Former Archbishop of York: Queen Elizabeth II didn’t want a ‘long, dull’ funeral

In an interview on Sunday, John Sentamu, who used to be the Archbishop of York, said that Queen Elizabeth II told him she didn’t want a “long and boring” funeral.

The interview was shown on the BBC show “Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg” before the funeral of the late monarch on Monday morning. Sentamu, who was Archbishop of York from 2005 to 2020, said that he has been helping plan the Queen’s funeral service for the past 17 years.

“The Queen did not want what you call long, boring services, and she never did,” he said. The Telegraph says that when asked if the royal told him that directly, he said, “Oh yeah, yeah, yeah.”

Sentamu gave more information about the upcoming event. He said that people can listen to the “angelic voices of the choir of the Abbey and the Chapels Royal” and “wonderful English at its best” from funeral prayer books from 1662. The former archbishop said he doesn’t think the funeral will be boring but will instead warm people’s hearts and “help them reach glory.” 
Sentamu also said that the Queen, who was married to Prince Philip for 73 years, sent him a letter four weeks after his funeral. He said that she thanked him for his help and ended the letter by saying, “It’s not easy to grieve in public for someone you love very much.”

“My advice to the new king and the rest of the Royal Family would be that they should find a place to grieve,” he said.

In closing, the priest talked about how, in 2018, he went to see the Queen to ask for permission to step down as archbishop. He said he asked the Queen to pray for him, and for three minutes she stood with her hands around his.

I would tell the Queen, “Ma’am, on July 12, 2018, you took my weight off my shoulders. Monday is the last day that the Queen’s body will lie in state before her funeral. About 2,000 people are expected to attend the funeral at Westminster Abbey in London. The funeral will also be shown on TV, and billions of people are likely to watch.

Since her death on September 8, when she was 96 years old, members of the royal family have talked about how sad they are.

In a statement released on September 10, Prince William said that even though he misses his grandmother, whom he called “Grannie,” he feels “incredibly grateful.” In a BBC interview that came out on Sunday, Camilla, the Queen Consort, talked about her royal mother-in-law’s blue eyes and smile.

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