The coffin normally requires six soldiers to carry, but as it is made of oak with brass fittings and lead lining, two additional soldiers were needed
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: The Queen made her final journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, carried by pallbearers of the Grenadier Guards of the 1st Battalion, of which the late Monarch was company commander
The eight soldiers stationed in Iraq carried the Queen’s coffin, although normally six soldiers would suffice. The coffin is reportedly made of oak with brass fittings and lead paneling and weighs between 250 kg and 317 kg, requiring two additional soldiers. Your oak box was made about 30 years ago.
The Grenadier Guards, the Army’s oldest unit, were formed as Lord Wentworth’s Regiment in 1656 to guard Charles II during his exile. The Queen was taken to Westminster Hall by the Guardsmen on Wednesday September 14 to lie in state for four days.
Ben Tubuna, a young Fijian soldier specially chosen to be one of the pallbearers at the Edinburgh service last week, was the only security guard whose identity could be established. Tubuna was seen carrying the coffin entering St Giles’ Cathedral in front of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
An Inverness resident and soldier in the Royal Regiment of Edinburgh, Tubuna hails from the province of Rewa. The 21-year-old expressed his thanks for the opportunity to take part in the historic event. He told the Fiji Times: “I felt blessed to be given such an important role as a Fijian. But I accepted them with humility because this is my job – it’s a role I have to fulfill as a soldier.”
The Queen will remain at Westminster Hall until her funeral on Monday September 19. It is now officially in the state. A rotating team of bodyguards will constantly guard her coffin over the following days. Public mourners are allowed to pass the Queen’s coffin in silence and respect, but must maintain a certain distance.
After her funeral on September 19, Queen Elizabeth II will be reunited with her husband and former family members when she is buried. Queen Elizabeth is buried in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Cameras are allowed at the funeral of a British monarch for the first time on Monday. The funeral procession of King George VI. was televised in 1952, although not the service itself.