Incredible story behind the choir of Westminster Abbey singing at Queen's funeral

Ashley Bautista September 19, 2022
Incredible story behind the choir of Westminster Abbey singing at Queen's funeral
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From coronations, to weddings and funerals, special moments of a British monarch have taken place at Westminster Abbey. The late Queen will receive a heartbreaking but moving farewell at the place where her life-long duty began. Mourners across the world will say goodbye to Her Majesty as Westminster Abbey’s choir mark the somber occasion.

Today will mark another historic day for the Abbey – Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral (Monday, September 19).

Her Majesty (then known as Princess Elizabeth) married Prince Philip of Greece on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. Six years later, she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II in the same place on June 2, 1953.

Throughout her 70-year reign, the Queen visited Westminster Abbey on the second Monday in March, while attending the annual Commonwealth service each year. Now, the choir of Westminster Abbey will sing for Her Majesty for the last time.

The nation’s heart was broken by the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch passed away on September 8, 2022. As the devastating announcement travelled across the globe, mourners paid their respects to the monarch.

Throughout the past 10 days, the world has mourned the longest-serving monarch in Britain’s history.

A historic day for the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Founded in the 14th century at St James’ Palace, The Choir of Westminster Abbey has become an essential group for the British sovereigns. As coronations, weddings, and funerals have taken occurred in Westminster Abbey, today will mark a historic role for the group.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey will be performing at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The choir, which is made up of 30 boys, will be joined by The Choir of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal. The group previously sang alongside Abbey’s singer when Her Majesty’s coffin was brought to lie in state for four days at Westminster Hall. Furthermore, the choir also celebrated the late Queen’s diamond jubilee by singing at the service.

The group, whose primary purpose is to sing daily services, also play a role in state and national occasions. They previously played at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding (Prince William and Kate Middleton), now the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The impressive group was invited to sing with the Sistine Chapel Choir in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI, an unexpected collaboration. Another visit was extended to the talented group of singers by Pope Francis in 2017.

The choir at Westminster Abbey also performed at the BBC Proms. They also appear at the London Festival of Baroque Music annually. The Abbey Choir have a recording partnership with Hyperion label. The critically-acclaimed group have an extensive collection of music and programs spanning hundreds of years.

The Queen’s funeral will be televised for almost three hours

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Incredible queues have been seen lining the streets of London over the past couple of days. Members of the public, including some celebrities, have queued up to pay their respects to the Queen lying-in-sate at Westminster Hall.

After spending four days at Westminster Hall, the Queen’s coffin will be making its way to its final destination at Westminster Abbey. It’s said a total of 2,000 guests will be attending the service.

The funeral ceremony will last for an hour. However, the event itself, including the processions before and after, will take a total time of nearly three hours.

What happens to the Queen after her funeral?

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After her funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be moved from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch near Hyde Park Corner.

King Charles will then be accompanied by members of the Royal Family. They will walk behind the coffin to Wellington Arch.

Later in the afternoon, the Her Majesty’s coffin will travel from London to Windsor. It will have its final procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle held by the Dean of Windsor.

Following its Committal Service, there will be a private funeral. Family members will say their last goodbyes. The Queen will then join the late Prince Philip in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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Ashley is a journalism graduate from Kingston University, currently writing for HITC, Reality Titbit and The Focus. She loves to travel and learn new languages and cultures. She also has an interest in celebrity news and the entertainment world. When she’s not writing, she’s on social media, watching K-dramas or shopping.