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Queen’s funeral: King leads Royal Family in procession as coffin is carried from Westminster Abbey in final journey English Headline


THE Queen has begun her final journey following an emotional state funeral service.

King Charles is leading the Royal Family in a sombre procession behind Her Majesty’s coffin as it makes its way from Westminster Abbey to Windsor.

Members of the Royal Family follow the Queen's coffin on its final journey

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Members of the Royal Family follow the Queen’s coffin on its final journey
The Queen's coffin during the slow procession at 75 paces a minute

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The Queen’s coffin during the slow procession at 75 paces a minuteCredit: AFP
A sombre procession as Her Majesty's coffin begins in journey to Windsor

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A sombre procession as Her Majesty’s coffin begins in journey to Windsor
Prince William and his father the King at the Queen's state funeral

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Prince William and his father the King at the Queen’s state funeralCredit: Reuters

He is joined by his brothers Andrew and Edward and sister Anne, as well as Princes William and Harry and other members of the Firm.

Guardsman and members of the Armed Forces follow behind, walking at 75 paces a minute.

The Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, Duchess of Sussex and Countess of Wessex are following by car.

The procession of seven groups, each with a military band, will travel via Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, The Mall, past Buckingham Palace and Constitution Hill to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.

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While 1,000 armed forces from the UK and Commonwealth line the mile-long route, British Legion standard bearers flank the Cenotaph, King’s Life Guards turn out on Horse Guards Parade and King’s Guard salute the coffin at Victoria Memorial near Buckingham Palace.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire minute guns in Hyde Park and Big Ben will toll during the procession. 

It will arrive at Wellington Arch, where the bearer party lifts the Queen’s coffin from the State Gun Carriage into the glass-backed State Hearse, which Her Majesty helped design. 

Bands of the Scots and Grenadier Guards play a medley of the Queen’s favourites, including Jerusalem and I Vow To Thee My Country as the coffin arrives.

As the hearse leaves the monument for Windsor, the parade will give a Royal Salute and play the National Anthem.

The King, the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales, along with other Royal Family members, will then leave for Windsor by car, travelling along the M4.

Thousands of mourners have lined the A4, A30 and A308 to see the State Hearse as it makes the 25-mile journey.

The State Hearse will arrive at Windsor Great Park through Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road and on to Long Walk, where tens of thousands of people will bid a final farewell to the Queen.

At the head of the procession, the hearse will travel up Long Walk, through Cambridge Gate and George IV Gate to the Quadrangle.

It will then make its way to St George’s Chapel, where a televised committal service will take place in St George’s Chapel at 4pm.

It follows an emotional one-hour state funeral, watched by billions around the world.

Charles, 73, appeared to wipe away a tear as he followed his late mother being carried into Westminster Abbey this morning.

Senior royals in the front row at the Queen's state funeral

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Senior royals in the front row at the Queen’s state funeralCredit: PA
The King appeared emotional as he followed his late mother's coffin

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The King appeared emotional as he followed his late mother’s coffin
Emotional members of the royal family follow Her Majesty's coffin

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Emotional members of the royal family follow Her Majesty’s coffinCredit: PA
Members of the royal family during the emotional service

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Members of the royal family during the emotional serviceCredit: AFP
The Princess of Wales, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince William and Princess Charlotte

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The Princess of Wales, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince William and Princess CharlotteCredit: Getty
James, Viscount Severn appeared overcome with grief

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James, Viscount Severn appeared overcome with grief
The coffin is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey

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The coffin is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster AbbeyCredit: Getty
The King appeared to wipe away a tear during the service

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The King appeared to wipe away a tear during the service
An emotional looking Prince Harry with his eyes closed as the world pays homage to his grandmother

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An emotional looking Prince Harry with his eyes closed as the world pays homage to his grandmotherCredit: AP
Sophie Wessex dabs her eyes

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Sophie Wessex dabs her eyes
The coffin is placed near the altar at Westminster Abbey

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The coffin is placed near the altar at Westminster AbbeyCredit: AP
Other royals appeared deep in thought during the service

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Other royals appeared deep in thought during the service

The monarch walked in solemn procession behind Her Majesty’s coffin, draped in the Royal Standard flag, and topped with her Crown, Orb and Sceptre.

He was accompanied by her other children Andrew, Anne and Edward, and grandchildren Princes William and Harry.

The family then took their seats alongside leaders from around the world to say goodbye to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

And they all appeared deeply moved by the big day, being watched by billions across the globe.

At several points, the King, James, Viscount Severn, and Sophie Wessex seemed to have tears in their eyes.

They then bowed their heads, faces stricken with grief, during a poignant two minute’s silence, followed by the national anthem.

Trumpeters then sounded Reveille before the slow procession out of the Abbey began.

Hundreds of thousands of mourners have lined the streets outside the Abbey for the service – the climax of what has been described as the biggest security operation the UK has ever seen

Some dedicated royal fans have even been camping out since Friday to bag the best spots – and by 9am, all public viewing areas along the procession route were full.

They are all hoping to catch one last glimpse of Her Majesty before she makes her way from London to Windsor to be reunited with her husband Prince Philip, who died last year aged 99.

Billions more are tuning in from pubs, cinemas, outdoor big screens, cathedrals and their living rooms across the globe to experience the once-in-a-lifetime event – expected to be the most watched broadcast of all time.

Some 2,000 people – including heads of state, prime ministers, presidents and European royals – have gathered at Westminster Abbey to remember the late monarch.

The world has literally come together – from US President Joe Biden to France’s Emmanuel Macron, and Emperor of Japan Naruhito to Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Also among them is George and Charlotte, who walked behind their grandmother’s coffin as it was carried through the Gothic church by the military bearer party.

Their parents, William and Kate, both 40, are said to believe it important they attend the historic occasion and say a proper goodbye to the woman they called “Gan Gan”.

The King and the Queen Consort marched immediately behind the casket, followed by the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

George, nine, and seven-year-old Charlotte walked with their parents in a side-by-side formation, followed by their uncle and aunt the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other members of the royal family.

Prince Louis, four, the youngest of the Wales children, is not present.

Before the service, conducted by the Very Rev David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, the tenor bell tolled every 60 seconds for 96 minutes, reflecting the years of the life of the Queen, who passed away “peacefully” at Balmoral on September 8, sparking an outpouring of grief around the world.

He later said in the bidding: “Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we gather from across the nation, from the Commonwealth, and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to remember her long life of selfless service.”

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The Queen’s Piper, Warrant Officer Class 1 (Pipe Major) Paul Burns, will play the traditional lament Sleep, Dearie, Sleep after The Last Post, two minutes’ silence, Reveille and the national anthem.

Baroness Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, delivered the First Lesson taken from Corinthians 15.

The verses included the lines: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.”

Prime Minister Liz Truss then read the second lesson for mourners gathered in the Abbey, taken from John 14, before the Archbishop of Canterbury told mourners the “grief” felt around the world over her death “arises from her abundant life and loving service”.

He added: “She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.”

She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.

Archbishop of Canterbury

At 12.15pm, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then travel to Windsor.

The hearse will then travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a televised committal service will take place in St George’s Chapel at 4pm.

The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service, with prayers said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park.

The chapel’s choir will sing, and after the penultimate hymn, the imperial state crown, the orb and the sceptre will be moved from the Queen’s coffin to the altar.

After the final hymn, the King will place the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin, while the Lord Chamberlain breaks his Wand of Office and places it on the coffin.

The Dean of Windsor will say a psalm and the Commendation while the coffin is lowered into the royal vault.

After this, the Sovereign’s Piper will play a lament and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing, before the congregation sings the national anthem.

Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Philip’s coffin will move from the royal vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

The King, Queen Consort, Princess Anne and her husband as a hymn is sung

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The King, Queen Consort, Princess Anne and her husband as a hymn is sung
The Princess of Wales, wearing the Queen's necklaces, on her way to the service

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The Princess of Wales, wearing the Queen’s necklaces, on her way to the serviceCredit: EPA
His siblings also seemed deeply moved by the solemn procession

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His siblings also seemed deeply moved by the solemn processionCredit: pixel8000
An aerial view of the Abbey

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An aerial view of the Abbey
Meghan Markle arrives at the service, accompanied by Prince Harry

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Meghan Markle arrives at the service, accompanied by Prince Harry
Mourners watch as the Queen is carried through Westminster Abbey

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Mourners watch as the Queen is carried through Westminster Abbey
King Charles and his siblings at the funeral of the Queen

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King Charles and his siblings at the funeral of the QueenCredit: Reuters
Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince George and Princess Charlotte

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Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince George and Princess CharlotteCredit: Reuters
The royals walk behind the Queen's coffin at her state funeral

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The royals walk behind the Queen’s coffin at her state funeral
Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers a reading during the state funeral

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Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers a reading during the state funeralCredit: Getty
Princes William and Harry following a gun carriage carrying the coffin of their grandmother

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Princes William and Harry following a gun carriage carrying the coffin of their grandmotherCredit: AP
Prince George and and the Princess of Wales arrive at the state funeral

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Prince George and and the Princess of Wales arrive at the state funeralCredit: PA
The King and Queen Consort Camilla arrive to take their seats

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The King and Queen Consort Camilla arrive to take their seatsCredit: AFP
The coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, with the Imperial State Crown resting on top

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The coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, with the Imperial State Crown resting on topCredit: Getty
The Queen's children follow their mother's casket in a solemn procession

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The Queen’s children follow their mother’s casket in a solemn procession
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed on a gun carriage

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed on a gun carriageCredit: AP
King Charles is seen on The Mall ahead of the state funeral

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King Charles is seen on The Mall ahead of the state funeralCredit: Reuters
The coffin with the Imperial State Crown resting on top

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The coffin with the Imperial State Crown resting on topCredit: Getty
The Duke of Sussex standing with his family as they salute during the funeral

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The Duke of Sussex standing with his family as they salute during the funeralCredit: Reuters
The royals arriving at the Abbey

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The royals arriving at the AbbeyCredit: Getty
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Hall for her funeral service

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Hall for her funeral service
Mourners gathered inside Westminster Abbey for the Queen's state funeral

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Mourners gathered inside Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s state funeralCredit: Getty
Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children George and Charlotte

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Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children George and CharlotteCredit: AFP
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle travelling to the Abbey

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle travelling to the AbbeyCredit: Reuters
Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence arrive by car

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Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence arrive by carCredit: Getty
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Westminster Abbey

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US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Westminster AbbeyCredit: PA
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron walking into the Abbey

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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron walking into the AbbeyCredit: AFP

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A previously unseen portrait of the Queen released the day before the funeral, taken in May

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A previously unseen portrait of the Queen released the day before the funeral, taken in MayCredit: PA
Queues of people form along The Mall ahead of the state funeral

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Queues of people form along The Mall ahead of the state funeralCredit: Getty
The final mourners pay their respects at the Queen's coffin in Westminster Hall

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The final mourners pay their respects at the Queen’s coffin in Westminster HallCredit: PA
Royal fans wrapped in blankets waiting for the action to begin

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Royal fans wrapped in blankets waiting for the action to beginCredit: Getty
Members of the public queue through the night to see Her Majesty lying in state

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Members of the public queue through the night to see Her Majesty lying in stateCredit: PA
People camping out overnight in Parliament Square ready for the state funeral

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People camping out overnight in Parliament Square ready for the state funeralCredit: Rex
Mourners line up on The Long Walk in Windsor

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Mourners line up on The Long Walk in WindsorCredit: EPA
Metropolitan Police officers walking in formation down The Mall

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Metropolitan Police officers walking in formation down The MallCredit: Getty
Tents line the streets ahead of the funeral for Britain's longest-reigning monarch

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Tents line the streets ahead of the funeral for Britain’s longest-reigning monarchCredit: Reuters

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