The emblematic flag of the monarchy now covers the coffin of the sovereign.
Queen Elizabeth II's coffin, in front of which hundreds of thousands of people will gather until her funeral, is made of English oak lined with lead and was already ready more than 30 years ago, explains Monday < em>The Times.
The public will not be able to see the face of the Queen, whose coffin will remain closed and covered with the royal standard and regalia .
According to the Times, the Queen's coffin is made of English oak lined with lead, like that of her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021.
The London undertaker Leverton and Sons, in charge of the funeral, explained to the British daily four years ago that she did not know when and by whom the coffins were made, which she inherited in 1991 when she began working with the palace.
It is made of English oak, which is very difficult to find and very expensive, explained his boss Andrew Leverton at the time.
The lead lining makes it possible to make the coffin airtight, since x27; it will be deposited in a crypt and not buried. But it makes it extremely heavy for its eight bearers.
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 make in a day, Leverton had summed up the Times.
Pallbearers carried the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II inside Saint-Gilles Cathedral. Made of wood and lined with lead, the coffin is very heavy.
After being displayed in Edinburgh, the coffin will be transported to London on Tuesday evening. The following day, it will be placed on a catafalque draped in purple at the Palace of Westminster, and watched over by guards.
The royal standard, the emblem of the monarchy which traditionally flew in the above Buckingham, Sandrigham or Windsor when the Queen was there, will cover her coffin.
There will also be placed two royal insignia, the scepter and the orb , a globe surmounted by a cross that symbolizes the Christian world.