World Bids Final Farewell To Queen Elizabeth II

The world bid a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II after she was laid to rest Monday, bringing to an end 10 days of mourning across Britain and the Commonwealth nations.

Her Majesty died Sept. 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96.

The former Prince of Wales now takes the throne as King Charles III.

About 2,000 people, including the Royal Family and world leaders like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, flocked to Westminster Abbey to attend the Queen’s funeral.

“Her late majesty famously declared on a 21st birthday broadcast that her whole life would be dedicated to serving the nation and Commonwealth,” said Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

“Rarely has such a promise been so well kept. Few leaders receive the outpouring of love that we have seen.”

Thousands of mourners also packed the streets of London as the Queen’s lead-lined coffin made its final journey from Westminster to Windsor Castle for a committal service at St. George’s Chapel.

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police led the procession.

During the service, the Queen’s Bargemaster and a Serjeant of Arms removed the Imperial State Crown, orb and sceptre from the coffin — separating Her Majesty from the crown for the final time.

The Lord Chamberlain broke his Wand of Office to symbolize the end of his service to the Queen and placed it on the coffin before being lowered into the royal vault for a private burial service.

Ceremonies also took place on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, including memorial services at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa, Ont. and Fredericton, N.B.

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney said in Ottawa that the Queen felt “a deep love” for Canada and routinely referred to the country as “home.”

“[To] the overwhelming majority of Canadians, the role of the monarchy and in particular the irreplaceable role played by Her Majesty for 70 years was absolutely indispensable,” he said.

“Farewell to a Queen greatly loved, for her grace, humanity and sympathy,” said Brenda Murphy, New Brunswick’s lieutenant-governor, told those gathered in Fredericton.

“For her courage in adversity, for the happiness she brought, for her steadfast pilgrimage of faith, for the example of service and for the duty she rendered to this country, the Commonwealth and the world.”

The Queen will move to King George VI Memorial Chapel to lay with her father, King George VI; the Queen Mother, Elizabeth; sister Princess Margaret and her husband, Prince Philip.