The touching story behind the hymn played at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

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The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, concluded on Monday with United Kingdom’s nationwide anthem and the piper’s lament. Led by the Dean of Westminster, Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE, the service at Westminster Abbey paid tribute to the Queen’s “exceptional reign and lifelong service”, Buckingham Palace famous.

The service, which was attended by 2,000 visitors and was watched by billions throughout the world, included three hymns which have been sung at numerous occasions throughout the funeral. These hymns are – The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended, The Lord’s my Shepherd, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.

The second hymn – The Lord’s my Shepherd – held a particular place in the late monarch’s life and was one in every of her favourites. In 2016, it was featured in an inventory of her 10 favorite items of music. In addition to it, do you know that this hymn was additionally a poignant nod to Queen’s husband Prince Philip?

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The hymn, which comes from the twenty third Psalm in the Bible, was additionally sung at the wedding ceremony of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on November 20, 1947, in a particular ceremony that occurred in entrance of two,000 visitors. The couple was married for 73 years earlier than Prince Philip handed away on April 9, 2021.

According to, it was additionally sung at Queen’s father King George VI’s funeral in St George’s Chapel in 1952, however with barely completely different wording.

queen elizabeth funeral Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is carried throughout her funeral at the Westminster Abbey, in London (Source: AP)

Reportedly, the funeral service of the Queen had been deliberate with quite a few inputs from the Queen earlier than her demise with this hymn being one in every of them.

Here are the wordings of The Lord is My Shepherd:

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not need;
He makes me lie in pastures inexperienced.
He leads me by the nonetheless, nonetheless waters,
His goodness restores my soul.

And I’ll belief in You alone,
And I’ll belief in You alone,
For Your infinite mercy follows me,
Your goodness will lead me dwelling.

He guides my methods in righteousness,
And He anoints my head with oil,
And my cup, it overflows with pleasure,
I feast on His pure delights.

And although I stroll the darkest path,
I cannot worry the evil one,
For You are with me, and Your rod and employees
Are the consolation I have to know.

During the funeral, it was sung by all attendees and was adopted by UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’ studying of the second lesson.

Queen Elizabeth II handed away on September 8, 2022, three months after her Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking her unprecedented 70 years on the British throne.

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