the queen’s coffin had been ready for more than 30 years

the queen’s coffin had been ready for more than 30 years

the queen’s coffin had been ready for more than 30 years

The crown of Scotland atop Queen Elizabeth II's coffin inside St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on 12 September 2022.
JANE BARLOW / AFP The crown of Scotland atop Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin inside St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on 12 September 2022.

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The crown of Scotland atop Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin inside St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on 12 September 2022.

UK The remains of Queen Elizabeth II entered St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday 12 September, where Scots can come to pay their last respects to their sovereign until Tuesday evening before his departure for London. Under the royal banner hides a coffin wrapped in secrets and traditions.

And if the question of Elizabeth II’s funeral is currently turning into a logistical and diplomatic headache across the Channel, as far as the royal coffin is concerned, the matter had been widely anticipated by the crown.

English oak and lead cladding

The London funeral home company Leverton and Sons, in charge of the funeral, explained it to the British newspaper four years ago. Times unaware of when and by whom the coffins were made, which she inherited in 1991 when she started working with Buckhimgham Palace.

But among the rare news known about that of the queen, we know that it was made more than 30 years ago, in English oak lined with lead, as explained on Monday Times. A coffin also identical to that of the queen’s husband, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021.

A hermetic lead coating whose purpose would be to slow down the decomposition of the body by preventing any intrusion of humidity inside the box. A tradition that seems to continue within the royal family. In fact, several members of the British royal family have already been buried this way: Elizabeth I and Charles II, or even Lady Diana, according to the Westminster Abbey archives cited by the media. Dental floss. A peculiarity of the royal coffin, the presence of lead makes it extremely heavy for its eight bearers.

No face visible

The brass handles are specially designed for royal coffins, as is the lid, which must be able to support the insignia of the monarchy. “It’s not something you can do in a day”he had hired the funeral home.

After being exhibited in Edinburgh, the coffin will be transported to London on Tuesday evening. The next day he will be placed on a purple-draped bier at the Palace of Westminster and guarded by guards.

The royal banner, emblem of the monarchy that traditionally floated above Buckingham, Sandrigham or Windsor when the queen was there, will cover the coffin. There will also be placed two royal insignia, the scepter and the globe, a globe surmounted by a cross that symbolizes the Christian world.

Unfortunately, the public will not be able to see the face of the Queen, whose coffin will lie closed and entirely covered by the royal banner and insignia.

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