The Dean of Westminster gave the “Bid” which is an introductory prayer.
“Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we gather from all parts of the nation, of the Commonwealth, and of the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, and remember her long life of dedicated service, and in the sure confidence to abide by the mercy of God, our Creator and Redeemer,” said the brigadier general.
“With gratitude we remember her steadfast commitment to a high mission over many years as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. With admiration we remember her enduring sense of duty and devotion to her people. And with thanksgiving, we thank God for her enduring example of Christian faith and devotion. And with affection we remember her love for her family and commitment to the causes dear to her.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver the sermon.
In her role as Queen, Queen Elizabeth was head of the Church of England. King Charles III will now take over this role.