The Queen’s committal service details before she’s laid to rest at St George’s Chapel

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place on 19 Septemberin what is expected to be a moving ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Following the State Funeral,the Queen’s coffin will be taken to Windsor Castle in a new state hearse for the committal service at St George’s Chapel.

At 3:43pm the bearer party will lift the coffin from the state hearse, where the committal service will commence at 4pm.

The service will be led by the Dean of Windsor, who will give the bidding, while prayers will be said by the rector of Sandringham, the minister of Crathie Kirk and the chaplain of the Royal Chapel at Windsor Great Park.

Some of the music in the committal service was composed by Sir William Henry Harris, who is believed to have taught a young Princess Elizabeth to play the piano.

The service will be sung by the choir of St George’s Chapel, under the direction of James Vivian.

As the Queen’s coffin is brought through the chapel, Psalm 21 set to music by Sir Henry Walford Davies, another former organist at St George’s.

The choir will then sing “The Russian Contakion of the Departed”, which was also sung for the funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh in 2021. It is as follows:

"Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy Saints:

where sorrow and pain are no more; neither sighing but life everlasting.

Thou only art immortal, the Creator and Maker of man:

And we are mortal, formed of the earth, and unto earth shall we return:

For so thou didst ordain, when thou createdst me, saying,

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

All we go down to the dust; and, weeping o’er the grave we make our song:

Alleluya, alleluya, alleluya.

Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy Saints:

Where sorrow and pain are no more; neither sighing but life everlasting."

During the service, the Dean will read Revelation 21, verses 1-7, which was read at the funerals of The Queen’s grandparents, King George V in 1936 and Queen Mary in 1953, as well as at Her Majesty’s father’s funeral in 1952.

It will be as follows: "I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."

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This is followed by silence as the crown jeweller removes the orb, sceptre and crown from Her Majesty’s coffin which will then be placed upon the altar by the Dean of Windsor.

King Charleswill then place the Queen’s company camp colour on Her Majesty’s coffin.

This is followed by the Lord Chamberlain, who is the head of the Queen’s household, breaking his wand of office, and placing it upon the coffin.

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Her Majesty’s coffin will descend into the Royal Vault as the Dean reads Psalm 103, ending with the traditional words: “Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul”.

A lament will then be played by the sovereign’s piper as they slowly leave the chapel and at the close of the committal service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing and the congregation will sing the national anthem.

The Queenwill be then buried with theDuke of Edinburghin King George VI’s chapel in Windsor Castle in aprivate service at 7.30pm on Monday.


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