Big role for George, Charlotte at state funeral of ‘Gan Gan’

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte will attend the Queen’s state funeral, the order of service shows.

The nine-year-old future king and his seven-year-old sister will gather on Monday with 2,000 people at Westminster Abbey to commemorate their late great-grandmother, while millions of people around the world watch the television service.

The young royal family will walk through the Gothic church with the royal family, in procession behind the queen’s coffin as it is carried by the military bearer.

Their grandfather, the king with the queen consort will immediately go behind the coffin, followed by the Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, then the Duke of York, followed by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and then the Prince and Princess of Wales.

George and Charlotte, who dubbed the Queen “Gan Gan”, will be together, behind their parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton. They will walk side by side in formation, followed by their aunt and uncle the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and other members of the royal family.

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The second and third in line to the throne are also expected to attend the service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle afterwards.

Prince and princess’ four-year-old brother, Prince Louis, will not be there. His playful antics on the balcony for the platinum anniversary delighted royal fans and he is probably considered too young to attend.

Final preparations for the Queen’s state funeral

At the end of the service: The last messagetwo minutes of silence, the Reveille, and the national anthem, the Queen’s Piper, Warrant Officer Class 1 (Pipe Major) Paul Burns, play the traditional lament Sleep sweetheart, sleep.

Before the service, the tenor bell will chime every minute for 96 minutes, reflecting the years of the Queen’s life.

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The Dean of Westminster, the Reverend Dr David Hoyle, will say in The Bidding: “Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we come from all over the country, from the Commonwealth and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to remember her long life of selfless service.”

He will speak of the Queen’s “unshakable devotion to a high calling for so many years” as monarch and head of the Commonwealth.

“We remember with fondness her love for her family and her dedication to the causes she held dear,” the dean will say.

One of the hymns – The Lord is my shepherd, I don’t want to – was sung at the Queen’s wedding, when she married the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 as a 21-year-old bride at the same abbey.

It was also sung at the funeral of the Queen’s father, George VI, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in 1952, but with slightly different wording.

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The other hymns are: The day you gave, Lord, has ended; and Divine love, everyone loves to excel.

The latter was often seen at royal weddings, including William and Kate’s, Charles and Camilla’s wedding blessing, and Princess Eugenie’s.

There will be prayers by Rev. Dr. Iain Greenshields, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for “Queen Elizabeth’s long life and reign, remembering with gratitude her gifts of wisdom, diligence and service”.

The Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally, will offer a prayer for “our most gracious Sovereign Lord King Charles, Camilla the Queen Consort, William Prince of Wales and all the Royal Family”.

Reverend Canon Helen Cameron, moderator of the Free Churches Group, will commend the Queen for “tireless devotion to duty, compassion for her subjects and advice to her ministers”.

-MONKEY

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