Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, which is able to lie in state in London for 4 days later this week earlier than her funeral subsequent Monday, was reportedly crafted greater than three many years in the past.
The casket will relaxation closed on a raised platform often called a catafalque inside Westminster Hall — the oldest a part of the centuries-old parliamentary property — from Wednesday, after mendacity at relaxation in Edinburgh for a day from later Monday.
Here are extra particulars in regards to the coffin of Britain’s longest-serving monarch:
English oak and lead
The queen’s coffin was made not less than 32 years in the past of English oak, which is more and more uncommon as of late with most wood caskets now made out of American oak, The Times reported Monday.
It is lined with lead, a royal custom to assist protect the corpse for longer after its burial in a crypt — on this event contained in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, west of London.
Lead is claimed to make the casket hermetic, serving to to cease moisture from getting in however making it considerably heavier. The queen’s coffin requires eight pallbearers to maneuver it.
It matches one other made for the late queen’s husband, Prince Philip, who died final yr and was interred on the crypt the place she is going to quickly be buried alongside him.
Leverton & Sons, the London undertakers for the royal household since 1991, instructed The Times they inherited the coffins at the moment and are unaware who had crafted them earlier than then.
“It is made from English oak, which is very difficult to get hold of,” Andrew Leverton, who runs the corporate, added to the newspaper.
“I don’t think we could use American oak for a coffin now. It would be too expensive.”
The coffin has been particularly designed to carry valuable fitments securely on its lid.
At the mendacity in state and funeral, that may embody the Imperial State Crown, orb and sceptre, representing completely different points of the sovereign’s powers.
Meanwhile, the brass handles on the coffin are additionally uniquely designed for royal caskets, with an organization within the central English metropolis of Birmingham liable for them, based on The Times.
“It is not something you can just make in a day,” famous Leverton.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin first emerged on Sunday, coated with the Scottish royal commonplace and a wreath of white heather, dahlias and candy peas from the gardens of the Balmoral property the place she died Thursday.
It rested in a single day Sunday within the Palace of Holyroodhouse within the Scottish capital Edinburgh.
On Monday, it travels by hearse — adopted by a procession together with King Charles III and different senior royals — to St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile, the place it can stay for twenty-four hours.
It will then journey by a Royal Air Force aircraft to London, the place it can sit at Buckingham Palace earlier than being transferred to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.
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