LONDON — Shortly before 4 p.m., Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will arrive at Windsor, the turreted castle where she spent most of her final days, quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic. In April 2021, she buried Philip, her husband of 73 years, in an austere funeral at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor that was memorable for poignant images of the queen, isolated and masked, as she sat alone in a choir stall.
But this funeral will see full pomp and pageantry as the hearse rolls up the tree-lined vista known as the Long Walk. Once inside the chapel, there will be yet another service. At its end, the imperial state crown, the orb and the scepter — gleaming symbols of the monarchy — will be taken from the queen’s coffin, where they have sat since last Wednesday, and placed on the altar.
With that bit of imperial business completed, the coffin will be lowered into the royal vault, and the television cameras switched off. Her interment, next to Philip, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, is a private ceremony for her family.