Ritual involving Queen’s grave and long pole will ‘free all staff from her’

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A long white pole will be broken during the Queen's funeral to 'free' her staff from their service to her in a quirky ritual.

The pole, known as the staff of office, will be broken by the Lord Chamberlain, Baron Parker of Minsmere, in a ceremonial act symbolising the end of his service to Her late Majesty.

Tradition dictates the hugely symbolic and little-known act over the Queen's grave releases her staff from service to her.

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It is carried out by the former MI5 spy chief as part of his role as the most senior official of the Royal Household, who carries a white staff and a gold key on ceremonial occasions as the symbols of his office.

His is responsible for organising ceremonial activities including state visits, the State Opening of Parliament and funerals.

And it will come after another quirky tradition that will see King Charles III scatter earth taken from every part of the UK on his late mother.

The Queen's coffin will be taken from Westminster Abbey, where the state funeral will take place, to Windsor Castle for a televised service of committal, where the ceremonial acts will be undertaken.

Later, senior members of the Royal Family will gather for a private interment service before the Queen is laid to rest in the King George VI memorial chapel.

Discussing the plans on Good Morning America, Royal Commentator Alastair Bruce said: “People are moved by a moment and I think we’ve seen the United Kingdom certainly stuck by losing somebody who I thought many of us thought would never die.

“She’s reminded us all of our mortality and for that, as human beings, we should be very grateful.”

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The Queen will be placed alongside her mother and father and the ashes of her late sister Princess Margaret, who died in 2002.

And in another poignant tribute, the coffin of her beloved late husband, Prince Philip, will be moved from the Royal Vault to join her.

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