The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will be one of the most remembered in the entire world. Well, for better or for worse, Isabel became the monarch who has lasted the longest reign with 70 years.
According to figures from the Los Angeles Time website, the funeral was attended by two thousand dignitaries and guests, in addition to King Charles III and other members of the royal family, as well as world leaders, including the president of the United States, Joe Biden.
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However, the funeral acts will also be remembered for curious facts, such as the coffin where Queen Elizabeth II was buried, since it was lined with lead. Here we will explain the reason for this decision.
Why was Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin lined in lead?
According to what was published by the portal El Tiempox, the coffin where the body of Queen Elizabeth II is found was manufactured by the Henry Smith company 30 years ago. This company also made the coffin in which the remains of her husband, Prince Philip of Edinburgh, rest, it was also lined in lead.
The British press maintains that this is a tradition that the royal family has followed since Victorian times, when it was necessary to seal the bodies to rest on the ground. remember that Elizabeth I was buried in a lead-lined wooden coffin in 1603.
what is lead for
The lead-lined casket helps preserve the body for up to a year by slowing the decomposition process, and makes the casket airtight and prevents moisture from entering. Another advantage is that it ensures that the smell and toxins of the corpse do not escape and harm the environment.
They also report that the coffin can weigh at least 550 pounds (249 kilograms), or a quarter of a ton, and up to 700 pounds (318 kg), which is why it requires eight pallbearers to transport it, instead of the usual six. .
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