The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

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Liz Truss, the prime minister of the UK, reads the second lesson from John 14:1–9.

Truss had been on the job for less than two weeks; he met the Queen two days before the monarch’s death to formally take up the role, in what would be the last act of Elizabeth II’s official service.

His reading was followed by a choral rendition by Judith Weir, Master of the King’s Music.

“Let not your hearts be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: otherwise I would have told you,” Truss read.

“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; so that where I am, there you may be also .and the way you know.

“Thomas said to him, Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father, but through me .If you have known me, you have known my Father also: and from now on you know him, and you have seen him.

“Philip said to him, Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us. Jesus said to him, I have been with you for a long time, and do you not yet know me, Philip? He who saw me has seen the Father.”