Nigerian-born cleric, others to officiate at Queen’s funeral

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A Nigerian-born cleric, Pastor Agu Irukwu, has been listed among officiating ministers at the funeral of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, set to hold on Monday.

A copy of the funeral order of events obtained by The PUNCH on Monday showed that Irukwu, the senior pastor of Jesus House, United Kingdom, was among the representatives of the churches in England at the funeral.

Other clerics from the churches of England include the National Leader, Assemblies of God, Pastor Glyn Barrett; Archbishop of Westminister, His Eminence Cardinal VincentMichols; among others.

Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest on Monday after a state funeral attended by leaders from around the world and a historic last ceremonial journey through the packed streets of London.

The longest-serving monarch in British history died aged 96 at Balmoral, her Scottish Highland retreat, on September 8 after a year of declining health.

She was succeeded by her 73-year-old eldest son, King Charles III, who late Sunday said he and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, had been “deeply touched” by the public’s flood of messages.

Britain last held a state funeral in 1965 for the country’s wartime prime minister Winston Churchill.

Britain’s global reach has diminished much in the six decades since, and its place in the modern world has become less certain.

But the country will still dig deep into its centuries of tradition to honour the only monarch most Britons have ever known.

Many people have camped out for days to witness pageantry’s elaborate spectacle and pay their final respects.


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