As the world watched Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, one altar boy managed to steal the show.
The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey in London as royalty and world leaders commemorated Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
Elizabeth died aged 96 on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, and her funeral at the abbey was a solemn occasion marked by centuries of tradition.
The music was performed by the Westminster Abbey Choir, with 30 altar boys aged 8 to 13 and 12 adult singers, all led by Music Director James O’Donnell.
The singers performed three hymns, two hymns and two new works created for the funeral by Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan.
One of the altar boys caught the attention of onlookers at home who dubbed him the funeral “MVP” for his dedication to music.
“Shout out to the little Ginger choir rocking. Boy knows this is watched by a billion and he’s into it,” one person commented on Twitter.
A second added: “The little redhead in the choir seems to be singing from the depths of his soul.”
A third wrote, “The little ginger boy in the front left row of the choir steals the show. Well done, little man,” and a fourth tweeted, “The ginger boy in the choir is the MVP.”
A Twitter user claimed to know the altar boy and called him Barnaby.
“Aside but this choir boy (red hair) is called Barnaby and he was born when my daughter was and her mother and my wife used to walk the streets of Bow in E[ast] London together because the two babies have not slept! He is now an altar boy in Westminster, my daughter is watching Netflix!” wrote Twitter user @duncanshrubsole.
The choir was created at the end of the 14th century when Westminster Abbey was a Benedictine monastery.
It was created to perform at daily services, but also at major royal and national occasions held at the Abbey, such as the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Diamond Jubilee service of the queen.
The Queen’s coffin left Westminster Hall at 10.44am on Monday in a short procession to the Abbey where her funeral was attended by royalty, world leaders and other notable guests.
Her children, King Charles III, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward walked behind the coffin, followed by Princes William and Harry.
After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin was taken in a procession through London to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner.
Thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects to Elizabeth as the parade passed London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Pall Mall.
From Wellington Arch, the Queen’s body will be put into the State Hearse and transported to Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
There, a second service will be held at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, and the Queen will be laid to rest in a private ceremony where King Charles III will lay earth on the coffin before it is lowered into the Royal Vault. .
Elizabeth will be buried alongside her father, King George VI, her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and her sister, Princess Margaret.