- Before her passing, Queen Elizabeth II helped design the hearse that carried her coffin.
- The design included her Royal Cypher and was finished with Royal Claret, the official color of the monarchy.
- The hearse featured a clear view of her oak coffin, which required eight pallbearers.
The Queen’s coffin traveled a long journey throughout the UK, from her royal estate in Scotland to her final resting place in Windsor Castle. The late monarch’s coffin was transported in a custom hearse that the Queen helped design.
On Monday morning, the royal family arrived at Westminster Abbey, where historic royal events commonly take place, to pay their final respects to the Queen. The funeral service was conducted by The Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by dignitaries, including US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Queen Elizabeth gave input on the customized hearse that carried her coffin
According to People, Jaguar Land Rover and the Royal Household asked Queen Elizabeth to help with the design of the hearse prior to her death. The vehicle was designed with a clear view of the Queen’s oak coffin so that mourners could properly pay their respects.
The vehicle was finished with Royal Claret, the official color of royal and state vehicles used by members of the royal family on official duties, according to People. It also contained the Queen’s personal Royal Cypher.
The late monarch’s coffin was designed 30 years ago and requires 8 people to carry the oak coffin, which reportedly weighs up to 700 pounds
According to USA Today, the Queen’s coffin is made out of English oak and lined with lead. “It is not something you can just make in a day,” royal funeral director Andrew Leverton told USA Today’s Marina Pitofsky. According to The Daily Express, estimates for the coffin’s weight range between 500 and 700 pounds.
Because of the weight, eight people are required to carry the royal coffin. The eight men who were chosen are 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards whose company commander was the Queen, Cosmopolitan reported. Some of the pallbearers were flown back to London from their placement in Iraq for the funeral service.
The Queen will be laid to rest in St. George’s Chapel, alongside Prince Philip and other members of the royal family
On Monday morning, the coffin was taken by gun carriage to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service. Later, the hearse transported the coffin from Wellington Arch in London to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
In Windsor, the hearse slowed down to perform a final procession before the Queen was laid to rest. The procession included members of the royal family traveling down the Long Walk to St. George’s Chapel.
At St. George’s chapel, Queen Elizabeth’s remains will be buried alongside her late husband Prince Philip, her parents King George VI and the Queen Mother, and her sister Princess Margaret.