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Queen Elizabeth’s Committal To Take Place In Windsor

Queen Elizabeth’s committal service will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and will be the scene of some of the most symbolic moments of the day’s ceremonies.

The late Queen agreed to most elements of the service. Several of the organ pieces to be played in the chapel were arranged by William Henry Harris, organist at the Chapel Royal between 1933 and 1961, who inspired the young Princess Elizabeth’s interest in music.

Harris also wrote the motet “Bring Us, O Lord God” that will be sung as part of the service.

The late monarch’s preferences will be reflected in the participation of the chaplains from three of her favourite residences in the service. The rector of Sandringham, the late Queen’s residence in Norfolk, the minister of Crathie Kirk, the church near her Balmoral estate, and the Chaplain of the Royal Chapel in Windsor Great Park will lead prayers during the ceremony.

However, the ceremonial heart of the service will come in the middle when the Queen’s Bargemaster and a Serjeant at Arms will remove the instruments of state — the crown, orb and sceptre used in the coronation — from the top of the coffin.

That moment represents the completion of a circle started when George VI died, the instruments were removed from his coffin and subsequently presented to the late Queen at her coronation in 1953.

After another hymn, the Regimental Lieutenant Colonel of the Grenadier Guards will place one of the regiment’s colours on the Queen’s coffin, after which the Lord Chamberlain, an official appointed by the sovereign, will break his wand of office and place it on the coffin.

The dean will read Psalm 103 while the coffin is lowered into the royal vault.

A private burial service attended by the immediate royal family will follow in the evening.

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