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Music expected to play at The Queen's funeral – Diana style tribute and hymns
Queen Elizabeth II, will be held today (September 19, 2022).Members of royal families from across the globe, including Commonwealth and world leaders, are expected to attend the service at Westminster Abbey, London at 11am.Although no further details of the service itself have been announced by the Royal Family, it is expected that the funeral will include music.READ NEXT: What will the royal family wear to the Queen's funeral? Uniforms explainedRoyal funerals in the past have featured hymns and more recently, special tributes by musicians, and here, Daily Star takes a look at the music we could expect to hear at the service.This would not be uncommon, as royal funerals in recent decades have included music that has been linked closely to the lives and service of those who have died - including those of The Duke Of Edinburgh and Princess Diana.At Princess Diana's funeral in 1997, the musical choices are reported to have been chosen to reflect Diana as a person.These include John Tavener's Song for Athene and Libera Me, and Domine from Verdi's Requiem.The Duke Of Edinburgh's funeral service also included the hymn Eternal Father, Strong To Save, in a nod to Prince Phillip's service in the Royal Navy.Although it is not known what music will be played at the service, it is likely that The Queen's funeral will follow precedent and feature songs that will pay tribute to the monarch's life and dedication to the throne.It is possible that The Queen's funeral could include songs and hymns chosen by the monarch before her death.Prior to the death of Princess Margaret, The Queen's sister had chosen her own funeral service to be centred around the musical piece Faure's Requiem.
Queen's touching tribute to love-of-her-life Philip hidden in plain sight at memorial
The Queen was heavily involved in the planning of yesterday's memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip and left a beautiful tribute to him hidden in plain sight.The heartbroken monarch ensured there were plenty of personal touches at the event at Westminster Abbey - despite the congregation being 1,800 strong.Among the sweet tributes was one dated back to the day Her Majesty married Philip in November 1947 - in the same Abbey.That's because the flowers in the church for the memorial service were in shades of patriotic red, white and blue, with larger arrangements featuring blue eryngium – known as sea holly – a nod to the duke’s career in the Royal Navy, and his lifelong affection for the sea, Mirror reports.However, the smaller posies included white dendrobium orchids - the flowers that appeared in Princess Elizabeth’s wedding bouquet when she married Philip in 1947.The Queen is said to have personally requested orchids to be included in her wedding bouquet.The rest of the service itself also featured several of Prince Philip's poignant last requests that were finally honoured almost a year from his funeral.When he died last April aged 99, England was still in the grip of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.This meant his funeral, held on April 17 at St George's Chapel in Windsor, was a much scaled-back service, with just 30 guests and no singing by the guests.It had been Philip's express wishes for the congregation to join and sing the rousing hymn Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer at his funeral.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.The hymn was sung by a small choir, guests at his funeral were not allowed to join in but yesterday (March 29),