Committal at St George’s Chapel: full order of service in Windsor Castle today - when will Queen be buried?
The Queen’s committal service in St George’s Chapel will feature traditions symbolising the end of Elizabeth II’s reign
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The service, which begins at 4pm, will mark the end of public ceremonial arrangements and will feature traditions symbolising the end of Elizabeth II’s reign.
The hearse will process along Albert Road, Long Walk, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, Quadrangle (south and west sides), Engine Court, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill and the Parade Ground.
The procession, which will have been joined by the King and other family members on the north side of the quadrangle as it passes into Engine Court, will arrive at the West Steps of the chapel in Horseshoe Cloister at 3.53pm.
The bearer party will lift the coffin from the hearse and it will be carried in procession up the steps into St George’s Chapel before the committal service. The King and members of the royal family will depart from the Galilee Porch for Windsor Castle once the service concludes.
Here’s what you need to know about the committal service this afternoon.
What happens before the service?
At 1pm, members of the Congregation are admitted to the Chapel by way of the South Door and are directed to their seats by the Stewards and the Ushers.
At 3.10pm all stand as the Canons of Windsor, accompanied by The Archbishop of Canterbury and The Archbishop of York, move to the West Steps of the Chapel by way of the North Quire Gate and Centre Aisle. All then sit.
At 3.15pm all stand as the Clerk of the Closet and Head of Her Majesty’s College of Chaplains, Dean of the Chapels Royal, Sub-Dean of the Chapels Royal, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, Chaplain of the King’s Chapel of the Savoy, Rector of Sandringham, Chaplain of the Chapel Royal Hampton Court Palace, Chaplain of the Chapels Royal HM Tower of London, Minister of Crathie Kirk, the Lord High Almoner and the Military Knights of Windsor move in Procession by way of the North Nave Aisle and the Centre Aisle to their seats in the Quire and Nave. All then sit.
At 3.15pm His Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms and The King’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard will take up their positions in the Nave.
At 3.25pm all stand as Members of the Royal Family, having arrived at Galilee Porch where they are received by the Dean of Windsor, move to seats in the Quire, led by Gentlemen Ushers to The King. All then sit.
At 3.45pm all stand as the Director of Music, the Choir of St George’s Chapel and the Succentor move from the North Quire Aisle to their places in the Quire. All then sit.
At 3.53pm The State Hearse halts at the bottom of the West Steps. At 4.00pm the Coffin Procession enters the Chapel.
What music will be played?
Before the service the organ will be played by the Organ Scholar, Miss Miriam Reveley, followed by music from the Assistant Director of Music, Mr. Luke Bond. The following songs will be played:
- Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele (BWV 654) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
- OTraurigkeit, O Herzeleid Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944)
- Master Tallis’s Testament Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
- Psalm Prelude Set 1,No. 1 Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
- Psalm Prelude Set 1,No. 2 Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
- Melody (Three Pieces) Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912)
- Andante Sostenuto (Symphonie Gothique, Op. 70) Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)
- The Tree of Peace JudithWeir (b. 1954)
- Nimrod (Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36) Sir Edward Elgar (1857–1934) arranged by SirWilliam H. Harris
- Prelude Sir William H. Harris (1883–1973)
- Sheep May Safely Graze (BWV 208) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) arranged by Stainton de B.Taylor
- Rhosymedre Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
During the Service the Choir of St George’s Chapel will be conducted by Mr. James Vivian, Director of Music and the organ will be played by Mr. Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music.
Who will lead the service?
The service will be led by The Right Reverend David Conner, KCVO, Dean of Windsor.
The Blessing will be pronounced by The Most Reverend and The Right Honourable Justin Welby, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan.
Who will attend the service?
The following people will attend the committal service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle:
- Gentleman Usher, Gentleman Usher
- Officers of Arms
- Portcullis Pursuivant, Bluemantle Pursuivant
- Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, Wales Herald Extraordinary
- Norfolk Herald Extraordinary, Maltravers Herald Extraordinary
- Windsor Herald, York Herald
- Richmond Herald
- Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, Lord Lyon King of Arms, Clarenceux King of Arms
- Lady Usher of the Black Rod, Garter Principal King of Arms
- Captain, The King’s Body Guard of The Yeomen of the Guard, Captain General, The King’s Body Guard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers), Captain, His Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms
- Vice Chamberlain of the Household, Comptroller of the Household, Treasurer of the Household
- Gentleman Usher, Gentleman Usher
- Household of Queen Elizabeth II
- Master of the Horse, Lord Steward
- Director of the Royal Collection, Comptroller, Lord Chamberlain’s Office, Master of the Household
- Keeper of the Privy Purse, Private Secretary
- Deputy Private Secretary, Deputy Private Secretary
- The Queen’s Page, The Queen’s Page, Palace Steward
- Virger, Mr Vaughn Wright
- The Reverend Canon Dr Mark Powell, The Reverend Canon Martin Poll, The Reverend Canon Dr Hueston Finlay
- The Archbishop of York
- The Archbishop of Canterbury
- The Dean of Windsor
- Lord Chamberlain, Earl Marshal
- Her Majesty’s coffin surmounted by The Imperial State Crown, The Orb and The Sceptre borne by the Bearer Party preceded by the Pall Bearers (Service Equerries to The Queen)
- The Queen Consort, The King
- Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Princess Royal
- The Duke of York
- The Countess of Wessex and Forfar, The Earl of Wessex and Forfar
- The Princess of Wales, The Prince of Wales
- The Duchess of Sussex, The Duke of Sussex
- The Earl of Snowdon, Mr Peter Phillips
- The Duke of Gloucester
- Prince Michael of Kent, The Duke of Kent
- Colonel Coldstream Guards, Gold Stick in Waiting
- Field Officer in Brigade Waiting, Silver Stick in Waiting
- Household of the former Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall
- Private Secretary, Principal Private Secretary
- Equerry, Master of the Household
- Household of The Prince and Princess of Wales
- Major General Commanding the Household Division, Defence Services Secretary
What is the order of service?
All will stand as the Coffin passes through the West Door and moves in Procession to the Quire as the Choir sings.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills: from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh even from the Lord: who hath made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
and he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel: shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord himself is thy keeper: the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand;
So that the sun shall not burn thee by day: neither the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:
yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in:
from this time forth for evermore.
Glory be to the Father: and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
All then sit as the Choir sings.
The Russian Contakion of the Departed
Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy Saints:
where sorrow and pain are no more; neither sighing but life everlasting.
Thou only art immortal, the Creator and Maker of man:
And we are mortal, formed of the earth, and unto earth shall we return:
For so thou didst ordain, when thou createdst me, saying,
Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
All we go down to the dust; and, weeping o’er the grave we make our song:
Alleluya, alleluya, alleluya.
Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy Saints:
Where sorrow and pain are no more; neither sighing but life everlasting.
Words: Translated William J. Birkbeck (1869–1916) Music: Kiev Melody
edited by SirWalter Parratt, KCVO (1841–1924), sometime Organist, St George’s Chapel
All stand as the Dean of Windsor says:
We have come together to commit into the hands of God the soul of his servant Queen Elizabeth. Here, in St George’s Chapel, where she so often
worshipped, we are bound to call to mind someone whose uncomplicated yet
profound Christian Faith bore so much fruit. Fruit, in a life of unstinting service to the Nation, the Commonwealth and the wider world, but also (and especially to be remembered in this place) in kindness, concern and reassuring care for her family and friends and neighbours. In the midst of our rapidly changing and frequently troubled world, her calm and dignified presence has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and with hope. As, with grateful hearts, we reflect on these and all the many other ways in which her long life has been a blessing to us, we pray that God will give us grace to honour her memory by following her example, and that, with our sister Elizabeth, at the last, we shall know the joys of life eternal.
All remain standing.
All my hope on God is founded;
He doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
Only good and only true.
Calls my heart to be his own.
God’s great goodness aye endureth,
Deep his wisdom, passing thought:
Splendour, light and life attend him,
Beauty springeth out of naught.
From his store
New-born worlds rise and adore.
Daily doth th’Almighty giver
Bounteous gifts on us bestow;
His desire our soul delighteth,
Pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand
At his hand;
Joy doth wait on his command.
Still from man to God eternal
Sacrifice of praise be done,
High above all praises praising
For the gift of Christ his Son.
Christ doth call
One and all:
Ye who follow shall not fall.
Revelation 21.1–7. Read by the Dean of Windsor, Register of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Read by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of the Royal Chapel,Windsor Great Park.
Remember, O Lord, thy servant Elizabeth who has gone before us with the sign
of faith, and now rests in sleep. According to thy promises, grant unto her, and
to all who repose in Christ, refreshment, light and peace; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Merciful Father and Lord of all life, we praise thee that thou hast made us in
thine image and that we reflect thy truth and light. We give special thanks for
the life of thy daughter Elizabeth, for the mercy she received from thee, and for the example that through her life of service, love and faith, she has set before our eyes. Above all, we rejoice at thy gracious promise to all thy servants, living and departed, that we shall rise again at the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We pray that, in due time, we may share with our sister that clearer vision when we shall see thy face in the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Father of all, we pray to thee for those whom we love, but see no longer.
Grant them peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in thy loving
wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purposes of thy perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades
lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is
over and our work is done; then Lord, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord God Almighty, King of creation, bless our King and all Members of the
Royal Family. May godliness be their guidance, may sanctity be their strength,
may peace on earth be the fruit of their labours, and their joy in heaven thine eternal gift; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God save our gracious Sovereign and all the Companions, living and departed,
of the Most Honourable and Noble Order of the Garter. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done; In earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening
into the house and gate of heaven,
to enter into that gate and dwell in that house,
where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling,
but one equal light;
no noise nor silence, but one equal music;
no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;
no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity;
in the habitation of thy glory and dominion,
world without end. Amen.
All stand for the presentation, in silence, of the Instruments of State, to be received by the Dean of Windsor, from the Queen’s Bargemaster and a Serjeant of Arms, who places them on the High Altar.
Christ is made the sure foundation,
And the precious corner-stone,
Who, the two walls underlying,
Bound in each, binds both in one,
Holy Sion’s help for ever,
And her confidence alone.
To this temple, where we call thee,
Come, O Lord of hosts, today;
With thy wonted loving-kindness,
Hear thy people as they pray;
And thy fullest benediction
Shed within its walls for ay.
Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
Gifts of grace by prayer to gain;
Here to have and hold for ever,
Those good things their prayers obtain,
And hereafter, in thy glory,
With thy blessèd ones to reign.
Laud and honour to the Father,
Laud and honour to the Son,
Laud and honour to the Spirit,
EverThree and ever One,
One in love, and One in splendour,
While unending ages run. Amen.
At the end of the hymn, The Queen’s Company Camp Colour is placed on the Coffin by The King having received it from the Regimental Lieutenant Colonel Grenadier Guards.
The Lord Chamberlain breaks his Wand which is placed upon the Coffin.
As the Coffin is lowered the Dean of Windsor says
The Psalm, 103. 13–17
Like as a father pitieth his own children:
even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him.
For he knoweth whereof we are made:
he remembereth that we are but dust.
The days of man are but as grass:
for he flourisheth as a flower of the field.
For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone:
and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever
upon them that fear him:
and his righteousness upon children’s children.
The Dean continues
Go forth upon thy journey from this world,
O Christian soul;
In the name of God the Father Almighty who created thee;
In the name of Jesus Christ who suffered for thee;
In the name of the Holy Spirit who strengtheneth thee.
In communion with the blessed saints,
and aided by Angels and Archangels,
and all the armies of the heavenly host,
may thy portion this day be in peace,
and thy dwelling in the heavenly Jerusalem.
Garter King of Arms proclaims:
The Styles and Titles of Queen Elizabeth II
Thus it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life unto His
Divine Mercy the late Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Excellent Monarch,
Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, and Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
The Queen’s Piper plays a lament from the North Quire Aisle.
A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith Pipe Major James M. Banks (b. 1946)
Let us humbly beseech Almighty God to bless with long life, health and honour,
and all worldly happiness the Most High, Most Mighty and Most Excellent Monarch, our Sovereign Lord, now, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of His other Realms and Territories King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, and Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. God Save The King
All remain standing as the Archbishop of Canterbury pronounces:
Go forth into the world in peace;
Be of good courage, hold fast that which is good,
render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted,
support the weak, help the afflicted, honour all people,
love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
The National Anthem
God save our gracious King,
Long live our noble King,
God save The King!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us;
God save The King!
All remain standing.
Prelude and Fugue in C minor (BWV 546) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
All remain standing as The King and The Queen Consort, preceded by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York and accompanied by the Dean of Windsor, move to the Galilee Porch. At the Galilee Porch the Archbishop of York, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor take their leave.
Other members of the Royal Family, escorted by the Canons of Windsor, move to the Galilee Porch, where the Canons, the Archbishop of York, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor take their leave
Members of Foreign Royal Families, Governors Generals and Realm Prime Ministers, escorted by Gentlemen Ushers, move to the West Doors. The Choir and Succentor leave the Quire by way of the Organ Screen. The Clergy leave by way of the North Quire Gate. The Congregation sits.
His Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms and The King’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard move by way of the Centre Aisle, the North Nave Aisle and the North Quire Aisle to the Cloisters.The Congregation will be asked by the Stewards and the Ushers to leave the Chapel.
When will the Queen be buried?
The Dean of Windsor will conduct a private burial service to be attended by the King and members of the royal family at 7.30pm.
The Queen will be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh at King George VI Memorial Chapel.