Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: all the details about the coffin

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  Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: all the details about the coffin
Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is partially made of lead and features numerous symbols of her reign over the United Kingdom. © 2022 WPA Pool, SpotOn

Centuries of tradition

The late Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) will be laid to rest this Monday in a special coffin deeply rooted in the Windsor family tradition. The details of the coffin at a glance.

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is made of English oak and lead

Strictly speaking, Queen Elizabeth's coffin is two boxes in one. As the 'Telegraph' reports, the metal lead was poured over an inner, wooden chest. This construction was then encased in an outer coffin of English oak.

That's why lead is used

There is a simple reason for the lead pouring. The mortal remains of Queen Elizabeth II are buried in the family vault in the King George VI Memorial Chapel - and thus to a certain extent above ground. To prevent odors or toxic gases from escaping there, the lead seals the coffin airtight. The decomposition process is also slowed down - for up to a year.

Due to the high weight of the heavy metal, eight and not the usual six bearers carry the royal coffin.

However, the fact that British oak is used is unusual. As 'Metro' reports, American oak is usually used for coffins for cost reasons. The wood used is said to come from Sandringham House, which is privately owned by the British royal family.

The lead coffin dates back to a centuries-old royal tradition

Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was already buried in a lead coffin in 1603. However, it is likely that royal tradition stretches back even further into England's past.

Queen Elizabeth's late husband Prince Philip (1921-2021) was buried in a lead coffin, as was Princess Diana (1961-1997).

Queen Elizabeth's coffin was made 32 years ago

Of course, such a coffin cannot be made 'in a day,' as Andrew Leverton of Leverton & Sons explained. The British company was responsible for the maintenance of the coffin - and took over the piece made at least 32 years ago by undertakers Kenyons, as 'The Times' reports.

Flag, imperial insignia, flowers: These details adorn the Queen's coffin

Observers and TV viewers are sure to have noticed the numerous details that adorn the Queen's coffin. The container for the mortal remains of the monarch is wrapped in the so-called Royal Standard flag. As a royal standard, the flag represents the Empress and the United Kingdom.

It shows the English 'Three Lions' twice, yellow on a red background. Next to it is the red Scottish lion on a yellow background. A harp represented on the flag of Ireland.

These imperial regalia represent rulership

Special brackets on the top of the coffin hold the three imperial regalia, symbolizing Queen Elizabeth's reign over the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. These include the Imperial State Crown, the crown first used in 1838 to crown the young Queen Victoria (1819-1901). The Imperial State Crown is covered with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires and numerous other precious stones.

In addition, the Queen's Orb adorns the coffin, and the Imperial Scepter is also attached to it.

The new king chose the wreath of flowers

The wreath of flowers that adorns the Queen's coffin was hand-delivered by King Charles III. (73) compiled, as reported by 'Independent'. Included is rosemary, which symbolizes remembrance, and myrtle, a symbol of a happy marriage. The pedunculate oak stands for the power of love. Also included are garden roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, sedum and scabious.

The flowers selected come from the gardens of Buckingham Palace and from Charles' country estate, Highgrove House, and Clarence House in London. The color of the wreath is dominated by pink, burgundy, gold and white. They are the colors that can also be seen on the royal standard.

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