The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

By Rob Picheta, Ed Upright, Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Jessie Yeung and Aditi Sangal, CNN

Updated 6:00 PM ET, Mon September 19, 2022
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11:53 a.m. ET, September 19, 2022

The Royal Vault isn’t the Queen’s final resting place 

From CNN’s Lauren Said-Moorhouse

As the committal service in Windsor draws to a close, the Queen's coffin has been lowered into the Royal Vault, set below the chapel, where many royal family members have been laid to rest.  

At the same time, the Dean of Windsor read a psalm and the Commendation, after which the Garter King of Arms – the senior official responsible for the heraldry of England, Wales and Northern Ireland – pronounced the styles and titles of the Queen.  

The event at St. George’s marks the end of public ceremonial arrangements for the late monarch. A private burial service will be held for the family later Monday evening.  

And in fact, the Queen is to be relocated to the King George VI Memorial Chapel, located elsewhere within St. George's, where she will be laid to rest alongside her beloved husband of 73 years, Prince Philip.  

The memorial chapel is where the Queen's father and mother were interred and where a casket containing the ashes of the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, remains. 

11:52 a.m. ET, September 19, 2022

Queen's piper plays for her one last time, as she is reunited with her husband, Prince Philip

From CNN’s Lauren Said-Moorhouse

The moment no one was ready for has arrived. The Queen’s coffin has been lowered from public view into the Royal Vault beneath St. George’s Chapel, which also houses the coffin of her late husband.

The haunting sound of bagpipes echoes around the space as the late monarch’s piper plays a lament -- one last performance playing her out. He is playing from the doorway between the chapel and the Dean’s Cloister. While doing so, he will start to walk slowly towards the Deanery so that the music within the chapel gradually fades. It’s a moment full of symbolism as it reflects a similar ending to Prince Philip’s funeral last year.   

The piper's role in the royal household usually required him to rouse the Queen each morning, playing for 15 minutes under her window and on state occasions. The position dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria who became enamored with bagpipe music when she and husband Prince Albert visited the Highlands for the first time. 

Earlier today, the Queen's piper brought the funeral service in London to a close with a lament.  

11:48 a.m. ET, September 19, 2022

Queen's coffin lowered into Royal Vault

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is being lowered into the Royal Vault below St. George's Chapel, where many royal family members have been laid to rest.  

King Charles III earlier placed the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on his late mother's coffin.

This is the last moment in which the public will see the monarch's coffin.

11:38 a.m. ET, September 19, 2022

Crown jewels removed from Queen's coffin

From CNN’s Max Foster and Lauren Said-Moorhouse

Ahead of the final hymn, “Christ is made of sure foundation,” the Crown Jeweller is removing the Imperial State Crown and the Orb and Sceptre from the Queen’s coffin.

With the help of the Queen's Bargemaster and Serjeants-at-Arms, the jeweller is passing them to the Dean of Windsor to place on the altar.

11:31 a.m. ET, September 19, 2022

The Queen gave us confidence to face the future, Dean says in opening bidding

From CNN's Rob Picheta

The Dean of Windsor is opening Queen Elizabeth II's committal service with a bidding.

"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," he said.

"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 honor her memory by following her example, and that, with our sister Elizabeth, at the last, we shall know the joys of life eternal."

Before the Dean began his bidding, the choir sang the Russian Contakion of the Departed, which is often performed at funerals.

11:49 a.m. ET, September 19, 2022

The Queen's committal service is taking place in the chapel that hosted her husband's funeral and Prince Harry's wedding

From CNN’s Max Foster and Lauren Said-Moorhouse

(Victoria Jones/Pool Photo via AP)
(Victoria Jones/Pool Photo via AP)

The committal service for Queen Elizabeth II will take place at St. George’s Chapel, within the walls of Windsor Castle.

Construction of the chapel begun under King Edward IV in 1475 and was completed just over 50 years later by King Henry VIII.

The chapel is a Royal Peculiar -- meaning a church under the direct jurisdiction of the monarch. The chapel is governed by the Dean and Canons of Windsor who -- along with their officers and staff -- are independent of the royal household.

It has been the location of many royal weddings, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex in June 1999, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May 2018 and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.

Back in 2005, it was also where a service of dedication and prayer took place following the marriage of King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort.

Funerals have also taken place there including those of Princess Margaret and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. The funeral service for the Duke of Edinburgh was held at the chapel last April.

11:32 a.m. ET, September 19, 2022

Queen's coffin carried into St. George's Chapel for committal service

The Queen's coffin is being carried into St. George's Chapel after completing its final journey up the Long Walk to Windsor Castle.

Watch the moment

An intimate committal service, which was due to begin at 4 p.m. (11 a.m.) but has run slightly late, will get underway shortly.

11:06 a.m. ET, September 19, 2022

Procession passes through archway of Windsor Castle and is joined by members of royal family

As the funeral procession arrived at Windsor Castle, it approached the bottom of the West Steps of St. George's Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister, where it was joined by members of the Queen's family.

The bearer party will lift the coffin from the state hearse soon, from where it will be carried in procession up the West Steps.

The Queen’s favorite horse Emma and two of her corgis were seen as the procession passed through the castle.  

11:00 a.m. ET, September 19, 2022

Queen's corgis await the arrival of their late owner's coffin

From CNN's Rob Picheta in London

(Glyn Kirk/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)
(Glyn Kirk/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Two of the Queen's beloved corgis are waiting for the arrival of Elizabeth II's coffin.

Throughout her life, the monarch was regularly photographed with one of her many Welsh corgis at her feet.

The Queen’s passion for corgis dated back to her childhood, when she fell in love with her father King George VI’s dog, Dookie. In 1944, on her 18th birthday, she was given a Pembroke Welsh corgi puppy named Susan. Such was her attachment to Susan, she reportedly took her on her honeymoon in 1947. Susan died in January 1959.

Her surviving corgis will now live with the Duke and Duchess of York, Andrew and Sarah, a source close to the Duke of York told CNN last week.