Crown to be removed and white staff broken at Queen’s committal service

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The Queen’s Committed Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, will showcase the traditions symbolizing the end of Elizabeth II’s reign.

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A congregation of 800 people, including past and present mourners from the king, the royal family, the region’s prime ministers, the governor-general and the Queen’s household, including personal staff from their private estates, will gather at the Gothic church on Monday.

The service will take place at 4 p.m., just hours after the state funeral at Westminster Abbey.


The Queen’s coffin would be carried from London to Windsor, and made its way up the Long Walk, which would be lined with members of the armed forces.

The King and other royals would join a procession on foot behind a chariot in the palace quadrangle, followed by the Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex and the Countess of Wessex by car.

During the service, which will be conducted by Dean of Windsor David Conner, the Imperial State Crown, the orb and scepter will be lifted from the Queen’s coffin by the Crown Jeweler for the final time separating it from the Queen’s crown.

With the help of the bargemaster and sergeant-at-arms, the priceless Crown Jewels will be given to the Dean who will place them on the high altar.

At the end of the final psalm, the king will step forward and place the Grenadier Guards Queen’s Company Camp Colour – a shortened version of the regiment’s Royal Standard – on the coffin.

The Grenadier Guards are the senior most in the Foot Guards regiment and Maharani was their Colonel-in-Chief.

The only royal standard of regiment is presented during the reign of a monarch, and it served as the color of the Queen’s company throughout her lifetime.

At the same time, former MI5 spy chief Baron Parker – the Lord Chamberlain and the most senior official of the late Queen’s royal household – will “break” his office wand and place it on the coffin.

The ceremonial sacking of the white staff marks the end of her service as sovereign to the Queen.

As the coffin is lowered into the royal vault, the Dean of Windsor will say a hymn and be praised by the Garter King of Arms before pronouncing the Queen’s many styles and titles.

The Sovereign’s Piper will play a lament from the doorway between the Chapel and the Dean’s Cloister and slowly move away so that the music gradually fades.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing, and God Save the King will be sung.

The King and members of the Royal Family will leave the Galilee Porch, but will return in the evening for a private burial service, when the Queen will be interred with her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh at St George VI Memorial Chapel. Why George?

A committed service is perhaps the most important moment of the funeral service of the Church of England, and it usually takes place at the grave, in a crematorium chapel, or in a church prior to burial or cremation.

Most of those who attended St George’s Chapel would not have been to the funeral service at Westminster Abbey.

Many domestic and personal estate workers spent years working for and supporting the late monarch, with the Commitment Service as a chance to pay their last respects.

Prayers will be offered by the Rector of Sandringham, Minister Crethy Kirk, and the Pastor of Windsor Great Park and the Dean of Windsor.

The state chariot will approach the palace via the Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road in Windsor, which includes the Long Walk, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, the Quadrangle (south and west sides), Engine Court, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill, The parade will pass through. Ground and Horseshoe Cloister Arch.

Leading the procession and leading the coffin would be a detachment of the Household Cavalry Regiment, followed by a cavalry division of the Sovereign Escort, a mass of Scottish and Irish regiments consisting of pipes and drums, Coldstream Guards and bands of the Household. Cavalry, Officers of the Household Division, Followers of the King, Herald and Arms, and Members of the Queen’s Personal Staff.

At the center of the procession, the state chariot will be accompanied by pall bearers and an escort party consisting of two officers and a file of 24 ranks and 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

The Queen’s Company Colour, the Royal Standard of the Regiment of the Grenadier Guards and the Sovereign Standard of the Household Cavalry, would be located at the fore and aft of the chariot.

At the back of the coffin will be members of the houses of the Queens, Kings and Prince of Wales, followed by the Household Cavalry and mounted and dismounted units.

Minute guns will be fired from a position on the East Lawn by The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery as the coffin moves in procession from Shaw Farm Gate to St George’s West Steps.

Both the Sebastopol Bell – annexed to Crimea in 1856 – and the Curfew Tower Bell would be tolled concurrently in the palace.


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