Elizabeth II ‘s last piper played a small but emotional role at the queen’s funeral . His presence in Westminster Abbey, more symbolic than strictly necessary, unexpectedly caused some of the most emotional moments of the ceremony .
Why symbolic? Because the queen was fired by the man who practically woke her up during the last days of her life.
Every day at 9 a.m., Paul Burns played his bagpipes for 15 minutes regardless of where the monarch was in the residence.
At the funeral, held in London, the piper played “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep” from a raised doorway, ending the song poetically as he walked away, creating a fade-out effect .natural.
Then, at the burial ceremony in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, the flutist played a lament as Elizabeth II coffin was lowered into the royal vault. And it had the same effect: his sounds gradually faded as the drawer descended.
The piper’s trade in the Royal Family dates back to the time of Queen Victoria. Major Scott Methven , who held Burns’ post from 2015 to 2019, told the BBC that he got to know the queen a lot “as a person” through his work.”It was a pleasure for Her Majesty to stop and watch me play,” he told the BBC.
Elizabeth II’s state funeral was attended by the British royal family, heads of state from numerous countries, prime ministers, kings and princes.
The coffin with the remains of the queen, who died on September 8, was transported from the Westminster Hall (in Parliament), where the funeral chapel was open for several days, on a gun carriage pulled by more than a hundred British Navy sailors .
King Charles III and his three siblings, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward, as well as Princes William and Harry, grandsons of Elizabeth II, walked alongside the coffin. Princes George and Charlotte also paraded alongside their parents, the Princes of Wales.
The coffin remained covered with the Royal Banner, the imperial crown; the royal orb, a piece that represents the Christian world; the gold scepter, which symbolizes power; and a flower crown.
The funeral was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle , who noted Elizabeth II’s dedication as Head of State for seven decades and delivered the blessing.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivered the sermon before the UK observed two minutes of silence and the national anthem was played at the abbey.
The funeral was held in the presence of the King and Queen of Spain, Felipe VI and Letizia; US President Joe Biden; the head of state of France, Emmanuel Macron; as well as the kings of Holland, Guillermo Alejandro and Máxima; and the kings of Belgium, Felipe Matilde, among other dignitaries of the world.