I don’t expect any good music from this queen.

Panhandle Frank | September 19, 2022 at 11:26 am

I’ve never had a bone to pick with tEh RoYaL FaMiLy one way or the other. As a red-blooded American patriot, I’ve always wondered why so many of my countrymen give a whit about the monarch, or the doings of his/her/their family members. But if the Brits wanna hang on to their non-ruling figurehead, whatevs. Not my circus, not my monkeys.

But I was rather disheartened to learn recently that, when victims of Operation Keelhaul — that war crime perpetrated by the US, Great Britain, and other Allied powers against freedom-loving eastern Europeans — petitioned Elizabeth for justice years later, she turned them down flat. Keelhaul certainly exceeds the USS Liberty incident in atrocities that continue to be perpetrated against their victims by their own governments.


    Stop it

      Panhandle Frank in reply to gonzotx. | September 19, 2022 at 3:06 pm

      “Stop it” Can you be more specific?

        Specifically: using the queen’s death to promote Operation PanHandle Frank: Keelhaul. It’s your hobbyhorse. Ax grinding is never attractive. Stop it.

        And the answer to the other question? Why Americans care “one whit” about the British Monarchy? This confuses you? It’s beyond your reckoning? As if it were a quantum physics question? Is it a wave or a particle?

        Answer: you either get it or you don’t. You’re no more a patriot by virtue signalling your anti-monarchical frontier jibberish than anyone else commenting here.

          Panhandle Frank in reply to Tiki. | September 21, 2022 at 3:25 pm

          Ahh, I get it. You never heard of Operation Keelhaul until now? Or maybe you did, you just didn’t give a ratz azz?

          So just casually dismiss it with a swipe of “iT’s YoUr HoBByHoRsE!!!” hand. Or calling it “aX gRiNdiNg.”

          Weak sauce. …

    True. But they sure know how to Parade.

    Operation Keelhaul was a terrible crime. But expecting the Queen to do anything about it, especially in public, is stupid and ignorant. You say they petitioned for “justice”; exactly what does that mean? What specifically were they asking her, and was it anything within her power to grant? I’d bet it was not.

    As for the Liberty there was no crime involved. It was an accident of the kind that happens regularly in wartime. The tape of the pilots’ conversation with their controllers was released about 20 years ago and proves beyond all possible doubt that they had no idea it was a US ship.

My ancestor left England in about 1622, so I don’t have much feeling left for the old homeland – but I kept being drawn back to the ceremonies. Nobody does pomp and circumstance like the Brits.

odd how the US has had flags at half staff from 9-8-2022 to 9-19-2022.
It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to dmacleo. | September 19, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    I get one day to show support to our longest ally, and a wonderful woman. But 11 days is a bit long for Americans to mourn a monarch.

Thank you, Mary for doing this, and especially for the added detail not on TV. This has caught my heart, partly because I think that the USA suffers from the lack of the layer of stability and continuity that the monarchy can provide and Queen Elizabeth did provide. Also, my mother’s family was from England a very long time ago with the last name of one of Henry VIII’s wives.

We as Americans admire the durability of the monarchy and then the constitutional monarchy. We remind ourselves that we in the US are a republic, if we can keep it. Britain has about eleven hundred years of history under a monarch. We eerily know that no republic survives for very long in comparison.

When that coffin is lowered, what an eerie vision

Wondering if Biden fell in a hole somewhere

    Sanddog in reply to gonzotx. | September 19, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    He was apparently late and had to wait outside while they gave preference to decorated veterans. He was then seated 14 rows back behind the President of Poland.

      Edward in reply to Sanddog. | September 20, 2022 at 9:32 am

      Exactly, he entered after those awarded the Victoria Cross (For valor in the face of the enemy) and George Cross (Military and Civilian “…for acts of the greatest heroism or for most conspicuous courage in circumstance of extreme danger not in the presence of the enemy.”

      He would have been on time if he had taken the bus provided.

      Speculation is that he was late on purpose – if he was there on time, or rode on the bus with other dignitaries, he might get into conversation with a world leader and change US policy again.

    MrPeabody in reply to gonzotx. | September 19, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    His wife holds his hand 24/7 to keep him from falling or getting lost.

Ty Mary.. You have me weeping again.. I was up early…and caught much of the funeral… When they played God Bless the Queen at Westminster, I stood up in front of the TV…. I saw the pain in King Charles’ face.. It was very real.

I can’t explain and I do not fully understand, how it has moved me… I visited London one time in my life.. and yes.. I did see HM… really and truly, part of some huge ceremony involving the horse guards.. RIP,,,

Thank you, Ma’am, for everything.

“Let the dead bury the dead.”

Libertas_7_4_1776 | September 19, 2022 at 11:29 pm

Probably the last homage to tradition and true greatness.

Now that Britain has a king, expect these state occasions to take much longer (see photo).
Unlike the Queen, the King can move only one square at a time.