Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey drew the eyes of the world on Monday (Sept. 19). As many as 2 million people were expected to line the streets during the queen’s funeral procession, according to media reports.
The funeral concluded a little after noon local time. The queen’s coffin was then taken to St. George’s Chapel to be buried within the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The queen, who reigned for 70 years, died Sept. 8 at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Faith, service to others
The queen was remembered during the service for her faith in Christ, her love for her family and commitment to serving others.
During one of the songs prepared specifically for the funeral service, the choir sang the words, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?,” taken from Romans 8:35. In addition, the choir also sang the hymn “The Lord’s My Shepherd.”
“With admiration we recall her life-long sense of duty and dedication to her people. With thanksgiving we praise God for her constant example of Christian faith and devotion,” said David Hoyle, dean of Westminster, who led the funeral service.
“With affection we recall her love for her family and her commitment to the causes she held dear.”
He added, “Now, in silence, let us in our hearts and minds recall our many reasons for thanksgiving, pray for all members of her family, and commend Queen Elizabeth to the care and keeping of almighty God.”