The Committal Service of Her Majesty The Queen


The Committal Service of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Monday 19th September 2022 at 1600hrs.

The Service will be led by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner, who will give the Bidding. Prayers will be said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of the Royal Chapel, Windsor Great Park.

Some of the music in the Committal Service was composed by Sir William Henry Harris, who served as the Organist of St George’s Chapel between 1933 and 1961, throughout The Queen’s childhood. It is believed that he taught the young Princess Elizabeth to play the piano.

The Service will be sung by the Choir of St George’s Chapel, under the direction of James Vivian. Psalm 21 will be sung as The Queen’s Coffin is borne through the Chapel, set to music by Sir Henry Walford Davies, another former Organist at St George’s. The Choir will sing ‘The Russian Contakion of the Departed’, which was also sung for the Funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh.

During the Service, the Dean will read Revelation 21, verses 1-7, which was read at the Funerals of The Queen’s grandparents, King George V in 1936 and Queen Mary in 1953, as well as at Her Majesty’s father’s Funeral in 1952.

In silence, the Crown Jeweller will remove the Instruments of State from Her Majesty’s Coffin. The Orb, Sceptre and Crown will then be placed upon the Altar by the Dean of Windsor.

His Majesty The King will be handed The Queen’s Company Camp Colour by the Regimental Lieutenant Colonel commanding the Grenadier Guards, and The King will place it on Her Majesty’s Coffin. The Lord Chamberlain, the head of The Queen’s Household, will break his Wand of Office, and place it upon the Coffin.

Her Majesty’s Coffin will descend into the Royal Vault as the Dean reads Psalm 103, ending with the traditional words, ‘Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul’. Garter King of Arms will proclaim the styles and titles of The Queen.

A Lament will be played by The Sovereign’s Piper, who will slowly leave The Chapel. At the close of the Committal Service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce The Blessing and the Congregation will sing The National Anthem, ‘God Save The King’.

Related content

Press release 14 July 2024

Autumn tour to Australia and Samoa announced

Read more

A speech by The King for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Senedd.

Over the last twenty-five years, the Senedd has become more than a symbol. It has become essential to the life of Wales. As we look back over the last quarter-century in the...

11 July 2024

The King's message to The England Football Team following their EURO2024 semi-final victory.

My wife and I join all our family in wishing you the warmest congratulations on reaching the final of the U.E.F.A. European Championship - and in sending our very best wishes...

10 July 2024

Royal Week 2024

02 July 2024
The King during the Ceremony of the Keys

The Queen's Armed Forces Day Message 2024

You are a source of inspiration, reassurance and pride – and I salute you all.

29 June 2024

The King's speech at the Japan State Banquet

For over four hundred years, our nations have inspired each other, learning from each other’s experience and enriching our industries, cuisines and cultures with elements...

25 June 2024

Japan State Visit

25 June 2024
King Charles III laughs with Emperor Naruhito
Press release 24 June 2024

A Statement from Buckingham Palace

Read more

Trooping the Colour 2024

15 June 2024
The balcony at Buckingham Palace

Remarks by The King at Presentation of New Colours, Number Nine Company, Second Battalion, The Irish Guards

Every guardsman standing here today is thus the Heir and Successor to the great legacy, the historic customs and fine traditions of your forebears within the Battalion.

10 June 2024

A speech by The King at the D-Day National Commemoration British Normandy Memorial, Ver-sur-Mer, on the 80th anniversary of D-Day

On the beaches of Normandy, in the seas beyond and in the skies overhead, our Armed Forces carried out their duty with a humbling sense of resolve and determination: qualities...

06 June 2024

A speech by The Princess Royal at Bayeux War Cemetery to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings

80 years on, let their memory still live on in our hearts.

06 June 2024

A speech by The King at the UK's National Commemorative Event in Portsmouth to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings

The stories of courage, resilience and solidarity which we have heard today, and throughout our lives, cannot fail to move us, to inspire us, and to remind us of what we owe...

05 June 2024

A message from The King to the United Nations 4th International Conference on Small Islands Developing States

Your future is our future. Our islands, our oceans, our planet and, ultimately, all of us need bold and determined action.

28 May 2024

A speech by Her Majesty The Queen at the Charleston Festival 2024

Books and gardens are faithful friends to whom we can always turn to. They both have the ability to comfort, to cheer and to connect us with people and nature, reminding us...

16 May 2024
Press release 04 May 2024

Royal Patronages Review

Read more

A speech delivered by The Queen at a Reception to recognise those who support survivors of sexual assault and to relaunch of the Washbags Project

Thank you for sharing your stories, thank you for your kindness, thank you for not remaining strangers to those enduring the darkest of times, and, most of all, thank you for...

01 May 2024

The Queen's speech at a reception to recognise those who support survivors of sexual assault

Your stories and your experiences are vital tools as we seek to bring about change: to forge a world in which people, whoever and wherever they are, do not live in fear of...

01 May 2024