Elizabeth of England: the crown, the scepter, the flag ... All the symbols (and their meanings) of the funeral procession

Everything is studied in detail. Because each piece, each piece of jewelery, each person has a specific role and reference. Which has its roots in a centuries-old history. To be respected and honored

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Nothing is left to chance. Around the bier of Queen Elizabeth a Westminster Hall , the building that houses the two branches of the United Kingdom Parliament in London, everything has been studied in detail, as explained by the BBC. The room is in the oldest part of the Palace, the heart of the government: it dates back to 1097. The last time it housed a royal coffin was in 2002, for the Queen Mother, Elizabeth: 200,000 people paid homage to her. Below are ten details that you may not know - Photo | video 1 | video 2 | video 3 | video 4 | video 5

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1. On each side of the platform on which the bier is hoisted, the soldiers of the units serving the Royal House watch 24 hours a day, or Royal Household .

In the image below, the symbols on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth

  Bara symbols and funeral parade ok def two. The coffin is covered with the royal flag, o Royal Standard , on which the crown of the imperial state is placed, or Imperial State Crown , A wreath of white roses and dahlias, the orb of the sovereign and the scepter. The leaves of the wreath come from the parks of the Balmoral and Windsor castles.

3. The Royal Standard represents the sovereign. The flag is divided into four parts: out of two there are three golden lions on a red field that symbolize England; above right a red lion on a golden field stands for Scotland; in the lower left a golden harp on a blue field represents Ireland. Wales has no self-depiction.

Four. The Imperial State Crown is characterized by the sapphire of St. Edward (St Edward Sapphire) on top. It is a hexagonal stone, rose cut, which is part of the Crown jewels: the oldest in the collection. It is believed that it was on the coronation ring of Edward the Confessor, who later became a saint, in 1042, 24 years before the Norman conquest of England. She was buried with the king, one of the last Anglo-Saxons, and then (it is believed) recovered when her body was transferred in 1163. It is not clear how the sapphire survived all the turmoil but it seems that it was cut out and reused on the occasion of the coronation of Charles II and then with the restoration of the monarchy (1660), after the Republican Revolution. It was Queen Victoria who put it on the crown.

5. On the Imperial State Crown wing is the Cullinan II o Second star of Africa, which with Cullinan I is always part of the treasures of the Crown and the largest rough diamond ever found comes from Cullinan (in 1905, in South Africa by Thomas Cullinan).

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6. The sovereign's globe is surmounted by a cross that symbolizes the Christian world.

7. The scepter is dominated by the aforementioned Cullinan I , the largest diamond carved from the original Cullinan. The scepter is 92 cm long and is gold. Clovers, thistles and enameled roses decorate the handle at the bottom.

In the image below, i symbols of the funeral procession of Queen Elizabeth

  Bara symbols and funeral parade ok def2 8. Leading the funeral procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Palace was a giant horse named Lord Firebrand (it is 183 cm high at the withers, which is the point between the neck and the rump). Captain Amy Cooper rode it. Captain Thomas Muir, grandson of Lady Rosemary Muir, one of Elizabeth's bridesmaids, was also part of the escort on horseback that accompanied the chariot with the coffin, on the day of her coronation, June 2, 1953.

9. The bands of the Scottish Guards and gods Grenadiers (Prince Philip of Edinburgh, husband of Elizabeth, was a colonel), who flanked the coffin. They followed on foot Charles III in full uniform with a field marshal's stick; William, Prince of Wales, in uniform from the Royal Air Force, the Air Force; and Harry, in mourning civilian clothes.

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10. In the funeral procession between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Palace, the uniforms of four corps paraded: the king's battalion of the royal horse artillery, The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery,  a ceremonial and guard unit, which, for example, supplies black horses for state funerals. Women, admitted in 1996, now make up one third of the workforce. Next to, The Life Guards , the Bodyguards, the oldest regiment in the British army. Their job is to ensure the safety of the sovereign. With them, the Blues and Royals is the name of a regiment of honor guard on horseback of the British Army, which, with the Life Guards, form the Household Cavalry. Finally, the guards of the Grenadiers paraded, whose regiment dates back to 1656.

Valeria Palumbo

Source: oggi.it