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Queen Elizabeth II lowered into royal vault

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Queen Elizabeth II's coffin has been lowered into the royal vault in preparation for her later burial during a private family service.

The Queen’s casket has been lowered into the Royal Vault in St George’s Chapel, where it will lie with her beloved husband Prince Philip after her crown, orb and sceptre were removed from her coffin so she could descend into her grave 'as a simple Christian soul'.

Her Majesty returned home to Windsor to be reunited for eternity with her husband, father, mother, and sister in the crypt at St George's Chapel to the lament of a lone piper as her 70-year reign came to an end.

The psalm and the commendation are being read by the dean.

The Queen's styles and titles, or the various names by which she was known throughout her reign, are then pronounced by the Garter King of Arms.

Thus it pleased Almighty God to take the late most high, most mighty, and most excellent monarch, Elizabeth the second, by the grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, defender of the faith, and sovereign of the most noble order of the garter, out of this transitory life and into his divine mercy.

Then a lament from the North Quire Aisle is played by the Queen's piper.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, reads the blessing to start the closing of the ceremony as his first contribution to the liturgy.

Standing throughout the opening verse of God Save the King was the congregation and choir.

King Charles can be seen biting his lip and averting his eyes.

After the service, the King and his kin will head back to the chapel at 19:30 this evening for the Queen's burial.

The Duke of Edinburgh, her late husband, will be buried next to her.


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