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King Charles III places the red flag on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II; This is what it symbolizes

Last update: September 20, 2022, 9:44 a.m. HST

The coffin of the late monarch Queen Elizabeth II was carried on a cannon carriage from Westminster Abbey to the heart of London for the final procession on September 19. The coffin was taken to Windsor, where the former monarch was laid to rest later Monday. The King and Queen consort, many world leaders and countless mourners tore through the streets and gathered as Britain’s longest serving monarch lay to rest in a historic funeral carried out on an unprecedented scale previously. King Charles III placed a royal flag on the coffin of the former monarch during the ceremony.

It happened at the end of the Committal Service at St George’s Chapel, followed by his state funeral in London. The King was joined by other members of the Royal Family at the chapel service. Wondering what the flag on Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin symbolizes?

For those unaware, the flag placed on the Queen’s coffin by her heir was the color of her Grenadier Guards company camp. Made of silk, it is said to be a smaller version of the royal standard of the regiment, and Queen Elizabeth II herself held the position of company commander of the Grenadier Guards. Once placed on the casket, the flag will remain there even when she is buried.

The Grenadier Guards in one of the oldest regiments in the British Army. Its formation dates back to 1656 when Lord Wentworth’s regiment was created in Bruges to protect the exiled King Charles II.

A two-minute silence was observed across the UK in nationwide tribute to mark the conclusion of the state funeral ceremony at Westminster Abbey. As the Queen’s coffin was lifted for the final procession, the British national anthem “God Save the King” rang to lead the late monarch to her resting place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. A pledge service concluded the public aspect of the funeral before the monarch received a private interment ceremony on Monday evening.

The Queen’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault alongside her late husband, Prince Philip. Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 on September 8 at Balmoral Castle, her Scottish summer residence.

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