Elizabeth II’s coffin… has been ready for over 30 years!

The public will not be able to see the face of the queen, whose coffin will lie closed and covered with the standard and the royal regalia.

English oak and lead

According to the Times, the Queen’s coffin is made of lead-lined English oak, like that of her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021.

The London funeral company Leverton and Sons, in charge of the funeral, explained to the British daily four years ago that it did not know when and by whom the coffins were made, which it inherited in 1991 when it started working with the palace.

“It is made of English oak, which is very difficult to find” and very expensive, explained then his boss Andrew Leverton.

The lead lining makes it possible to make the coffin hermetic, since it will be deposited in a crypt and not buried. But she makes it extremely heavy for its eight carriers.

The brass handles are designed specifically for royal coffins, as is the lid, which must be able to support the insignia of the monarchy.

“It’s not something you can do in a day,” Leverton told The Times.

royal insignia

After being displayed in Edinburgh, the coffin will be transported to London on Tuesday evening. The next day, he will be deposited on a catafalque draped in purple at the Palace of Westminster, and watched over by guards.

The royal standard, emblem of the monarchy which traditionally floated above Buckingham, Sandrigham or Windsor when the queen was there, will cover her coffin.

There will also be placed two royal insignia

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