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Queen Elizabeth II funeral Highlights: Flags on British government buildings back at full mast as mourning period ends

Queen Elizabeth II Funeral Today Highlights: Queen Elizabeth's closest relatives were ashen-faced throughout solemn funeral rituals in London and Windsor, silently playing their parts in meticulously choreographed processions.

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British Queen Elizabeth II Funeral Day Highlights: Flags on British government buildings around the world returned to full mast on Tuesday as the period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II ended. The flags had been flown at half mast across the UK for 12 days as a mark of mourning over the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Britain’s longest-serving monarch Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest with her husband Philip and parents in an intimate ceremony in London’s Windsor on Monday. The evening interment service was not open to the media, and King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William and Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan, and other royals were able to bid a final farewell to the late monarch in private after being in the public spotlight for 10 days of national mourning.

Queen Elizabeth’s closest relatives were ashen-faced throughout solemn funeral rituals in London and Windsor, silently playing their parts in meticulously choreographed processions that nevertheless betrayed the high emotions of the day. The presence of William and Harry, walking side-by-side behind their grandmother’s coffin, was reminiscent of the day 25 years ago when, as boys, they took part in a similar procession to the funeral of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

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17:01 (IST)20 Sep 2022
Queen's funeral: Flags back at full mast as mourning period ends

Flags on British government buildings around the world returned to full mast on Tuesday as the period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II has ended.

The flags had been flown at half mast across the UK for 12 days as a mark of mourning over the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen was buried in a private ceremony in Windsor on Monday evening, following a state funeral in London and a military procession to Windsor Castle.

But the Royal Family will continue to observe another week of mourning.

Senior royals are not expected to carry out any public duties during this time, the BBC reported.

Flags at royal residences will remain at half-mast until 8 am local time on September 27 - the day after their mourning period ends.

Buckingham Palace has said royal household staff, representatives of the household on official duties and troops committed to ceremonial duties will also observe the extended mourning period.

An intensive clean-up operation is underway after hundreds of thousands of people across the UK flocked to London to watch the Queen's funeral.

Council workers wearing black ribbons and bows were deployed on Monday evening to clean up litter and remove sand on roads in the London borough of Westminster.

Buckingham Palace has said royal household staff, representatives of the household on official duties and troops committed to ceremonial duties will also observe the extended mourning period. 2,000 people, including foreign royalty and world leaders, gathered yesterday at Westminster Abbey for Her Majesty's funeral.

Meanwhile, at least 67 people were arrested in London on Monday as part of the police operation for the Queen's state funeral, police said.

More than 10,000 officers from every force in the UK were deployed in the capital for what was the biggest ever police operation in the country. (PTI)

15:36 (IST)20 Sep 2022
British monarchy's fashion mantle passes to younger generation

The death of Queen Elizabeth II marks a shift in the relationship between fashion and the British monarchy, with younger members of the royal family, notably Catherine, Princess of Wales, likely taking on a greater public role.

The late queen had a precise fashion formula - elegant coats, trim hats and square-heeled shoes shaped her familiar silhouette, as well as her handbag, which became a symbol of stability.

"The Queen was aware of how useful a tool style was to help convey her image as monarch," said Alicia Healey, who worked in the Queen's household for four years and has since written a book called "Wardrobe Wisdom from a Royal Lady's Maid: how to dress and take care of your clothes".

"I think, to a certain extent, her clothes were a uniform for her."

While the fashion choices of the new monarch, King Charles III and his wife Queen Consort Camilla, will inevitably attract attention, they are both in their seventies, meaning camera lenses will be focused more on Charles' children, William and Harry - and their wives.

That could see a shift in the royals' association with fashion from formal structures to more relatable - if restrained - styles.

With Harry and wife Meghan now based in California, William's wife Catherine, popularly known as Kate, is set to hold the public's sartorial gaze, recalling the era of William's late mother Diana when she was Princess of Wales.

"I think, really, people are interested in the younger members of the family and what they are wearing because they relate much more to us, to what we wear to parties or to work," said fashion critic and historian Suzy Menkes.


Styles worn by Kate, 40, have been known to spark buying frenzies. The polka dotted dress by Jenny Packham she wore in 2013 after the birth of eldest child Prince George subsequently sold out. It was seen as an homage to Diana, also photographed in polka dots when returning home with baby Prince William.

Kate's style is usually understated but when she dresses up it generates excitement, fashion experts say.

"Whenever the future queen wears something that is a little bit sexy and glamorous, people get very excited about it because Kate isn't really someone who dresses like that," said Menkes, who describes her style as casual but smart.

"It's interesting to see how that's going to change and whether she is going to go up a notch and look slightly more glamorous," she said.

But doing so could be at odds with King Charles' sustainability messaging.

"Charles' sustainability push calls for a little bit more conscientious fashion," said Jennifer Castro, a West Palm, Florida-based digital marketer, whose fashion blog RoyalStyleWatch has more than 67,000 Instagram followers.

"Charles is someone that has had the same camel coat for 25 years - he's very much about purchasing quality items that will last," Castro said.


Gerald Bodmer has lost count of the glossy Launer handbags Queen Elizabeth II bought from his company through her seven-decade reign, but the classic, hand-stitched accessories have been part of her wardrobe since the 1950s and 60s.

He estimates she ordered around a dozen over the past 40 years, sticking to only a handful of models, such as the top-handled Traviata, in a subtle trapezoid shape, which sells for around 2,090 pounds ($2,390).

In her last public photo, with Britain's new Prime Minister Liz Truss, she carried a pre-1980s Launer bag, while the creamy vanilla-coloured bespoke Lisa hybrid model she sported at William and Kate's wedding in 2011 sparked such a flurry of interest the company's website crashed, according to the label.

For many, the accessory will be forever linked to the Queen.

"I never noticed any handbags except those worn by Her Majesty," said Menkes. "Other people, of course, must have handbags, but they haven't quite entered my soul."

The Queen set a high bar when it came to striking the right tone, said Elizabeth Holmes, author of 'HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style'.

"It's incredibly savvy of her to have recognised the power of clothes and harness that to promote sort of the monarchy and support her royal duties," Holmes said.

"There was never a moment where the Queen missed the mark - where she was dressed inappropriately, where her wardrobe failed in some way. And for 70 years to be that consistent? I think we take it for granted." (Reuters)

15:05 (IST)20 Sep 2022
More than 250,000 people saw Queen's lying in state: Report

An estimated over 250,000 people saw British Queen Elizabeth II lying in state in London when her coffin was displayed for public viewing for a little over four days before the funeral, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Queen died aged 96 at her Balmoral estate in Scotland on September 8.

People queued 24 hours a day from late Wednesday until 6.30 am on Monday, the day of the Queen's funeral, to see her coffin in Westminster Hall.

The line stretched from parliament along the south bank of the Thames and past Tower Bridge to Southwark Park.

Culture secretary Michelle Donelan told Sky News that more than a quarter of a million "went through parliament" but that it was an approximate figure and the government is still "crunching the final numbers".

The mayor of London's office said an estimated 80,000 were in Hyde Park, 75,000 in ceremonial viewing areas and 60,000 on South Carriage Drive.

Overall numbers were much higher as crowds formed on virtually the entire route to Windsor, where Thames Valley Police said 100,000 turned out, the report said.

The last member of the public to see the monarch said she went through the queue twice on the same night.

Footballer David Beckham was among those to pay their respects and others spoke of making new friends with people around them in the line.

On two occasions, the Queen's children and grandchildren held vigils around the coffin as the public continued to file past.

The Queen was buried beside Prince Philip on Monday evening in a final private ceremony in St George's Chapel.

It concluded a historic and spectacular day of events that included the state funeral, a final procession through London, and thousands lining the Long Walk as the Queen's cortege arrived at Windsor Castle. (PTI)

14:23 (IST)20 Sep 2022
Watch: Silence falls over Heathrow airport as people remember Queen Elizabeth II

London’s Heathrow airport is one of the busiest in the world, but on Monday operations at the bustling area paused as passengers and staff observed a two-minute silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

In a tweet, the Heathrow airport wrote, “If you’re at #Heathrow today, we will be broadcasting Her Majesty’s funeral and we invite you to join us in observing a two-minute silence at the end of the service. During this time there will be a short pause in all operations.” (Read more)

13:55 (IST)20 Sep 2022
In photos: Royal family grieves at Queen Elizabeth's funeral

Britain and the world mourned Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, with a state funeral drawing leaders and royalty from around the globe. But the royal family's grief also was on display. Check out the full gallery here. 

King Charles III salutes as he leaves Westminster Abbey following the state funeral service of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey. (AP)

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watches in tears as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed into the hearse following the state funeral service. (AP)

Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales (C) attends with Kate, Princess of Wales (R) and Sophie, Countess of Wessex the State Funeral Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, at Westminster Abbey. (Reuters)

13:24 (IST)20 Sep 2022
Why King Charles sat behind an empty seat during Queen Elizabeth II’s committal service

Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral concluded last evening at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of 200 attendees, followed by her committal service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England. At the sombre event, an emotional King Charles III watched the proceedings from a seat in the second row beside his wife Queen Consort Camilla.

King Charles III during Queen's committal service (Source: Reuters)

As billions across the world saw the funeral, people were quick to notice an empty seat in front of King Charles. Reportedly, the seat in the front is left empty due to a royal protocol so that the monarch can have a clear view of the proceedings if he/she is not sitting in the first row. “The seat in front of the Queen is always left empty,” Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams had previously told The Independent(Read more)

12:36 (IST)20 Sep 2022
Princess Charlotte’s brooch was a sweet tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s love for horses; check it out

Ever since the passing away of Queen Elizabeth II, who will be laid to rest today in a state funeral, Princess Charlotte and her brother Prince George — the future king — were seen in public for the first time.

What caught people’s attention was that as she said her final goodbye, Charlotte also paid a tribute to the late monarch in her own sweet way. The seven-year-old was dressed in an all-black look featuring a long coat and a round hat, which made her look like a mini version of her own mother.

The other grown-up gesture that she demonstrated for the queen — and a suitable one at that given the emotional occasion — was that Charlotte appeared to wear a small diamond brooch that was shaped like a horseshoe. It was her way to honour and remember her great-grandmother. (Read more)

11:43 (IST)20 Sep 2022
Prince Harry accused of being ‘disrespectful’ to the crown

The 12-day mourning period for late Queen Elizabeth II came to an end Monday with her state funeral that was attended by thousands of mourners at the Westminster Abbey in London.

During the ceremony, Prince Harry, who was accompanied by his wife Meghan Markle, got in hot waters after a clip of him purportedly not singing to the royal anthem “God Save the King” (which was “God Save the Queen” during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign) went viral. (Read more)

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11:22 (IST)20 Sep 2022
From Kate to Meghan: How the Royal family paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with their jewellery, outfits at her state funeral

The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was held last evening at London’s Westminster Abbey, in the presence of royal family members and around 200 invited guests. For the event, women of the royal family wore quiet tributes to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and honoured her with their outfits and jewellery. Symbolic dresses, brooches, necklaces and earrings dominated the event as the family bid their final goodbye to the Queen.

Britain's Queen Camilla, Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, stand outside Westminster Abbey on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain (Source: Reuters)

Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, who often gives a nod to the Queen with her attire, was seen in a black Alexander McQueen coat dress which was paired with black pumps and a black hat, with a veil. Her outfit gave us a major Deja vu as she was earlier seen wearing a white version of the same dress during the Trooping the Colour parade in June, where she appeared alongside the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony. (Read more)

10:35 (IST)20 Sep 2022
French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife criticised for ‘casual’ attire ahead of Queen’s funeral

French President Emmanuel Macron, who visited London to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, faced criticism for his choice of attire, as per reports in local media.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron walk the day before Queen Elizabeth's funeral in Westminster Abbey, London, Britain, Sept. 18, 2022. (Reuters)

Macron, along with his wife Brigitte, visited Westminster Hall on Sunday, a day ahead of the British monarch’s funeral. During the visit, the 44-year-old ditched his usual formal suit and black leather shoes for a casual blue blazer, a pair of sunglasses and navy blue trainers. Brigitte, too, was dressed in a similar manner. 

The decision to opt for what a French talk show referred to as “streetwear” stirred debate on social media and triggered misinformation that the president had disrespected the formal dress code for the funeral. The choice of trainers — reportedly from French luxury J.M. Weston costing 570 euros — also raised eyebrows. (Read more)

10:26 (IST)20 Sep 2022
The reason Queen Elizabeth II’s initials were removed from Prince Harry’s military uniform

Ever since Prince Harry landed in the UK recently, there have been lots of speculations about where he stands vis-à-vis his relationship with other members of the royal family.

With Harry’s father King Charles III acceding to the throne, there have been many changes within the family, including Harry’s elder brother William and his wife Kate’s promotion to the posts of Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Duke of Sussex’s recent oscillation between whether or not he can wear his military uniform, participate in events where dignitaries and world leaders — who have arrived to pay their tribute to the queen — are in attendance, etc.

During the recent vigil for the queen — as her coffin lay in state in Westminster Hall — which was kept by her eight grandchildren, during which Harry was allowed to wear his military uniform at the “king’s request”. It was the first time that he wore the uniform after stepping away from royal duties in 2020.

The Duke of Sussex, however, was purportedly left ‘heartbroken’ after he found that Queen Elizabeth II’s ‘ER’ initials — for ‘Elizabeth Regina’ — were removed from the shoulder of his uniform. The initials, however, appeared the Prince of Wales’ uniform. It was even seen on the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, even though he no longer is a working royal himself. (Read more) 

10:05 (IST)20 Sep 2022
King Charles III’s handwritten note on Queen’s coffin adds personal touch to her funeral

“In loving and devoted memory, Charles R.”

This handwritten card from King Charles III placed among the colourful flowers lying over rich green foliage gave a personal touch to British Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin during the late monarch’s final journey on Monday.

The gold, pink and deep burgundy colour flowers and plants, taken from the gardens of royal properties, were chosen for their symbolism, the BBC reported. (Read more)

09:30 (IST)20 Sep 2022
‘May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest’

The Royal Family Twitter account paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth, sharing a previously unseen photo of the Queen walking through a hillside, presumably in Scotland. 

09:00 (IST)20 Sep 2022
The touching story behind the hymn played at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, concluded on Monday with United Kingdom’s national anthem and the piper’s lament. Led by the Dean of Westminster, Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE, the service at Westminster Abbey paid tribute to the Queen’s “remarkable reign and lifetime service”, Buckingham Palace noted.

The service, which was attended by 2,000 guests and was watched by billions across the world, included three hymns which were sung at various times during the funeral. These hymns are – The day Thou gavest, Lord, is endedThe Lord’s my ShepherdLove Divine, All Loves Excelling.

The second hymn – The Lord’s my Shepherd – held a special place in the late monarch’s life and was one of her favourites. In 2016, it was featured in a list of her 10 favourite pieces of music. In addition to it, did you know that this hymn was also a poignant nod to Queen’s husband Prince Philip(Read more)

08:01 (IST)20 Sep 2022
President Murmu attends Queen's state funeral

President Droupadi Murmu on Monday joined around 500 world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, and royals from across the world at Westminster Abbey for a sombre ceremony to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.

President Murmu and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra formed the official Indian delegation at the state funeral of the British monarch at Westminster Abbey.

They arrived at the Abbey in a procession alongside other Commonwealth heads of state and government. (PTI)

07:23 (IST)20 Sep 2022
Why ritual pomp fascinates Indians

I have avidly watched for long hours the television coverage of events in the United Kingdom immediately after the demise of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, staying up late at night. I have asked myself what was my compulsion in doing so, as I am not a royalist even remotely. Nor do I have any personal interest in the British royalty. I had smugly laughed at my Sri Lankan friends who were lapping up the coverage of the Prince Charles-Diana Spencer wedding in 1981 when I was in that island nation. I have not had the slightest interest in watching the award-winning television serial based on the late Queen’s life.

I now realise what kept me glued to the tube was my fascination with the pomp and circumstance of the rituals of the Queen’s passing and her succession. Starting from the immediate announcement of her death and continuing all the way to her state, sorry, Royal funeral on September 18, everything was and will be ritualistically choreographed. Even those who do not play any formal role in the proceedings will all follow their own rituals. (Read more)

22:12 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Queen's coffin lowered into royal vault at St George's Chapel

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin has been lowered into the royal vault at St George's Chapel, in Windsor Castle, at the conclusion of her committal service. The Lord Chamberlain, the most senior official in the British royal household, broke a rod known as the “wand of office” as the royal family and hundreds of mourners bid a final farewell to the late monarch.

Andrew Parker, who is the former head of Britain's domestic secret service MI5, broke the white rod and placed it on the queen's coffin. The ritual symbolises the end of his service to the monarch.

Earlier David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, paid tribute to the queen, telling 800 mourners gathered at the chapel about the queen as “someone whose uncomplicated yet profound Christian faith bore so much fruit.” He said: “In the midst of our rapidly changing and frequently troubled world, her calm and dignified presence has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and with hope.” (AP) 

20:49 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Service begins at Windsor Castle before Queen Elizabeth's burial

A service for Queen Elizabeth II begans at Windsor Castle hours before she's interred next to late husband Prince Philip. Queen's coffin is lowered into the royal vault at the St George’s Chapel.

King Charles III places the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin at the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II, held at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Monday Sept. 19, 2022. (Jonathan Brady/Pool Photo via AP)
20:37 (IST)19 Sep 2022
State hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives at Windsor Castle

A procession carrying Queen Elizabeth II's coffin has entered St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle for the late monarch's committal service. Eight hundred guests are attending the service, including prime ministers from Commonwealth countries and many staff who worked with the queen or on her royal estates.

Most of those attending the chapel service did not attend the state funeral held at Westminster Abbey in London earlier Monday.

During the service, the Imperial State Crown and the sovereign's orb and sceptre are removed from the top of the queen's coffin and placed on an altar, separating the queen from her crown for the last time. (AP)

20:21 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Great honor to be present at farewell of Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of all Ukrainians: Olena Zelenska

The first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska on Monday said that it was a great honour to be present at the Queen’s funeral “on behalf of all Ukrainians”.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch died on September 8, 2022, after 70 years on the throne. (AP)

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, Vice President of China Wang Qishan, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, Australian PM Anthony Albanese, and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol are expected to attend the funeral.

Britain has invited heads of state or a representative at an ambassadorial level from any country with which it has full diplomatic relations. Countries that have not been invited include Syria and Venezuela because London does not currently have normal diplomatic relations with those states. Britain has also not invited representatives from Russia, Belarus or Myanmar after it imposed economic sanctions on those countries.

Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son, paid tribute to his mother on Sunday, saying he would treasure forever her love, compassion, care and confidence. Addressing his statement to "Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty", reflecting the three roles he said Elizabeth had fulfilled during her 70-year reign, Andrew, the Duke of York, said he would miss her "insights, advice and humour". "Mummy, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your confidence I will treasure forever," he said.

2,000 dignitaries and guests are expected to arrive at Westminster Abbey for the state funeral, ranging from King Charles III and other royals to world leaders including U.S. President Joe Biden to members of the British public who helped battle the COVID-19 pandemic. 5,949 military personnel have been deployed throughout the meticulously choreographed operation that began with the queen's death. That number comprises 4,416 from the army, 847 from the navy and 686 from the air force. In addition, around 175 armed forces personnel from Commonwealth nations have been involved.

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First published on: 19-09-2022 at 07:16 IST
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