Symbolic artifacts The late Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state at Westminster Hall from Wednesday, September 14, until her funeral on Monday, September, 19 — and her closed coffin will be adorned with items from the royal family’s Crown Jewel collection.
The Sovereign’s Orb and the Sovereign’s Sceptre With Cross will be placed on top of the casket. The orb is presented to British monarchs in their coronation. Dating back to Charles II’s coronation in 1661, the piece of regalia is golden and has a cross perched on top to symbolize heavenly power over the world. It is decorated with emeralds and rubies, diamonds sapphires, sapphires, pearls, and one Amethyst.
The orb has been used since its inception for every royal coronation and is expected to continue to serve this purpose. King Charles IIIDuring his official crowning. Elizabeth’s coronation took place on June 2, 1953, making her 70-year reign the longest in the history of the United Kingdom.
The coronation regalia also includes the Sceptre, which has the same 1661 origins. Unlike the religious symbolism of the orb, the three-foot-long staff represents the monarch’s power in the secular world. The sceptre holds a piece of the world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan I, also known as the First Star of Africa. The baton was used to mount the diamond in 1910.
In addition to the orb and sceptre, the monarch’s coffin will also be adorned with the State Crown, worn by rulers after their coronations and used at the State Openings of parliament.
The queen’s state funeral will take place on Monday, 10 days after her death at age 96 on Thursday, September 8. The service will be held at Westminster Abbey. Afterward, Her Majesty’s remains will be taken to Wellington Arch and then to her final resting place at Windsor. There will be a national moment of silence at noon on Monday after Big Ben has struck.
Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, Charles, became king immediately upon her passing. He will be proclaimed the new monarch later. Prince WilliamHe is now the first to be in line for throne. He is followed by his three kids with Princess Kate — Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4.
Ahead of the queen’s death, she celebrated her historic Platinum Jubilee in February. Celebrations continued into June, but the monarch cancelled a handful of appearances because she was struggling with mobility issues at that time.
“The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and flypast but did experience some discomfort,” a Buckingham Palace statement noted after the annual Trooping the Colour parade.