The funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, following the death of Her Majesty on Thursday, September 8, aged 96.
The Queen will be reunited with her parents, her sister and the late Duke of Edinburgh, her husband of almost 74 years, in her final resting place at Windsor Castle.
A dedication ceremony for the Queen will take place in St George’s Chapel on Monday evening, but there is still no information on what the late monarch will be when she is laid to rest.
What will the Queen wear for her burial?
Although her funeral was a public affair and televised, little is known about the Queen’s burial.
One expert believes this may still be the case, even after Her Majesty has been laid to rest.
“After a lifetime of being ‘seen’, this may be the one time her appearance remains a mystery,” says Bethan Holt, royal fashion expert and author The Queen: 70 years in Majestic Style.
Knowing the late monarch’s preference for lower and more affordable items of clothing, his burial suit is likely to reflect that.
Whatever the Queen is buried in, “she will be the one to decide on the outfit,” and “it will be chosen for a while,” says Holt.
“She has always paid close attention to her clothes so this is a detail that she will have ultimate control over,” she continues, adding that Her Majesty could wear black or “she could wear a suit she has happy memories”.
What Crown Jewels and jewelery will the Queen wear?
Most of the pieces of the Crown Jewels are kept to be passed on to King Charles III, but His Majesty is likely to be buried with jewelery from her own collection.
The Queen had over 300 items in her private collection, but one jewelery expert believes some of the more modest pieces will be placed on her.
Lisa Levinson, head of communications for the Natural Diamond Council, told the Metro that the Queen could be buried with two pieces of jewellery: her gold wedding band from Wales and a pair of pearl earrings.
“Pearls have always been a signature of the Queen,” confirms Holt, “so it would make sense that she would choose to wear some.”
Levinson also said she believes Princess Anne will likely be given the Queen’s engagement ring.
“The young Prince Philip was closely involved in the design of Elizabeth’s engagement ring, which is set in platinum and features eleven natural diamonds – a three-carat round diamond, flanked by five smaller stones,” she explains.
“Her Majesty’s life has always been the legacy of the Royal Family, in the UK and the Commonwealth; their treasures are a large part of that heritage.”
Royal commentator Josh Rom told the New York Post that most of the Queen’s tiara collection would be passed on to King Charles III for use by Camilla, Queen Consort, and possibly Kate, Princess of Wales.
How is the Queen’s coffin dressed?
Although it has not yet been confirmed how the Queen will be dressed for her burial, we do know more about the items that will be dressing her coffin.
Although the Queen is likely to be buried with few ceremonial items, they are on display with her coffin as she lies in state for four days in Westminster Hall from Wednesday until the morning of her funeral on Monday.
The Crown of Imperial State is placed on the Queen’s coffin atop the Royal Standard flag, along with a white floral wreath of white roses, white dahlias and foliage, including pine from the gardens at Ballymore and pittosporum, lavender and rosemary from the. gardens at Windsor.
The coffin was draped with the Royal Standard, a flag representing the four kingdoms of the United Kingdom which is also the flag used by royal houses to represent when the sovereign is at home.
The Imperial State Crown, whether you realize it or not, is one of the most worn crowns by the Queen, chosen each year for the state opening of parliament, along with the crown worn by Her Majesty at the end to be crowned.
It is a solid gold frame, with 2,868 diamonds, 269 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and four rubies, originally created for the coronation of the Queen’s father, King George VI, and remodeled for the Queen and its height was reduced to “make it looks more feminine”.
The orb and scepter of the Sovereign, made of hollow gold and set with more than 600 precious stones, will also be placed on the coffin for the funeral ceremony.
What will the Queen be buried with?
Traditionally, members of the Royal Family are buried with items close to them, including jewelery and mementos.
Prince Philip was buried with his military effects, notably his naval office cap and sword which were placed on top of his coffin during the procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Queen Victoria died at the incredible age of 81 in January, 1901. Famously mourning the death of her husband Prince Albert, Victoria was buried in black, with herself and her husband’s wedding rings.
Victoria’s coffin also included one of Albert’s dressing gowns and an elaborate cape made for her husband by her daughter Princess Alice, who died of diphtheria in 1878.
Ever the rebel, Princess Margaret broke with tradition and chose to be cremated so that her ashes could be scattered next to her father, King George IV.
Princess Diana was buried in a private ceremony at Althorp Park, the Spencer family estate, in 1997. The late princess was dressed in a three-quarter long-sleeved black wool cocktail dress created by one of her designers. Catherine Walker.
A stunning set of rosary beads from Mother Teresa, who died the same week as Diana, was placed in her hands, along with a photograph of her son, which had traveled around with her and was found in her handbag, according to Andrew Morton’s Biography Diana: A True Story – In Her Own Words.