Queen’s state funeral to be UK’s first since 1965

Former PM Winston Churchill was the last head of state to be accorded with this honour

London: The Queen’s state funeral will be UK’s first in more than half a century, with former Prime Minister Winston Churchill being the last head of state to be accorded with this honour in 1965.
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after reigning for 70 years. She was 96.
Unlike Prince Philip, who had a royal ceremonial funeral, the Queen will have a state funeral, which is usually reserved for the sovereign.
A state funeral typically begins with the body of the deceased being carried on a gun carriage, which is drawn by sailors from the Royal Navy, as part of a military procession, according to The Independent newspaper.
The body is taken from a private resting chapel to Westminster Hall in the House of Parliament, it said.
This is followed by another procession to the Westminster Abbey or St Paul’s Cathedral, depending on where the service is, the report said.
Heads of state are then given a 21-gun salute.
The only monarch not to be given a state funeral in the last 295 years was Edward VIII, who abdicated.
The last state funeral in the UK was Churchill’s in 1965 and the last state funeral for a sovereign was for the Queen’s father, George VI, in 1952.


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