Revealed: Queen’s crown tied to her coffin after her grandfather’s jeweled Maltese cross fell into the gutter during his funeral procession
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It has been revealed that Her Majesty’s imperial crown, orb and scepter balanced on the Queen’s coffin were screwed to prevent previous historical mishaps.
Back in 1936, George V’s bejeweled Maltese Cross – which contained some of the largest jewels in the crown – fell into the gutter as it was placed on a coffin in his royal funeral procession.
It was said to be an ominous sign, especially after his son Edward VIII abdicated, sparking a constitutional crisis soon after and was replaced by Queen Elizabeth II’s father, King George VI.
So, in light of this horrific moment, The Times said it had been fastened to the Queen’s coffin, along with all the other jewellery accessories, during the Queen’s reclining and during her funeral, in order not to let the unfortunate event repeat itself.
Marking the Queen’s separation from her public service after her death, the items were later removed by crown jewellers at St George’s Chapel as she entered the royal crypt as a “simple Christian soul” rather than a monarch.
After the imperial crown was removed from the queen’s coffin, it was placed on the high altar. It was placed there by Rt Revd David Conner, Dean of Windsor College.
King Charles III and members of the royal family follow Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, which is draped with the royal flag with the imperial crown and the monarch’s orb and scepter, transported from Westminster Abbey after her state funeral out
The Imperial Crown was removed from Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin during a funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle
Before the final hymn, the Crown Jeweler removed the Imperial Crown, Orb, and Scepter from the coffin and handed it to the Abbot, along with the Captain and Sergeant, who placed them on the altar.
Moving the crown from the coffin to the altar is a poignant affair, as in 1953 it was removed from the altar of Westminster Abbey and put on the Queen’s head, marking 70 years of her reign. start.
At the end of the last hymn, the king placed the colors of the Queen’s Company of the Grenadier Guard on the coffin.
Meanwhile, Lord Chamberlain “breaks” his office wand and places it on the coffin – meaning the Queen is separated from her public office after her death.
This is to create symmetry with the three national instruments that have been removed.
Windsor Dean David Connor places Imperial Crown, Orb and Scepter on High Altar at Queen Elizabeth’s Commissioning Ceremony
The coffin rested on a coffin draped in purple velvet and slowly descended into the royal vault, where the Dean of Windsor said, “Go on your journey out of this world, Christian souls.”
From the doorway between the chapel and the abbot’s cloister, the monarch piper played a lament “Homage to the Royal Fenders”, during which he walked slowly to the abbot in the cloister, causing the music in the chapel to fade away.
During the service, the king will take the seat that the queen occupied when she came to the church, closest to the altar.