The Queen has made some adjustments to your funeral plans
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has made some adjustments to the decades-old plans for her funeral. Buckingham Palace revealed that they included her piper playing a sad song before her body was laid to rest at Windsor Castle. Also in the funeral procession in London to take part 200 people, which she awarded for her platinum jubilee of her reign in June. Among them are medics who fought on the front line with the coronavirus, and distinguished law enforcement officers. “I’m incredibly excited to be attending,” Tony Gledhill, 84, who was shot 15 times while working as a police officer, told the BBC.
The Queen’s wish will be carried out by her personal bagpiper, Major Paul Burns, who woke her up every morning with playing, including on the last day of her life at Balmoral residence. He is an officer in the Royal Scots Regiment and will be among the few to send her off last. Burns will play as Elizabeth II’s casket is lowered into the Royal Gallery at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Only members of the royal family will be present there, as
King Charles III will throw a handful of fingers
on the coffin. The royal jeweler will also be admitted, who has the duty of taking the royal crown placed on the sarcophagus and taking it to the palace treasury in London.
It has also emerged that King Charles III has allowed his younger son Harry to wear a military uniform as he takes part in the princes’ casket vigil at Westminster. Although ex-military, he had to part with his army ranks after refusing to serve the crown and emigrated to the US. His father’s decision is seen as another step to improve the palace’s relationship with Harry and his wife Meghan.
“Daily Mail” reveals that one of the Queen’s closest people had a key role in the procession with the coffin between Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament building. This is her personal aide Paul Whybrew, who has worked for her for 44 years.
Her Majesty called him the “tall Paul” and shared some of her innermost thoughts with him, which is why the rest of the palace officials called him “the keeper of secrets”. The 63-year-old has never been involved in palace intrigue and is said to have no enemies among the royals he has served since he was 19. In whatever palace Elizabeth II moved to live, he was with her. She told him
to furnish their rooms as he wants and to her send the bill
Paul Whybrew has become the longest-serving member of the royal entourage. He played a key role when an intruder broke into the Queen’s bedchamber at Buckingham Palace in 1982. Paul coolly took him into an adjoining room and treated him to whiskey until the police arrived.
During the two-minute silence in memory of the Queen on Monday, there will be no planes flying over the British capital. London’s largest airport, Heathrow, said it would suspend all take-offs and landings for 30 minutes after 11:40 a.m. local time. Other flights are expected to be delayed during the day and also on Sunday as heads of state and monarchs from around the world arrive for Elizabeth II’s funeral. However, the Chinese delegation, which will be led by a deputy prime minister, was banned from bowing before the casket in the British Parliament. The decision comes in response to Chinese sanctions against seven British MPs who accused Beijing of harassing people from the Uyghur tribe.