MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry will sit behind King Charles during the Queen’s funeral today.
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World leaders and foreign royals began gathering at Westminster Abbey this morning to join a congregation of 2,000.
Tom Parker Bowles, the Queen Consort’s son, was among the first to arrive, alongside other members of their family.
He is joined by King Philippe of Belgium and his wife Queen Mathilde arrived in Chelsea in a diplomatic vehicle ahead of the funeral.
Politicians were also seen stepping out just as the stewards put the finishing touches to the sand outside where the gun carriage will draw to a halt.
Labour leader Keir Starmer arrived shortly after 9am.
US President Joe Biden will be 14 rows back on the south transept behind the Polish leader and in front of the leader of the Czech Republic.
And directly across the aisle from Mr Biden’s place, the seat is labelled the Republic of Korea.
In the front of the south transept will be Realms governors general and then commonwealth counties followed by other nations including the US.
The Queen’s coffin will be carried on a Gun Carriage at 10.44am today from Westminster Hall, after Lying-in-State there for four days.
Across Parliament Square, in the Elizabeth Tower, the muffled Big Ben bell strikes 11 o’clock, marking the start of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Dean of Westminster, Dr David Hoyle, will lead the service, which the Queen had helped to plan.
The Archbishop of York, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster and Moderators of the Church of Scotland and the Free Churches say prayers.
Once the Last Post sounds, a national two-minute silence will follow.
And once Pipe Major Paul Burns, the Queen’s piper, has played his lament, the service will come to an end.
Where to watch
BBC One, ITV, Sky and TalkTV are covering the day’s events live:
- BBC One 8am-5pm: Huw Edwards, Fergal Keane, Kirsty Young, Sophie Raworth and David Dimbleby lead a team of 29 presenters
- ITV 6am-midnight: Tom Bradby, Julie Etchingham and Mary Nightingale
- Sky from 7am: Kay Burley, Anna Botting, Dermot Murnaghan and Sophy Ridge