What is the secret of breaking the wand over the coffin of Queen Elizabeth?

20 September, 2022
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What is the secret of breaking the wand over the coffin of Queen Elizabeth?

After the body of the late British Queen Elizabeth II was buried at the royal mausoleum in George V Chapel in Windsor Palace, on Monday 9/19/2022, the scene of the stick breaking over the coffin raised several questions.

The solemn official funeral ceremonies witnessed some unique traditions of the British monarchy, including the playing of two classical pieces composed by musician Johann Sebastian Bach, and the chief custodian of the royal court, Lord Chamberlain, broke a stick over the coffin of the late queen. This tradition is known as "breaking the wand", which is a symbolic sign of the end of the service of the chief custodian of the royal court. After the wand is broken and the service of the current lord has ended, King Charles will duly appoint a new lord of his own and will receive a new wand in office.

The chief trustee, the largest position in the royal court, is responsible for overseeing all departments and staff, organizing royal events and serving as a link between the King and the House of Lords.

Stick symbolism The wand is known as the “office wand.” In ancient times, it was used to discipline court men if they were too riotous.

The symbolic breaking of this stick is a traditional part of every king's funeral, but it will be the first time the public has witnessed such an act since 1952 during the funeral of King George VI.

At the end of the ceremony presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the custodian of the royal jewels removed the crown, royal ball and sceptre from the top of the sarcophagus, and thus the Queen was separated from her crown for the last time.

It is noteworthy that the ceremony was attended by about two thousand people, with an unprecedented political presence, including US President Joe Biden, Emperor Naruhito of Japan and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan.


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