A LONE bagpiper’s lament is among the personal touches for the Queen’s final farewell this afternoon.
As his coffin is lowered into the vault of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Pipe, Major Paul Burns of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will end the incarceration.
The intimate moments of the ceremony were agreed upon by the Queen.
Much of the music will be inspired by her childhood piano teacher, Sir William Harris, who died in 1973.
It includes a rendition of the Motet – a reading by John Donne accompanied by music by Harris.
His Nimrod and Prelude arrangements will also be performed.
The choir will sing The Russian Kontakion Of The Departed, which was sung at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April 2021.
The Dean of Windsor will read the Bible – Revelation 21, verses 1-7, which was also heard at the funerals of his grandparents King George V in 1936, Queen Mary in 1953 and father King George VI in 1952.
King Charles will place the Queen’s Company camp color on his mother’s coffin.
The color purple was made in 1953 for her coronation and presented to the Queen’s Company by Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle.