World Says Goodbye to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth
Author: Nevada Globe Staff
The second Elizabethan age ended Monday.
After a state funeral at Westminster Abbey, where the royal family and international leaders paid their respects, Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is on its final journey to Windsor Castle.
Tens of thousands lined the Mall to see the funeral procession, and billions were expected to watch on TV.
The monarch’s 70-year reign began after World War II, through the Cold War, the space race, and the internet, and established the dominance of King Charles III.
From the funeral service to Hyde Park’s Wellington Arch, the coffin was transported on a Royal Navy gun carriage. It was then placed in a state hearse for the trip to Windsor Palace, where another service and private burial would be held.
Elizabeth will be buried alongside Prince Philip, whose body has been in the chapel’s royal vault since last year.
It will be a private finish to 10 days of public grief that began Sept. 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Before Elizabeth’s state funeral, Westminster Abbey’s tenor bell rang 96 times, once for each of her years.
Charles, her eldest son, is finally taking over the country at age 73.
The next hour included tributes to Elizabeth and hymns, followed by two minutes of quiet.
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