7 Sacred Songs Sung at Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III
King Charles III and members of the Royal Family follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial Crown of State and the Sovereign’s Orb and Scepter, as performed at Westminster Abbey after his state funeral on September 19, 2022. |

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, was honored with a full state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, followed by a procession to Windsor Castle for a burial service at the Saint-Georges chapel where she will be buried in the royal vault.

A devout Christian and monarch whose authority included the leadership of the Church of England, Elizabeth II’s funeral included several sacred hymns and choral pieces. At St. George’s Chapel, the service opened with the choir singing Psalm 121, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills”, said to be among the late monarch’s favourites.

“The musical part of the Order of Service for the late Queen’s burial is exactly what one would expect,” wrote classical music critic Ivan Hewett of The Telegraph.

“It’s rooted in the traditions of royal funerals past, in a variety of musical styles ranging from Jacobean formality to Edwardian sentiment, with just a very slight whiff of ‘modern music’. There are also subtle nods to the musical tastes and loyalty to the Queen…”

Here are seven pieces of sacred music performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. They include popular hymns and notable choral pieces that have a long history.

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