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Queen Elizabeth's Piper Who Woke Her Up Every Morning Plays Moving Goodbye As Her Coffin Is Lowered Into Royal Vault

Queen Elizabeth's Piper Who Woke Her Up Every Morning Plays Moving Goodbye As Her Coffin Is Lowered Into Royal Vault

In a poignant moment, Burn's music slowly faded away until it came to a halt, with a moment of silence hanging in the air.

The Queen's piper played a moving tribute to the Queen at the end of the late monarch's funeral. Pipe Major Paul Burns of The Royal Regiment of Scotland woke Queen Elizabeth every morning with the sound of his bagpipes and now, he was playing for her one final time. Burns paid a moving tribute with a moving piece as the Queen's coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault in a ceremony at St George's Chapel on Monday. As the funeral came to a close, Burns was the only musician at the committal service and he played the pipes as he walked between the chapel and the Dean's Cloister. In a poignant moment, Burn's music slowly faded away until it came to a halt, leaving everyone with a brief silence that spoke volumes of the respect Burns had for the Queen, reported Mirror.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19:The bearer party with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is taken from Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Burns also ended the ceremony at Westminster Abbey earlier on Monday with a lament before the Queen's coffin was moved to Windsor. Burns has held the position of Sovereign's Piper since last year and is the 17th piper to hold the position. The role has a long history dating back to the time of Queen Victoria when the main piper used to play the pipes every morning at 9 am under the monarch's window and during state occasions. The Queen's death on September 8 at her home in Scotland brought to an end her 70-year-reign as a monarch.



 


The Queen's coffin was carried on a State Gun Carriage from New Palace Yard to Westminster Abbey. The afternoon saw more than 800 people attend the service in Westminster Abbey including the King, members of the Royal Family, realm prime ministers, governors-general, and mourners from the Queen’s household including personal staff from across her private estates. The funeral ended with the Imperial State Crown, the orb, and the scepter being lifted from the Queen’s coffin, separating the Queen from her crown for the final time. This was followed by Lord Chamberlain breaking his "Wand of Office" and placing it on the coffin in a moving gesture.

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The Queen's funeral was a moving occasion for the nation and loved ones of the late monarch. As we reported, the 73-year-old British monarch, King Charles lll, was seen wiping away a tear as he walked into Westminster Abbey with his mother's coffin. King Charles was visibly emotional, with his wife, the Queen Consort, by his side and his family behind him. King Charles also expressed his gratitude to the supporters and said, “Over the last 10 days, my wife and I have been so deeply touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and across the world... As we all prepare to say our last farewell, I wanted simply to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my Family and myself in this time of grief.” He has carried out 54 engagements in the last 11 days, including a silent vigil with his three siblings beside the monarch’s coffin at Westminster Hall on Friday. 



 



References:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/royals/queens-piper-who-woke-every-28020626


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