The Queen

The Queen

The Queen died on the 8th September, 2022 at the age of 96 years. Her life represented a reign of 70 years, celebrated in June this year at her Platinum Jubilee. The plan for the Queen Elizabeth 11’s funeral was called London Bridge

Operation Unicorn was employed first because the Queen died in Balmoral, always referred to as her happy place. As the Queen became gravely ill members of the royal family rushed to Balmoral, her dearly loved summer home in Scotland

The Queen was involved in designing the ceremonies for her funeral, the plans were said to be made a long time ago, decades ago. Many elements were different for Her Majesty’s funeral, things that she herself wanted to happen, along with flowers collected from several royal gardens to rest on top of her coffin

She was first transported by road from Balmoral and then by rail link to Edinburgh.

The Queen was then transported by airplane to Buckingham Palace and then to Westminster Hall to allow time for everyone to pay their respects to a much-loved Sovereign. A Queen who impacted people from all walks of life.

Thousands of members of the armed forces were represented. The coffin was carried by the gun carriage of the Royal Navy, the same one that carried her father to his funeral.

On the day of the funeral the first procession was from Westminster Hall, crossing Parliament Square to the Abbey accompanied by a Pipe Band, armed forces personnel, the Royal Family and dignitaries.

The second procession after the funeral service was much longer, accompanied by thousands of armed forces personnel and civilians, several military bands. Again, walking behind were the royal family and households to the Wellington Arch, where the coffin was taken by hearse to Windsor.

The final step was led by the State Hearse towards St George’s Chapel in Buckingham Palace.

During the mourning period before the funeral service, King Charles 111 greeted queuing mourners. Shaking hands and pausing to let people express their sorrow their love for the Queen. Prince William followed after him doing the same, their intention clear, to let people know that their love and devotion to the Queen was so appreciated. They both listened to people and gave reassuring gestures of patting their arms and clasping hands.

Demonstrating a Royal family united in grief and duty for Queen, Prince William, Princess Catherine and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Duchess of Sussex also walked out of the Palace together to greet and thank people for their show of love. They shook hands and talked with so many who had made the pilgrimage to honour the Queen. They often stopped and listened and talked to people and took flowers and gifts to lay by the gates, where already there were hundreds of flower tributes, cards and notes.

2,000,000 people turned out to show their love and respect as millions of viewers were glued to their T.V’s to watch every moment.

All members of the Royal Family have been involved in all the Celebrations of Queen Elizabeth 11’s life. Dressed beautifully and dignified they participated in all events in respect of their relationship and love for their Queen, their Mum, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

During the 10 days of mourning that led to her funeral, Vigils were kept around her coffin, by Her Majesty’s children and then by her grandchildren, as mourners passed by the coffin to bow and say goodbye.

Main State funeral took place at Westminster Abbey on the 19th September 2022. We remember for her Majesty, this was also a place of joy, her wedding and her coronation service took place here. Some 2,000 people attended the funeral service. People attending represented the tapestry of Queen Elizabeth 11’s service and life. All people from a every fabric of the community gathered to celebrate her life and say Goodbye.

Her coffin was again placed on the gun carriage to go from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service

On the way to the funeral, the streets were crowded. The Queen’s pony Emma and her groom were represented as were two of her Corgis Sandy and Muick.

The navy sailors were in front and behind the gun carriage, with linked arms to guide the reins of the carriage, each sailor with such determination on their faces, precision in their movements, participating in transporting their sovereign Queen Elizabeth 11. All military service personnel were dressed in their respective grand dress uniforms, such a magnificent sight. The bagpipes played; members of the royal family walked the slow walk behind, the loud single bell sounding over the bag pipes 96 times for every year of the Queen’s life. Eight young soldiers formerly shouldered the very heavy lead lined oak coffin, into the chapel. The Royal insignia, her Crown, the sceptre, and the Orb representing her reign. Previously the wreath had been white flowers, for the funeral they were bright beautiful colours; both lots of flowers had been picked from Palace gardens. Myrtle was amongst the flowers, which had been grown from a sprig out of her wedding bouquet.

The lone Piper was the same man who played to wake her every morning.

Beautiful little Princess Charlotte, cried as the coffin was carried in. Her Mother reached down to comfort her. Many others who were trying to remain stoic said they almost broke down, as they saw the sadness on Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s faces, as they walked behind their Gan Gan’s coffin, they watched as Charlotte motioned for George to bow when the coffin passed.

King Charles wiped back tears as he sang in the chapel, he looked grief stricken through the service. The weight of it all had come crashing down.

The Queens Coffin was lowered in Windsor Castle in an intimate ceremony in St George’s chapel. King Charles 111 placed the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the head of the coffin, the Lord Chamberlain broke in two his wand of Office.

As the coffin was about to be lowered, the Dean of Windsor, Right Reverend David Connor read the final Scripture

Ending with ..’ Even so is the Lord merciful unto those who fear him, for he knoweth where of we are made. He remembereth that we are but dust, The days of man are but as grass, for he flourisheth as flowers of the field. For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone. And the place thereof, shall know it now more, but the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon those that fear Him and his righteousness upon children’s children. Go Forth upon thy journey from this world oh Christian soul, in the name of God the Father Almighty who created thee, in name of the Jesus Christ who suffered for thee, in the name of the Holy Spirit who strengtheneth thee, in communion with the blessed saints and aided by the angels and arch angels, and all the armies of the Heavenly host. May thy portion this day be in peace and thy dwelling in the Heavenly Jerusalem.’ Amen.

As the Queen was lowered into the vault where Prince Philip is resting, the Lone Piper played in the hallways and faded off into the distance.

To the Family the Archbishop of Canterbury commended them –

‘Go Forth with courage’ followed by the National Anthem ‘God save the King’ as Charles cried.

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My family and friends were very happy with every aspect of the preparation and celebration of the end of my wife. When I knew the end was near I spoke to Yvonne who explained to me what would happen and this was done with delicacy and tact. When the end came Yvonne came to our house and explained every aspect of what would happen. We explained what we wanted for Margaret's farewell and nothing was too much trouble for Yvonne to explain or discuss. On the day of the funeral everything went like clockwork and all my relatives and friends told me how impressed they were. So thank you to Yvonne for being celebrant and MC at the farewell and thank you to all the Lady Anne team. If I were asked to score the service my family received  it would be ten out of ten.
Dick Hodge
I would like to thank you and the whole team at Lady Anne Funerals for making mums funeral the perfect goodbye. The funeral was everything and so much more than mum wanted. Nothing seemed to be too hard and that made my time far simpler than i had expected. 
The whole day was perfect and we noticed with love all the special touches from the bookmarks to the candle to the display screen with Iris's. Thank you so much. Your team felt like part of the family rather than people doing a job.
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I want to send a heartfelt 'thank you’ to you both, and your team, for your compassion and your assistance in taking meticulous care of Dad and arranging such a beautiful end of life service for him. Within a matter of only a few days, which included a weekend, you were able to organise the perfect service tailored to our requests.

Not only did you organise the attendance of the RSL representative, you also went to considerable trouble to download the music and videos we had chosen, in a format that could be utilised in the service.We greatly appreciated your guidance too with organising the order of service and arranging a printed copy of the tributes for one of our friends who was deaf.

Thank you Yvonne for doing a magnificent job as the celebrant. We greatly appreciated you reading our tributes to Maurie on the family’s behalf. Thank you too for reading the poem, 'The Dash’ so beautifully.

It was comforting for our family and friends to come together in a more intimate setting, which your chapel provides. The light refreshments, which followed the service, were ideal, allowing the family to stay on and share their memories.

Dad quite often had high expectations of the way things should be done, bless him, so I was particularly mindful of doing him proud with this last expression of our love for him and a tribute to his long and meaningful life. We achieved this, with your help, and I know he would have been deeply touched and honoured. Thank you for you for all you did.


"I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your amazing team. I couldn’t have asked for things to go any better. Everything was perfect. And your ladies were beautiful. Your Yvonne is amazing. She is patient, compassionate, caring and delivers perfection in all the elements of the proceedings. She has been an absolute Gem.

Once again thank you so very much. I would highly recommend anyone to use your company if they want a perfect funeral service. 5 star service. 5 star outcome.

There were multiple compliments on the service, on your ladies and on the care from the attendees. I’m more than happy for you to post this on any media platform as a compliment and tribute to your company.

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Anne Leslie
“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

Lee Dowdall

“We wish to thank you for having helped us put together a beautiful farewell for our mother, one which she would have been delighted with.

It was a difficult day and it would have been worse without your synchronised, seamless and consistent presence as well as attention to detail.

We value your candour as the people you are and the very sensitive manner in which you conducted the service.

Thanking you from the bottom of our hearts,

The Pastore Family
Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
Daughter of the late Sveta Dordevich
Lady Anne Funerals has the compassion, understanding and empathy that many of the larger funeral homes do not possess. My aunts funeral was dignified and classy everything she deserved. I would highly recommend Lady Anne (and have) as they go above and beyond.
Joanne Marks
I am overwhelmed with the feedback on how beautiful it all was from all who attended. You and the other ladies were wonderful, looked so elegant, and made the day so very special for all who loved Paul.
Barbara Sommerville Enright
Karen and her staff treated us with the utmost respect we could not have been in better hands during this difficult time. My mum had organised her funeral with a prepaid funeral plan which she had purchased from Karen almost ten years ago this also made this upsetting time much easier to deal with and she got all the things that she wished for.
Malcolm Ellis
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Lady Anne Funerals for a beautiful service yesterday for my aunt Dot. All who attended commented on how lovely the service was & the professionalism of all the staff. Thanks again very much for helping making a sad day one of celebration of Dot’s life.
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