Archbishop Justin Welby Said This At Queen’s Funeral

Many pieces of music played at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral were chosen for theirspecial significance to both the Queen and Westminster Abbey.

One of the songs was ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’. The song was also sung atElizabeth’s wedding to Prince Philip in 1947 at the same church.

The song ‘O Taste and See’ was written by Ralph Vaughan Williams for theQueen’s coronation ceremony in 1953, which also took place at WestminsterAbbey. Williams’ ashes are interred in the famous abbey.

The hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Exceeding” was sung at the wedding of theQueen’s grandson, Prince William, to Catherine in 2011.

Listen to a snippet of The Lord ‘s My Shephard below.

Much of the music for the Windsor service later Monday is by composer WilliamHenry Harris, who was also the chapel’s organist between 1933 and 1961. He issaid to have taught the Queen to play the piano as a child.

the sermon

The service was led by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, amongothers. He quoted in his sermon Elizabeth’s promise she made on her 21stbirthday to dedicate her life to service. “Rarely has such a promise been sowell kept. Few leaders receive the outpouring of love we have seen.”

“Those who serve will be loved and remembered, while those who cling to powerand privilege are long forgotten,” Welby said in his sermon.

Welby’s musings, addressed to the 2,000 in attendance at Westminster Abbey,centered on eternal life after death, a central message of traditionalChristian funerals.

Own input

The service was taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, the official prayerbook of the Church of England. The Queen is said to have been fond of thisbook, along with the hymns and readings the Queen had personally chosen forher funeral.

View the funeral liturgy here

One of the readings was from the Bible book of John, which contains the famoussaying of Jesus: “I am the way, the truth and the life”. In the run-up toQueen Elizabeth’s funeral, the Archbishop spoke in an interview about hisrelationship with the British Queen and about her life of faith.

Watch the conversation with Justin Welby below.

God save the king

The service at Westminster Abbey concluded with the national anthem ‘God savethe king’. King Charles was the only one not to sing along, because the songis addressed to him. Charles’ 9-year-old grandson, Prince George, and hisgranddaughter Charlotte (7) also sang the national anthem.

After the memorial service at Westminster Abbey, another service followed inWindsor. About 800 people were invited to the service at St George’s Chapel,including Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

Read here which royals were also at the funeral.


At the beginning of the service in St George’s Chapel, Pastor David Connorpraised Queen Elizabeth’s service to the country. “Here in the chapel whereshe has prayed so often, we are reminded of one whose uncomplicated yetprofound Christian faith has borne so much fruit, fruiting in a life ofunwavering service to the nation, the Commonwealth and the world at large. Butalso in kindness, concern and reassuring concern for her family, friends andneighbors.”

“In a fast-paced and often troubled world, her calm and dignified presence hasgiven us confidence to face the future with courage and hope. With gratefulhearts, we reflect on these and many other ways her long life has blessed us.We pray that God will give us grace to honor her memory by following her