A Final Goodbye

May be an image of 1 person and text

Privacy Policy

Tuesday, Sep 20th 2022 7AM 16°C 10AM 24°C 5-Day Forecast

‘May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest’: Royal family’s touching final message to the Queen as she is buried with Prince Philip alongside her parents in sister in private service after four billion watch her funeral ceremonies

  • The Queen has been laid to rest to finally be with her beloved husband Prince Philip on an historic day
  • Her coffin was taken to Windsor for burial after a solemn procession through London to Wellington Arch 
  • Royals, world leaders, VIPs and hundreds of members of the public were at Westminster Abbey for funeral
  • The King, his siblings, children and other royals marched solemnly behind the coffin from Parliament
  • 2million people flocked to London to say farewell to Britain’s longest serving monarch who died 11 days ago 
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

By Martin Robinson Chief Reporter and James Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 00:27 AEST, 20 September 2022 | Updated: 07:26 AEST, 20 September 202227kshares

1.1k View comments

Top

+99 Home

1.1k View comments

The Royal Family have tonight paid a touching final tribute to the Queen after she was laid to laid to rest with her beloved Prince Philip following a day of public ceremonies – watched by as many as four billion people worldwide.

In a tribute titled: ‘In loving memory of Her Majesty The Queen,’ the family tonight shared a never-before seen image of the late Monarch hiking through heathlands.

The touching post issued via the Royal Family’s social media account also harked back to her son King Charles’s first address to the nation in which he quoted the Shakespeare’s immortal play Hamlet – ‘May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.’ 

It comes after a highly-symbolic moment in which the Queen’s crown, orb and sceptre were removed from her coffin so she could descend into her grave ‘as a simple Christian soul’.

Her Majesty returned home to Windsor to be reunited for eternity with her husband, father, mother and sister in the royal crypt at St George’s Chapel, as her 70-year reign officially came to an end this evening.

The Royal Family stood at the end of the short committal service as the Queen was slowly lowered while the Dean of Windsor said: ‘Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul.’ He also offered the commendation – a prayer in which the deceased is entrusted to God’s mercy.

Moments earlier the Dean had placed her crown and other crown jewels on the altar before the Lord Chamberlain snapped his staff of office – signifying the severing of the Queen from her public service in death. 

The Garter King of Arms then pronounced the styles and titles of the Queen as all power moved to her son, the King, before the coffin was lowered to the lament of a lone piper and Britain and the world said a tender farewell to the late monarch following 70 years of service to the nation.

Charles looked deeply moved as the Queen’s oak coffin descended to the crypt on a day where he appeared tearful on a number of occasions as he said goodbye to his ‘Mama’, the 12th British monarch to be buried at Windsor.

Her Majesty’s long journey to her final resting place – and to be reunited with the Duke of Edinburgh – began in Balmoral on the day of her death 11 days ago and ended with her private interment next to her ‘strength and stay’ Philip. The King scattered earth on his mother’s coffin at a private family service.

That private service was marked with a tweet from The Royal Family’s official Twitter account, which tonight shared a black and white image of the Queen with her family and her darling Prince Philip, who passed away in April last year.  

Tonight, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: ‘A Private Burial took place in The King George VI Memorial Chapel this evening, conducted by the Dean of Windsor. The Queen was buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh, at The King George VI Memorial Chapel.’

Britain’s longest reigning monarch had been carried into the historic church followed by Charles III, her children and grandchildren including Prince Harry and Prince William. St George’s was where the Queen had sat alone during the funeral of Prince Philip last year – in one of the most poignant images of the pandemic – and it was where she had loved to worship for so many years when at Windsor.

It came on a day where up to 2million people crowded into central London to see the coffin after the state funeral at Westminster Abbey attended by 2,000 royals, heads of state and 200 members of the public. Mourners covered the royal hearse in flowers as it travelled to Windsor from Wellington Arch this afternoon after the Queen was carried past Buckingham Palace for a final time. 

This morning the last of the 400,000 people to see the Queen lying in state paid their respects before she was carried on a gun carriage from Westminster Hall to the church where she married and was crowned as an estimated 4billion people watched on TV worldwide.

The Queen is laid to rest for eternity in St George's Chapel in Windsor as her coffin is lowered into the royal vault following her state funeral at Westminster Abbey this morning

+270

The Queen is laid to rest for eternity in St George’s Chapel in Windsor as her coffin is lowered into the royal vault following her state funeral at Westminster Abbey this morning

The Crown Jewels were poignantly removed from the casket to show that the Queen's reign was at an end before it went down to the royal crypt

+270

The Crown Jewels were poignantly removed from the casket to show that the Queen’s reign was at an end before it went down to the royal crypt

The Lord Chamberlain, Lord Parker of Minsmere, breaks his Wand of Office in a symbolic moment when power is transferred from the Queen

+270

The Lord Chamberlain, Lord Parker of Minsmere, breaks his Wand of Office in a symbolic moment when power is transferred from the Queen

+270

The Lord Chamberlain, Lord Parker of Minsmere, breaks his Wand of Office in a symbolic moment when power is transferred from the Queen

The Queen has been buried alongside her beloved Prince Philip and next to her parents George VI and Elizabeth (pictured: The grave inside the George VI Memorial Chapel), the Queen Mother, and her sister, Margaret at the George VI Memorial Chapel inside St George's Chapel

+270

The Queen has been buried alongside her beloved Prince Philip and next to her parents George VI and Elizabeth (pictured: The grave inside the George VI Memorial Chapel), the Queen Mother, and her sister, Margaret at the George VI Memorial Chapel inside St George’s Chapel

The Crown Jeweller, left, removes the Imperial State Crown from the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as she enters the royal crypt as a 'simple Christian soul'

+270

The Crown Jeweller, left, removes the Imperial State Crown from the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as she enters the royal crypt as a ‘simple Christian soul’

A private service, which is due to start at 7.30pm, is believed to be taking place at the moment. The Royal Family's official Twitter account shared a black and white image of the Queen with her family and her darling Prince Philip (pictured), who passed away in April last year

+270

This was followed by a touching final tribute (pictured) from Buckingham Palace which harked back to Charles' address to the nation following news of the Queen's death. Quoting from Shakespeare's immortal play Hamlet, and including a never seen before picture of Her Majesty hiking through heathland, it said: ‘May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.’

+270

A private service, which is due to start at 7.30pm, is believed to be taking place at the moment. The Royal Family’s official Twitter account shared a black and white image of the Queen with her family and her darling Prince Philip (pictured left), who passed away in April last year. This was followed by a touching final tribute from Buckingham Palace (pictured right) which harked back to Charles’ address to the nation following news of the Queen’s death. Quoting from Shakespeare’s immortal play Hamlet, and including a never seen before picture of Her Majesty hiking through heathland, it said: ‘May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest’

The King looks moved as her mother is finally laid to rest during the service of committal. In a touching tribute to his mother, Charles sat in the same seat the Queen had sat in for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral during the Covid-19 pandemic

+270

The King looks moved as her mother is finally laid to rest during the service of committal 

King Charles III places the the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin at the Committal Service

+270

King Charles III places the the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin at the Committal Service

King Charles III places the the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin as she was about to be lowered into the crypt

+270

King Charles III places the the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin as she was about to be lowered into the crypt

The overwhelmed monarch then turned away as he said goodbye to his mother and her power and titles moved to him

+270

The overwhelmed monarch then turned away as he said goodbye to his mother and her power and titles moved to him

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at the Queen's coffin as the Royal Family mourn her loss

+270

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at the Queen’s coffin as the Royal Family mourn her loss

The Orb and Sceptre are removed from the coffin at the Committal Service

+270

The Orb and Sceptre are removed from the coffin at the Committal Service

As the crown jewels were removed, Princess Charlotte pointed and spoke to her mother as Harry and Meghan looked on

+270

As the crown jewels were removed, Princess Charlotte pointed and spoke to her mother as Harry and Meghan looked on

The Sussexes and the Wales' sing as Her Majesty the Queen had her symbols of monarchy removed along with her titles

+270

The Sussexes and the Wales’ sing as Her Majesty the Queen had her symbols of monarchy removed along with her titles

The coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II rests in George's Chapel, Windsor

+270

The coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II rests in George’s Chapel, Windsor

+270

Members of the Royal Family gradually left St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle following the committal service for the Queen.

The Prince and Princess of Wales left the chapel by car with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex departed separately shortly after, with Harry puffing his cheeks.

In the moving service the Dean of Windsor, the Rev David Conner, gave a reading from Revelation 21.1-7 during the service. The same passage was read at the funerals of the Queen’s father King George VI in 1952 and her grandparents, King George V in 1936, and Queen Mary in 1953.

The reading ends with: ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.’

In a touching gesture the late Queen’s two faithful friends, her corgis Muick and Sandy, were waiting for her when the flower-covered hearse arrived. 

The King, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex were among those who met the coffin as it arrived at the castle after a procession along Windsor’s packed Long Walk. 

Minute Guns were fired by The King’s Troop to signal the monarch is home as the hearse approached the West Steps of St George’s Chapel. The Castle’s Sebastopol bell rang – something that only happens when a British monarch dies – as the State Hearse ended its journey to the sound of bagpipes.

+270

The Royal Family and European royals watch as the coffin is carried towards the altar

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into St George's Chapel along the centre aisle of the nave to the catafalque

+270

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into St George’s Chapel along the centre aisle of the nave to the catafalque

Lena Tindall, Zara Tindall, Mia Tindall, the Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Charlotte, the Princess of Wales, Prince George, and the Prince of Wales, stand for the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre

+270

Lena Tindall, Zara Tindall, Mia Tindall, the Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Charlotte, the Princess of Wales, Prince George, and the Prince of Wales, stand for the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre

Princess Charlotte, the Princess of Wales, Prince George, and the Prince of Wales as they say goodbye to the Queen

+270

Princess Charlotte, the Princess of Wales, Prince George, and the Prince of Wales as they say goodbye to the Queen

Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne and Prince Edward sat together in the service

+270

Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne and Prince Edward sat together in the service

The choir sings solemnly as the Queen makes her final and saddest journey today

+270

The choir sings solemnly as the Queen makes her final and saddest journey today

King Charles takes his seat with his family after following the coffin

+270

King Charles takes his seat with his family after following the coffin

Prince Charles arrives at St George's Chapel with the Queen Consort as he prepares to lay his mother to rest

+270

Prince Charles arrives at St George’s Chapel with the Queen Consort as he prepares to lay his mother to rest

William, Kate, George and Charlotte stand aside and direct Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to their seats

+270

William, Kate, George and Charlotte stand aside and direct Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to their seats

Queen Elizabeth II body is carried as her family including Charles III and Prince William (left) watch on

+270

Queen Elizabeth II body is carried as her family including Charles III and Prince William (left) watch on

Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into St. George's Chapel

+270

Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into St. George’s Chapel

The Queen arrives at St George's Chapel, Windsor, where she will be laid to rest

+270

The Queen arrives at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where she will be laid to rest

Prince Harry and Prince William, left, follow the hearse with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II moving towards St. George's Chapel

+270

Prince Harry and Prince William, left, follow the hearse with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II moving towards St. George’s Chapel

The Princess of Wales, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the Committal Service

+270

The Princess of Wales, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the Committal Service

King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at St. George's Chapel for the Committal Service behind the Queen's coffin

+270

King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at St. George’s Chapel for the Committal Service behind the Queen’s coffin

RELATED ARTICLES

Share this article

Share

Tens of thousands of people lined The Long Walk and applauded as the flower-covered hearse carrying the late sovereign’s coffin slowly processed towards her Berkshire castle, where she spent most of her final years before her death – including lockdown with Prince Philip. 

Giving the Bidding, the Dean of Windsor, said: ‘We have come together to commit into the hands of God the soul of his servant Queen Elizabeth.

‘Here, in St George’s Chapel, where she so often worshipped, we are bound to call to mind someone whose uncomplicated yet profound Christian Faith bore so much fruit. Fruit, in a life of unstinting service to the Nation, the Commonwealth and the wider world, but also (and especially to be remembered in this place) in kindness, concern and reassuring care for her family and friends and neighbours.’

Referring to a ‘rapidly changing and frequently troubled world’, the Dean praised the late Queen’s ‘calm and dignified presence’.

He said the monarch’s disposition ‘has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and with hope’.

Concluding the Bidding, he said: ‘As, with grateful hearts, we reflect on these and all the many other ways in which her long life has been a blessing to us, we pray that God will give us grace to honour her memory by following her example, and that, with our sister Elizabeth, at the last, we shall know the joys of life eternal.’

Prince Harry puffs his cheeks as he and his wife Meghan leave the service

+270

Prince Harry puffs his cheeks as he and his wife Meghan leave the service

The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (front row top) sit with other members of the royal family at the Committal Service

+270

The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (front row top) sit with other members of the royal family at the Committal Service

The Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards banner lies on the Queen's coffin after the crown jewels were removed

+270

The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards banner lies on the Queen’s coffin after the crown jewels were removed

The Imperial State Crown rests on the high altar after being removed from the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth

+270

The Imperial State Crown rests on the high altar after being removed from the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

Members of the royal family (front row, left to right) the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Princess Michael of Kent, (middle row, left to right) King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, during the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel

+270

Members of the royal family (front row, left to right) the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Princess Michael of Kent, (middle row, left to right) King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, during the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II at St George’s Chapel

King Charles III and the Queen Consort arrive at the Committal Service

+270

King Charles III and the Queen Consort arrive at the Committal Service

The pallbearers expertly carry the Queen into the chapel where she will be laid to rest

+270

The pallbearers expertly carry the Queen into the chapel where she will be laid to rest

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried from the hearse

+270

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried from the hearse

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's funeral procession makes its way through Windsor Castle

+270

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s funeral procession makes its way through Windsor Castle

+270

Mourners watch the State Hearse of Queen Elizabeth II as it drives along the Long Walk ahead of the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II

+270

The Queen’s coffin head along The Long Walk to Windsor Castle ahead of her burial

+270

The Queen heads towards Windsor Castle where she will be reunited with Prince Philip 

Thousands of people fell silent, held their phones aloft and waved flags as the Queen’s coffin passed along the Long Walk towards St George’s Chapel.

A final goodbye: Prince William and Kate Middleton post emotional tribute to ‘mother, grandmother and great-grandmother’, Her late Majesty 

The Prince and Princess of Wales have said a final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II in a touching Twitter post.

Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 40, posted a black and white photo of the pallbearers carrying the Queen’s coffin into St George’s Chapel, Windsor, for the committal service this afternoon.

They wrote on their official Twitter account: ‘Goodbye to a Queen, a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother.’

The Prince and Princess of Wales posted a heartfelt goodbye to their beloved grandmother on their official Twitter account

The Prince and Princess of Wales posted a heartfelt goodbye to their beloved grandmother on their official Twitter account

The Queen was committed to the Chapel’s vault where she will lie in eternity with Prince Philip, her father King George VI, the Queen Mother, and her sister Princess Margaret. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales remained stoic throughout the day as they carried out their duties as part of the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey and later committal service in Windsor.

The family also paid their respects to Her late Majesty this evening in a private service, when the monarch was laid to rest next to her ‘strength and stay’ Philip in Windsor. 

In a final touching tribute, Kate finished her look with Princess Diana’s pearl bracelet. 

Meanwhile William took his royal duties seriously as he walked behind his grandmother’s coffin as part of the procession as it was led into Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.

The Prince and Princess of Wales also walked behind the Queen’s coffin at St George’s Chapel before taking their seats at the committal service.

The royals had followed behind the Queen’s coffin into the chapel after it was lifted from the state hearse and carried in ahead of the service at 4pm. The procession was led in by members of the Queen’s royal household.

The crowd was so dense that those at the back could only view the procession through their phones held high on selfie sticks.

Children sat on their parents’ shoulders and some clapped as the procession passed by.

Members of the congregation include the late monarch’s nearest and dearest, her household staff past and present, and foreign royal families.

A wreath from Number 10, signed by Prime Minister Liz Truss, sits close to the door of the chapel, and says: ‘For a lifetime of devotion and duty we offer our deep and sincere gratitude.’

Flowers of all kinds cover the area around the chapel, from bouquets of red roses to pink lilies to potted plants to wreaths from foreign royals.

Inside one of the main entrances to the chapel, a floral arrangement of white blossoms sits in full bloom.

Among the flowers in the chapel were lilies, dahlias, roses, and greenery including Eucalyptus and other greenery picked from Home Park.

The service, with a strong thread of tradition running throughout, was discussed with the Queen over a number of years and all the prayers and hymns were chosen by her – apart from one.

The Queen left one hymn to be chosen at the time, and after a discussion between the King and the Dean of Windsor David Conner, the hymn chosen was Westminster Abbey adapted from the Alleluyas in Purcell’s O God, Thou art my God.

Earlier mourners in Windsor were asked not to throw flowers at the hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin and have instead been told to leave their bouquets by the ‘grass moat’ near Windsor castle. Security officials and event organisers have said that the flowers may spook horses, raise safety concerns, become a tripping hazard and be difficult clean up if they’re pressed into the ground.

After the final public element of her funeral, Her Majesty will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip in the King George VI Memorial Chapel. A private burial service, attended by the King and other members of the royal family, will take place this evening.

This afternoon the royal family bid farewell to their beloved matriarch in the gothic chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle in a service attended by around 800 people. Silence fell among crowds of mourners as the state hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin turned into the Long Walk in the final stretch of her journey.

The crowds, made up of people of all ages, who flanked the Long Walk, fell quiet as the sound of drummers in the procession grew louder. Children were lifted on adults’ shoulders and camera phones were raised in the air as people struggled to get a glimpse of the scene.

The Queen’s beloved corgis Muick and Sandy and one of her favourite ever horses made a special poignant appearance at Windsor during the procession.

The young dogs – one on a red lead and one on a blue lead – were brought out into the quadrangle by two pages in red tailcoats for the arrival of the Queen’s coffin. Emma, the Queen’s Fell Pony, had greeted the procession, standing on grass in a gap in the floral tributes along the Long Walk in honour of her late owner.

+270

Flowers and bouquets cover the royal hearse as the Queen arrives in Windsor

The hearse makes its way to Windsor Castle, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth

+270

The hearse makes its way to Windsor Castle, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

The Ceremonial Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels down the Long Walk

+270

The Ceremonial Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels down the Long Walk

The Ceremonial Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels down the Long Walk as it arrives at Windsor Castle

+270

The Ceremonial Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels down the Long Walk as it arrives at Windsor Castle

+270

Soldiers bow as the Queen approaches in her hearse

Brass bands from the Household Cavalry and pipers played on the Queen's final, saddest journey

+270

Brass bands from the Household Cavalry and pipers played on the Queen’s final, saddest journey

Extraordinary scenes in Windsor today as the Queen arrives to be laid to rest

+270

Extraordinary scenes in Windsor today as the Queen arrives to be laid to rest

The Queen will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where they will rest together for eternity

+270

The Queen will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where they will rest together for eternity

The Queen's favourite horse - Emma - waits for the monarch to arrive

+270

The Queen’s favourite horse – Emma – waits for the monarch to arrive

rincess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II

+270

rincess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II

Savannah Phillips and Zara Tindall (back) and Ilsa Phillips, Lena Tindall and Mike Tindall arrive at the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II held at St George's Chapel

+270

Savannah Phillips and Zara Tindall (back) and Ilsa Phillips, Lena Tindall and Mike Tindall arrive at the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II held at St George’s Chapel

Queen Sofia of Spain (bottom), King Felipe of Spain (second bottom), King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (third from top) and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (standing) at the Committal Service

+270

Queen Sofia of Spain (bottom), King Felipe of Spain (second bottom), King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (third from top) and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (standing) at the Committal Service

Sarah, Duchess of York arrives at St. George's Chapel

+270

Sarah, Duchess of York arrives at St. George’s Chapel

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and other guests arrive at St George's Chapel

+270

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and other guests arrive at St George’s Chapel

+270

Queen Elizabeth II’s body arrives at her beloved Windsor

800 guests including most of Europe's royals arrive at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

+270

800 guests including most of Europe’s royals arrive at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle

The royal corgis await the cortege of their owner on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth

+270

The royal corgis await the cortege of their owner on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

The Queen's funeral procession passing through Runnymede with the streets lined with people watching the procession and throwing flowers

+270

The Queen’s funeral procession passing through Runnymede with the streets lined with people watching the procession and throwing flowers

Huge crowds cheer the Queen and throw flowers in her path

+270

Huge crowds cheer the Queen and throw flowers in her path

In extraordinary and moving scenes, an estimated 2million well-wishers lined the streets to say farewell to Britain's longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth II, with showers of bouquets greeting her hearse as it drove from West London to Berkshire

+270

In extraordinary and moving scenes, an estimated 2million well-wishers lined the streets to say farewell to Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth II, with showers of bouquets greeting her hearse as it drove from West London to Berkshire

In extraordinary and moving scenes, the Queen left London as flowers were thrown at the hearse as she made her way to Windsor

+270

In extraordinary and moving scenes, the Queen left London as flowers were thrown at the hearse as she made her way to Windsor

People watch as Britain's Queen Elizabeth's coffin passes through west London

+270

People watch as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s coffin passes through west London

A person holds a rose to throw, as Britain's Queen Elizabeth's coffin is transported, on the day of her state funeral and burial

+270

A person holds a rose to throw, as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is transported, on the day of her state funeral and burial

Queen Elizabeth II journey from Wellington Arch in London to Windsor was lined by thousands of people

+270

Queen Elizabeth II journey from Wellington Arch in London to Windsor was lined by thousands of people

King Charles III leaves in a car after the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was transferred to the hearse at Wellington Arch

+270

King Charles III leaves in a car after the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was transferred to the hearse at Wellington Arch

Much of the service will have a feel of looking back, repeating what has gone before, a feeling of coming full circle, with perhaps a sense of the consistency and constancy which the Queen will forever be remembered for.

Prior to the final hymn, the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre will be removed from the coffin by the Crown Jeweller and, with the Bargemaster and Serjeants-at-Arms, will be passed to the Dean who will place them on the altar.

The removal of the crown from the coffin to the altar is poignant, because in 1953 the crown was taken from the altar in Westminster Abbey and placed on the Queen’s head, marking the start of a 70-year reign.

At the end of the final hymn, the King will place The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin.

At the same time, The Lord Chamberlain will ‘break’ his Wand of Office and place it on the coffin.

This is to create a symmetry with the three Instruments of State that have been removed.

The coffin, which will be placed on a catafalque draped in purple velvet will be slowly lowered down into the royal vault as the Dean of Windsor says: ‘Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul.’

The Sovereign’s Piper will play a lament, A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith, from the doorway between the Chapel and the Dean’s Cloister during which he will walk slowly towards the Deanery in the Cloister so that the music inside the Chapel gradually fades.

During the service, the King will sit in the seat which was occupied by the Queen when she came to the chapel, positioned closest to the altar.

Tradition will run through the service in its music as it will feature several pieces that were also heard at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and other major royal events.

JS Bach’s Schmucke Dich, O Liebe Seele – Adorn Yourself, O Dear Soul – (BWV 654) a piece for organ, will be played with a number of others as the mourners wait for the service to begin.

Another will be Vaughan Williams’ Rhosymedre, a firm favourite with the royal family with the music being performed at the wedding of Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, and at Philip’s funeral.

Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar was heard at the Queen’s coronation in 1953 and will also be played before the committal begins.

Lord Sentamu, the former Archbishop of York, was reportedly part of the team which helped devise the original order of service for the Queen’s state funeral.

The cleric told BBC News the Queen knew the psalms by heart and Psalm 121 – also featured at the Queen Mother’s Funeral in 2002 – will be sung at her committal.

The service will end with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 546) played after the national anthem, which was also heard at the end of Philip’s funeral.

Prayers will be said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park, and by the Dean of Windsor.

The Choir of St George’s Chapel – made up of 11 men, one woman and 13 boys – will sing during the service and will be conducted by James Vivian, director of music, and the organ will be played by Luke Bond, assistant director of music.

Much of the music at the service has been composed by Sir William Harris, who served as the organist at St George’s Chapel between 1933 and 1961, taking in much of the Queen’s childhood.

The young Princess Elizabeth would often visit the organ loft to watch Sir William play, and it is believed he taught her to play the piano.

+270

The Queen leaves London for the final time amid moving scenes at Wellington Arch next to Hyde Park Corner

The Royal Hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Wellington Arch

+270

The Royal Hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Wellington Arch

The King salutes as his mother is taken from a gun carriage and into a hearse

+270

The King salutes as his mother is taken from a gun carriage and into a hearse

The Royal Family lined up in two rows at Wellington Arch - Charles and Camilla at the front with William, Harry and Meghan behind

+270

The Royal Family lined up in two rows at Wellington Arch – Charles and Camilla at the front with William, Harry and Meghan behind 

Wellington Arch - the old entrance to Buckingham Palace - was chosen for the Queen's farewell

+270

Wellington Arch – the old entrance to Buckingham Palace – was chosen for the Queen’s farewell

Crowds threw roses in front of the Queen’s coffin and cheered her for the last time today as she was returned to Windsor Castle to be reunited with her beloved Prince Philip and her parents in the medieval splendour of St George’s Chapel. 

In extraordinary and moving scenes, an estimated 2million well-wishers lined the streets to say farewell to Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth II, with showers of bouquets greeting her hearse as it drove from West London to Berkshire. 

King Charles had appeared tearful at his mother’s Westminster Abbey state funeral that ended with two minutes of silence, the Last Post and the national anthem. The monarch also looked emotional as he saluted when his mother left Wellington Arch in a hearse this afternoon.

On a day of pomp and poignant symbolism, grief was etched on the faces of Charles, his siblings and children as well as the huge crowds who swamped The Mall, Whitehall and Parliament Square to bade farewell to the beloved monarch as her coffin was carried from the Abbey on a gun carriage.

Members of the Royal Family, including the King, marched poignantly behind, while others including the Princess of Wales, her children George and Charlotte, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, all looked on at the crowds as they passed them in vehicles. 

The poignant scenes followed an extraordinary and emotional state funeral attended by 2,000 VIPs, royals, prime ministers and several hundred ordinary Britons chosen by the Queen, who died 11 days ago. The Archbishop of Canterbury described the Queen as having touched ‘a multitude of lives’ and having been a ‘joyful’ figure for many.

She was head of state but also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and in a personal touch, the wreath adorning her coffin had a handwritten note from the King. The message said: ‘In loving and devoted memory.’

After the funeral the coffin was borne on a gun carriage in a spectacle not seen for many generations, as hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen marched to solemn funeral pieces or lined the route. Behind her coffin were Charles and his siblings – the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex – who were followed by the monarch’s three grandsons, Peter Phillips, Duke of Sussex and Prince of Wales.

In a moving gesture, staff from Buckingham Palace stood outside the gates of the royal residence and watched as the late monarch was taken past for the last time.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top, borne on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy followed by members of the royal family proceeds past Buckingham Palace

+270

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top, borne on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy followed by members of the royal family proceeds past Buckingham Palace

The funeral procession and coffin proceed along the Mall to Buckingham Palace

+270

The funeral procession and coffin proceed along the Mall to Buckingham Palace

+270

The funeral procession marches down The Mall following the service at Westminster Abbey, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. Her children and grandchildren followed with other royals in their cars

King Charles, William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, look towards Her Majesty's coffin

+270

King Charles, William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, look towards Her Majesty’s coffin

The Queen is marched towards Buckingham Palace for the last time

+270

The Queen is marched towards Buckingham Palace for the last time

The funeral procession marches down The Mall following the service at Westminster Abbey

+270

The funeral procession marches down The Mall following the service at Westminster Abbey

The State Gun Carriage carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, in the Ceremonial Procession following her State Funeral

+270

The State Gun Carriage carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre, in the Ceremonial Procession following her State Funeral

+270

The Queen leaves Westminster Abbey for the last time after her state funeral this morning

The State Gun Carriage carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, in the Ceremonial Procession following her State Funeral

+270

The State Gun Carriage carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre, in the Ceremonial Procession following her State Funeral

King Charles III follows the State Gun Carriage carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre

+270

King Charles III follows the State Gun Carriage carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre

Britain's King Charles, Britain's Anne, Princess Royal, Britain's Prince Andrew, Britain's Prince Edward, Britain's William, Prince of Wales and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex following the funeral procession outside Westminster Abbey as the Queen heads to Windsor

+270

Britain’s King Charles, Britain’s Anne, Princess Royal, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Britain’s Prince Edward, Britain’s William, Prince of Wales and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex following the funeral procession outside Westminster Abbey as the Queen heads to Windsor

Meghan appeared to wipe away a tear as she left the funeral

+270

Meghan appeared to wipe away a tear as she left the funeral

The Duchess of Sussex, Camilla, the Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex leave the Abbey. Prince George bites his nails next to his sister Charlotte

+270

The Duchess of Sussex, Camilla, the Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex leave the Abbey. Prince George bites his nails next to his sister Charlotte

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, follows by car the Procession behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II,

+270

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, follows by car the Procession behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II,

Britain's Prince George of Wales looks from a car window in the Procession

+270

Britain's Prince George of Wales looks from a car window in the Procession next to her sister Charlotte

+270

Britain’s Prince George of Wales looks from a car window in the Procession next to her sister Charlotte

RELATED ARTICLES

Share this article

Share

Members of the Royal Family, including the King, marched poignantly behind, while others including the Princess of Wales and her children George and Charlotte and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, looked on at the crowds as they passed them in vehicles. 

In the shadow of Apsley House, the former home of the Duke of Wellington, the sailors who had drawn the carriage carrying the Queen’s coffin came to a halt. 

Members of the Royal Family watched and saluted as the bearer party lifted the coffin from the State Gun Carriage and loaded it into the back of the vehicle. Much of the procession party lined up in formation on the green next to the monument and stood in silence during the moving of the coffin. The national anthem then played as the hearse moved away. 

And applause and a spontaneous three cheers broke out as the Queen’s coffin passed the Albert Memorial in Kensington on its way to Windsor. As the hearse drove off flowers were thrown into the road by members of the public watching from behind a fence. Others waved Union flags as the fleet of vehicles drove past.

Following the departure of the coffin and the royal family, the bells at Westminster Abbey began to ring out. The muffled peal will continue throughout the afternoon, which only occurs after the funeral of a sovereign.  

And applause and a spontaneous three cheers broke out as the Queen’s coffin passed the Albert Memorial in Kensington in its way to Windsor. As the hearse drove off flowers were thrown into the road by members of the public watching from behind a fence. Others waved Union flags as the fleet of vehicles drove past.

Following the departure of the coffin and the royal family, the bells at Westminster Abbey began to ring out. The muffled peal will continue throughout the afternoon, which only occurs after the funeral of a sovereign.

The royal family watched on in two rows, with the King, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl and the Countess of Wessex in the first row.

Behind them were the Princess and the Prince of Wales, with Prince Charlotte and Prince George between them and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The King and the male royals saluted the coffin, except for the Duke of York and the Duke of Sussex, who were not in uniform, while some of the female royals curtseyed.

The Queen’s coffin, followed by the King, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, Duke of York and the Princess Royal, began its procession towards Wellington Arch after it was placed back onto the State Gun Carriage at just after midday. 

Minute Guns were fired in Hyde Park by The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, as Big Ben tolled throughout the duration of the solemn procession through her city.  As the Queen’s funeral procession moved past the Cenotaph in London, the King, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex saluted the memorial to Britain and the Commonwealth soldiers killed in the First and Second World Wars. Prince Andrew and Prince Harry did not.

The crowd in Whitehall broke into a chorus of ‘hip, hip, hooray’ and a round of applause as the procession drew past and people began to move on. The Queen was then borne through Horse Guards Parade, where Her Majesty presided over scores of Trooping the Colour ceremonies during her reign.

The Queen then went up The Mall for the last time as the funeral procession continues towards Buckingham Palace. The sombre scene was bathed in sunshine, with the accompanying music of the military bands punctuated by the chimes of Big Ben.

Her Majesty’s coffin passed Buckingham Palace for the final time on its way to Wellington Arch where her hearse to Windsor was waiting. The arch was an original entrance to Buckingham Palace, later becoming a victory arch commemorating the Duke of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon.

The arch is topped by a large bronze sculpture, depicting the angel of peace descending on the four-horsed chariot of war. 

The procession marches along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace

+270

The procession marches along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace

The Queen's coffin crosses Horse Guards Parade this afternoon

+270

The Queen’s coffin crosses Horse Guards Parade this afternoon

Princess Anne and Prince William salute the Queen's funeral - as Prince Harry and Prince Andrew do not

+270

Princess Anne and Prince William salute the Queen’s funeral – as Prince Harry and Prince Andrew do not

Big Ben chimed as the Queen was taken away from her state funeral and out of Parliament Square

+270

Big Ben chimed as the Queen was taken away from her state funeral and out of Parliament Square

The coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth makes it way on the procession from Westminster Abbey

+270

The coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth makes it way on the procession from Westminster Abbey

The Abbey, where the Queen was crowned in 1953, was the church where her state funeral was held in an extraordinary event attended by 2,000 VIPs, royals and heads of state

+270

The Abbey, where the Queen was crowned in 1953, was the church where her state funeral was held in an extraordinary event attended by 2,000 VIPs, royals and heads of state 

more videos

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II departs Westminster Abbey

+270

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II departs Westminster Abbey

Kate, George, Charlotte and Sophie Wessex watch as the Queen's coffin leaves the Abbey

+270

Kate, George, Charlotte and Sophie Wessex watch as the Queen’s coffin leaves the Abbey

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, looks ahead after the state funeral ended

+270

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, looks ahead after the state funeral ended

Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, hold hands as they follow the coffin

+270

Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, hold hands as they follow the coffin

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince George of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in the Abbey

+270

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince George of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in the Abbey

Britain's King Charles III (L), Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, Britain's Prince George of Wales, Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk behind the coffin

+270

Britain’s King Charles III (L), Britain’s Camilla, Queen Consort, Britain’s Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain’s Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, Britain’s Prince George of Wales, Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales, Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk behind the coffin

+270

There was a hush from the crowd in Whitehall, as the funeral procession moved past the Cabinet War Rooms, the Cenotaph and Downing Street. Some emerged from balconies and windows, clad in black, while those on the street craned their necks and clutched cameras as they awaited the chance to say goodbye to the monarch.

Mounties of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police lead the procession followed immediately by representatives of the George Cross foundations from Malta, the former Royal Ulster Constabulary, and four representatives from the NHS. 

The route is being lined by the armed forces from Westminster Abbey to the top of Constitution Hill at the Commonwealth Memorial Gates.

Mounties of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police lead the procession followed immediately by representatives of the George Cross foundations from Malta, the former Royal Ulster Constabulary, and four representatives from the NHS.

The emotional King Charles III and his grief-stricken family had surrounded the Queen’s coffin at her state funeral in Westminster Abbey in a moving and majestic farewell to the late monarch today in an extraordinary service followed by a national two minute’s silence and the Last Post.

Her Majesty made her final and saddest journey from Westminster Hall to the church where she married and was crowned as Britain mourned its longest-serving monarch and the royals bade goodbye to a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Her coffin was placed close to the altar with her crown, orb and sceptre on its top surrounded by flowers chosen by the King from gardens she loved.  A card in the flowers on top of the coffin read simply: ‘In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.’

The Archbishop of Canterbury hailed the Queen’s ‘abundant life and loving service’ as he delivered the sermon at her state funeral, adding: ‘She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.’

State trumpeters from the Household Cavalry sounded the Last Post following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s commendation over the Queen’s coffin and a blessing pronounced by the Dean of Westminster. Two minute’s silence followed across the country before Reveille was sounded by the trumpeters before the National Anthem was sung by the congregation.

Prince Charles looked tearful at points of the service while his sister Princess Anne looked at him with concern and care before fixing her own stare on her mother’s coffin and crown. Prince Andrew looked moved – having been fighting back tears as the family marched behind the Queen’s coffin through Parliament Square.

King Charles III sat at the head of the family next to Princess Anne, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex behind him in the second row, after more than a week leading the monarchy and the nation in mourning his mother the Queen. 

Prince William, who marched with his brother behind the coffin, was on the front row next to Prince George, who was reading the order of service during the Archbishop of Canterbury’s sermon, before singing hymns, while Princess Charlotte was seen whispering to her mother, who with William decided to bring them to say goodbye to their great-grandmother.

The King looked very emotional during the singing of the national anthem at Westminster Abbey. Charles remained silent during the song, while his siblings and members of the royal family sang along. Gripping his ceremonial sword, Charles looked downcast as he started straight ahead while a piper played Sleep, Dearie, Sleep.

The UK’s most important church, packed with 2,000 VIPs including prime ministers, presidents and the Queen’s family, was serene aside from the sound of hymns and prayers in a funeral service Her Majesty has curated herself before she died.

On an highly emotional occasion for Britain and the world, the Queen was carried in her oak coffin to the gun carriage used by her parents and was followed through Parliament Square by her son, the King, and her relatives including the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex. Andrew, the Duke of York, appeared to be crying. Outside the Abbey an estimated 2million people are in central London along procession routes and watching on big screens.

Prince Charles looks tearful while an emotional Prince Harry looked away from the Queen's coffin at the end of the funeral

+270

Prince Charles looks tearful while an emotional Prince Harry looked away from the Queen’s coffin at the end of the funeral

King Charles III stares ahead with emotion as he walks beside The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre as it leaves the Abbey

+270

King Charles III stares ahead with emotion as he walks beside The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre as it leaves the Abbey

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre arrives during the State Funeral Service

+270

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre arrives during the State Funeral Service

Britain's King Charles III, Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall

+270

Britain’s King Charles III, Britain’s Camilla, Queen Consort, Britain’s Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain’s Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall

Prince of Wales (C) attends with Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales (R) and Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex

+270

Prince of Wales (C) attends with Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales (R) and Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex

The Prince of Wales and Prince George sat alongside one another at the funeral

+270

The Prince of Wales and Prince George sat alongside one another at the funeral

Meghan and Harry were sat directly behind the King and the Queen Consort

+270

Meghan and Harry were sat directly behind the King and the Queen Consort

Prince George of Wales, his mother and sister and aunt Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, enter the church

+270

Prince George of Wales, his mother and sister and aunt Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, enter the church

George, Kate and Charlotte sing hymns in the Queen's memory

+270

George, Kate and Charlotte sing hymns in the Queen’s memory

The Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor

+270

The Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank , Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

+270

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank , Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, arriving at the State Funeral

+270

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, arriving at the State Funeral

+270

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, being carried inside Westminster Abbey to its altar

The coffin is placed near the altar inside Westminster Abbey, next to her grieving family

+270

The coffin is placed near the altar inside Westminster Abbey, next to her grieving family

Princess Anne looks at her mother's coffin and the crown on the saddest of all days for Britain and the world

+270

Princess Anne looks at her mother’s coffin and the crown on the saddest of all days for Britain and the world

The Imperial State Crown resting on top of the coffin

+270

The Imperial State Crown resting on top of the coffin

+270

The wreath which adorns the Queen’s coffin includes flowers requested by King Charles. Cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House, the flowers and foliage have been chosen for their symbolism

The Queen's final journey down the aisle of Westminster Abbey

+270

The Queen’s final journey down the aisle of Westminster Abbey

The view in Westminster Abbey above the Queen -  where she married and was crowned more than 70 years ago

+270

The view in Westminster Abbey above the Queen –  where she married and was crowned more than 70 years ago

Senior royals including King Charles, Prince William and his son Prince George are seen seated at the front of one half of the congregation inside Westminster Abbey

+270

Senior royals including King Charles, Prince William and his son Prince George are seen seated at the front of one half of the congregation inside Westminster Abbey

King Charles III and members of the royal family follow behind the coffin

+270

King Charles III and members of the royal family follow behind the coffin

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, is carried inside Westminster Abbey

+270

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard, is carried inside Westminster Abbey

King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne, and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, and Kate, Princess of Wales with their children Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Britain's Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowden, Peter Phillips, The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent follow the coffin

+270

King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne, and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, and Kate, Princess of Wales with their children Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Britain’s Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowden, Peter Phillips, The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent follow the coffin

+270

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey past the grave of the Unknown Soldier

The coffin arrives at the State Funeral

+270

The coffin arrives at the State Funeral

A piper plays a lament for the Queen at the end of the service

+270

A piper plays a lament for the Queen at the end of the service

The Queen’s funeral drew to a close with a lament played by The Sovereign’s piper and her coffin has been carried from Westminster Abbey to be placed on the State Gun Carriage.

The strains of the lament, ‘Sleep, dearie, sleep’, could still be heard echoing through the abbey as the piper walked off.

Shortly after, as the organist played Bach’s Fantasia in C minor, soldiers of the bearer party entered from the South Quire Aisle.

As the bearers moved slowly through the abbey to place the coffin once more on the gun carriage, they were followed in procession to the Great West Door by The King and Queen Consort along with other members of the Royal Family.

The State Gun Carriage carrying the Queen’s coffin began its funeral procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey at around 10.45am, arriving just before 11am. A single toll from Big Ben signalled the start of the service at Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. Her Majesty will be laid to rest at Windsor next to her beloved husband Prince Philip and her parents, George VI and the Queen Mother.

Despite the huge crowds, there was absolute silence as around 200 pipers and drummers of Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas and RAF played as the procession went through Parliament Square. The Queen’s own piper played a lament that echoed through the heart of London.

Walking behind the carriage were the King and his siblings, followed by the Prince of Wales, Duke of Sussex and Peter Phillips. The State Gun Carriage has also been previously used for the funerals of King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, Winston Churchill, and Lord Mountbatten.

There was complete silence from the crowd close to Parliament Square, as the State Gun Carriage carrying the Queen’s coffin slowly moved past. The crowd, momentarily still and with phones held aloft to capture the moment, was around 10-people thick in places, as tens of thousands thronged the streets to say goodbye to the monarch and witness a moment of history.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte travelled to Westminster Abbey in the same car as the Queen Consort, with the Princess of Wales arriving with them. They arrived at the church shortly after some of the Queen’s grandchildren including Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

World leaders including Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron arrived at Westminster Abbey around an hour before the service began. The congregation of 2,000 sat in solemn silence as Her Majesty arrived. 

An emotion King Charles arrives in the Abbey after the Queen is placed by the altar

+270

An emotion King Charles arrives in the Abbey after the Queen is placed by the altar

Prince George, 9, looks nervous as he makes his way to his seat inside Westminster Abbey with his mother and sister

+270

Prince George, 9, looks nervous as he makes his way to his seat inside Westminster Abbey with his mother and sister

Britain's Queen Elizabeth's coffin is carried past the mourning congregation

+270

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is carried past the mourning congregation

A packed Westminster Abbey are seen as the Queen's coffin rests on its catafalque during her funeral service today

+270

A packed Westminster Abbey are seen as the Queen’s coffin rests on its catafalque during her funeral service today

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre is taken into Westminster Abbey

+270

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre is taken into Westminster Abbey

King Charles III sheds tears for his mother as he arrives at Westminster Abbey after following her coffin from Westminster Hall

+270

King Charles III sheds tears for his mother as he arrives at Westminster Abbey after following her coffin from Westminster Hall

Prince Albert II and Charlene, Princess of Monaco

+270

Prince Albert II and Charlene, Princess of Monaco 

King Charles III arrives for his mother's funeral. Westminster Abbey is packed with world leaders and European royals

+270

King Charles III arrives for his mother’s funeral. Westminster Abbey is packed with world leaders and European royals

Her Majesty is carried into her funeral watched by her mourning family. Harry and Andrew were not allowed to salute

+270

Her Majesty is carried into her funeral watched by her mourning family. Harry and Andrew were not allowed to salute

King Charles looks tearful as his sister Princess Anne gives him a look of concern and care

+270

King Charles looks tearful as his sister Princess Anne gives him a look of concern and care

Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte are shepherded to their seats by their mother the Princess of Wales

+270

Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte are shepherded to their seats by their mother the Princess of Wales

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Peter Phillips arrive at Westminster Abbey

+270

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Peter Phillips arrive at Westminster Abbey

King Charles is followed by his eldest son Prince William as they arrive at Westminster Abbey for the Queen's funeral

+270

King Charles is followed by his eldest son Prince William as they arrive at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral

Kate, Princess of Wales arrives at Westminster Abbey for the Queen's state funeral. Alongside her are Prince George and Princess Charlotte

+270

Kate, Princess of Wales arrives at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s state funeral. Alongside her are Prince George and Princess Charlotte

King Charles III, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex followed by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Hall for the state funeral at Westminster Abbey

+270

King Charles III, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex followed by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Hall for the state funeral at Westminster Abbey

King Charles is flanked by his sister Princess Anne and brothers Prince Andrew and Edward as they make their way into Westminster Abbey in front of Prince William, Prince Harrry and Peter Phillips

+270

King Charles is flanked by his sister Princess Anne and brothers Prince Andrew and Edward as they make their way into Westminster Abbey in front of Prince William, Prince Harrry and Peter Phillips

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top

+270

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top

The Queen is carried to Westminster Abbey - the scene of her coronation and wedding - for her state funeral today

+270

The Queen is carried to Westminster Abbey – the scene of her coronation and wedding – for her state funeral today 

Royal Navy sailors take the coffin to Westminster Abbey for the State Funeral Service

+270

Royal Navy sailors take the coffin to Westminster Abbey for the State Funeral Service

Members of the armed forces march during the funeral procession for Queen Elizabeth II

+270

Members of the armed forces march during the funeral procession for Queen Elizabeth II

Outside Britons cried for their Queen

+270

Outside Britons cried for their Queen

+270

Outside Britons cried for their Queen

+270

Outside Britons cried for their Queen

A man wrapped in the Union Flag clutches Paddington Bear and sobs for the Queen on The Mall

+270

A man wrapped in the Union Flag clutches Paddington Bear and sobs for the Queen on The Mall

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2022/09/16/QueenZoomPDF/1/triple.html

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2022/09/16/QueenZoomPDF/2/triple.html

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2022/09/16/QueenZoomPDF/3/triple.html

State trumpeters from the Household Cavalry have sounded the Last Post following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s commendation over the Queen’s coffin and a blessing pronounced by the Dean.

Two minute’s silence followed across the country before Reveille was sounded by the trumpeters. The National Anthem is now being sung by the congregation.

In his sermon at the state funeral of the Queen, the Archbishop of Canterbury has told mourners the ‘grief’ felt around the world over her death ‘arises from her abundant life and loving service’, adding: ‘She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.’

The Most Rev Justin Welby said: ‘People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer. But in all cases those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are forgotten. The grief of this day – felt not only by the late Queen’s family but all round the nation, Commonwealth and world – arises from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us.’

He said: ‘We will all face the merciful judgement of God: we can all share the Queen’s hope which in life and death inspired her servant leadership. Service in life, hope in death. All who follow the Queen’s example, and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can with her say: ‘We will meet again.”

The Archbishop, standing in the church where kings and queens have been crowned since 1066, added: ‘People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer.

‘But in all cases those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are forgotten. The grief of this day – felt not only by the late Queen’s family but all round the nation, Commonwealth and world – arises from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us. She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.’

He also said that the Queen had declared on her 21st birthday ‘that her whole life would be dedicated to serving the nation and Commonwealth’. 

‘Rarely has such a promise been so well kept. Few leaders receive the outpouring of love we have seen’, the Archbishop added.

Members of the clergy wait for the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to arrive at Westminster Abbey

+270

Members of the clergy wait for the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to arrive at Westminster Abbey

King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and other senior royals are seen motionless as the Queen's coffin makes its way into Westminster Abbey

+270

King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and other senior royals are seen motionless as the Queen’s coffin makes its way into Westminster Abbey

Prince Harry is seen wearing a morning suit as he walks to his seat behind his brother Prince William whilst displaying his medals

+270

Prince Harry is seen wearing a morning suit as he walks to his seat behind his brother Prince William whilst displaying his medals 

Edward, the Earl of Wessex, walks to his seat next to his wife Sophie, as Prince William follows with his eldest son Prince George

+270

Edward, the Earl of Wessex, walks to his seat next to his wife Sophie, as Prince William follows with his eldest son Prince George

US President Joe Biden is seen standing next to his seat as French President Emmanuel Macron looks pensive in a nearby aisle

+270

US President Joe Biden is seen standing next to his seat as French President Emmanuel Macron looks pensive in a nearby aisle

The Queen begins her final journey from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey

+270

The Queen begins her final journey from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey

Pallbearers gently carried the late monarch's oak coffin, carrying her crown, orb and sceptre

+270

Pallbearers gently carried the late monarch’s oak coffin, carrying her crown, orb and sceptre

The King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward walk to the abbey behind their mother

+270

The King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward walk to the abbey behind their mother

Prince Andrew was fighting tears as the Duke of Sussex followed him

+270

Prince Andrew was fighting tears as the Duke of Sussex followed him

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stands next to King Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales, as they salute during the state funeral

+270

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stands next to King Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales, as they salute during the state funeral

In an scene of extraodinary mourning and majesty, the Queen moves through Parliament Square

+270

In an scene of extraodinary mourning and majesty, the Queen moves through Parliament Square

The King and the royal family march to Westminster Abbey from Westminster Hall

+270

The King and the royal family march to Westminster Abbey from Westminster Hall

The extraordinary scene in Westminster Abbey as the Queen

+270

The extraordinary scene in Westminster Abbey as the Queen 

The Princess of Wales comforts her daughter Princess Charlotte, 7, as she stands next to her brother Prince George, 9

+270

The Princess of Wales comforts her daughter Princess Charlotte, 7, as she stands next to her brother Prince George, 9

A nervous Prince George makes his way into Westminster Abbey alongside his mother, as his sister Princess Charlotte follows behind

+270

A nervous Prince George makes his way into Westminster Abbey alongside his mother, as his sister Princess Charlotte follows behind

Kate rests a caring arm on George and his sister Charlotte as they arrive at the Abbey

+270

Kate rests a caring arm on George and his sister Charlotte as they arrive at the Abbey

Claire Windsor, Countess of Ulster, Lady Cosima Windsor and Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

+270

Claire Windsor, Countess of Ulster, Lady Cosima Windsor and Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Prince George, Prince Charlotte and their mother, the Princess of Wales, walk into Westminster Abbey for today's service

+270

Prince George, Prince Charlotte and their mother, the Princess of Wales, walk into Westminster Abbey for today’s service 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives for the State Funeral

+270

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives for the State Funeral

Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson arrive at the Abbey

+270

Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson arrive at the Abbey

A packed Westminster Abbey prepares for the Queen to arrive

+270

A packed Westminster Abbey prepares for the Queen to arrive

There were cheers and clapping as Prince William, the Princess of Wales and their children George and Charlotte were swept into Parliament Square. King Charles III and Queen Consort, Camilla arrived minutes later.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled down The Mall with a police escort. Harry was seen looking sombre as he was driven in a Range Rover from Wellington Arch, down Constitution Hill and on The Mall towards St James’ Palace. 

He then stood side by side with his brother, before the royals  entered Westminster Hall, where the Queen had been lying in state. 

The UK’s most important church began filling up from 8am as the congregation arrived up to three hours early – including Kate Middleton’s parents – as huge crowds of mourners packed the procession route outside and tens of thousands more went to Windsor, where Her Majesty will be buried later.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte travelled to Westminster Abbey in the same car as the Queen Consort, with the Princess of Wales arriving with them. They arrived at the church shortly after some of the Queen’s grandchildren including Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Michael and Carole Middleton were among hundreds of VIPs who arrived at the UK’s most important church – where Her Majesty married Prince Philip and had her coronation.

2,000 royals, world leaders and hundreds of members of the public have began filing into the Abbey as billions around the world will watch Her Majesty’s state funeral. 

Most of the VIPs arrived by coach, meeting at the Royal Hospital Chelsea before being put on a bus into Central London. Britain’s ministers – past and present – were among the first arrivals including Nadham Zahawi, Ben Wallace and Jacob Rees-Mogg. But US President Jo Biden went to the Abbey in The Beast – his bomb-proof limousine. 

Michael and Carole Middleton, the parents of Kate, the Princess of Wales, arrived two hours early for the service, followed by Tom Parker Bowles, the son of Queen Consort, Camilla. They were also on a bus together – despite their close links to the Royal Family. Celebrities at the funeral include TV personality Bear Grylls.

Funeral flowers in the abbey featured myrtle – which was used in the Queen’s wedding bouquet as is royal tradition. The huge white and green displays of blooms included asiatic lilies, gladioli, alstroemeria, eustoma and foliage of English oak, weeping birch and the sprigs of myrtle.

Around the coffin will stand the four tall yellow candles which usually rest around the grave of the unknown warrior at the entrance to the historic church.

And outside hardy royal fans defied no-camping rules, as people of all ages set up tents, deck chairs and even a makeshift minibar to grab premium seats for the spectacle that will see 2million flood into the capital. By 8.30am member of the public were told that the procession route was full and began diverting people to Hyde Park to watch on the big screens.

The Princess of Wales arrives at the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey today by car with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Queen's Consort

+270

The Princess of Wales arrives at the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey today by car with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Queen’s Consort 

It was confirmed last night that the Prince and Princess of Wales will bring George, nine, and Charlotte, seven, would take part, with sources calling it a 'collective family decision'

+270

It was confirmed last night that the Prince and Princess of Wales will bring George, nine, and Charlotte, seven, would take part, with sources calling it a ‘collective family decision’

'As parents they have, of course, thought long and hard about whether their children should accompany them,' a source said. 'Of course little Louis is too young, but they think George and Charlotte are up to it'

+270

 ‘As parents they have, of course, thought long and hard about whether their children should accompany them,’ a source said. ‘Of course little Louis is too young, but they think George and Charlotte are up to it’

George, Charlotte and Catherine in a car with Camilla, the Queen Consort, as they travel along the Mall to Westminster Abbey

+270

George, Charlotte and Catherine in a car with Camilla, the Queen Consort, as they travel along the Mall to Westminster Abbey

George, Charlotte and Catherine in a car with Camilla, the Queen Consort, as they travel along the Mall to Westminster Abbey

+270

George, Charlotte and Catherine in a car with Camilla, the Queen Consort, as they travel along the Mall to Westminster Abbey 

Norway's King Harald V, 85, is seen on crutches next to his wife Queen Sonja of Norway as he makes his way into Westminster Hall

+270

Norway’s King Harald V, 85, is seen on crutches next to his wife Queen Sonja of Norway as he makes his way into Westminster Hall

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown looks sombre as he makes way into Westminster Hall with his wife Sarah Brown

+270

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown looks sombre as he makes way into Westminster Hall with his wife Sarah Brown

Spain's exiled former King Juan Carols, 84, makes his way into Westminster Hall next to his wife, the former Queen Sofia

+270

Spain’s exiled former King Juan Carols, 84, makes his way into Westminster Hall next to his wife, the former Queen Sofia

Wang Qishan, China's vice president, arrives at Westminster Abbey today for the state funeral of the Queen

+270

Wang Qishan, China’s vice president, arrives at Westminster Abbey today for the state funeral of the Queen

+270

King Charles III is seen on The Mall ahead of The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II 

Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, and his children arrive at Westminster Hall. Charlotte was next to her father. George was in the back

+270

Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, and his children arrive at Westminster Hall. Charlotte was next to her father. George was in the back

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive

+270

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth

+270

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

+270

A long line of mourners walk into the UK’s most important church 

The congregation were in place several hours before the Queen's coffin arrived

+270

The congregation were in place several hours before the Queen’s coffin arrived

Prime Minister Liz Truss arrives at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning

+270

Prime Minister Liz Truss arrives at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning

Former prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arrive at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning

+270

Former prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arrive at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral this morning

+270

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral this morning

Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma - who was friends with the Queen and Prince Philip - at the Abbey

+270

Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma – who was friends with the Queen and Prince Philip – at the Abbey

U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive for the State Funeral

+270

U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive for the State Funeral

The Macrons arrived from Paris yesterday - when they went to see the Queen lying in state

+270

The Macrons arrived from Paris yesterday – when they went to see the Queen lying in state

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte file into the Abbey today as world leaders gathered to say farewell

+270

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte file into the Abbey today as world leaders gathered to say farewell

+270

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte file into the Abbey today as world leaders gathered to say farewell

Former prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

+270

Former prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha outside Westminster Abbey this morning

+270

Former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha outside Westminster Abbey this morning

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today

+270

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins spoke to clergy as he arrived at the funeral

+270

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins spoke to clergy as he arrived at the funeral

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (right) and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

+270

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro (right) and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton, the parents of Kate Middleton, arrive at Westminster Hall this morning

+270

Michael and Carole Middleton – the parents of the Princess of Wales, Kate, arrived two hours early for the state funeral

Tom Parker-Bowles, the son of Queen Consort, Camilla, is among the 2,000 people invited today. Pictured with his wife Sara

+270

Tom Parker-Bowles, the son of Queen Consort, Camilla, is among the 2,000 people invited today. Pictured with his wife Sara

Queen Letizia of Spain and the King of Spain King Felipe VI head for Westminster Abbey

+270

Queen Letizia of Spain and the King of Spain King Felipe VI head for Westminster Abbey

Israel's President Isaac Herzog arrives at Westminster Abbey in London for the Queen's state funeral

+270

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog arrives at Westminster Abbey in London for the Queen’s state funeral 

Tom Parker Bowles arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

+270

Tom Parker Bowles arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

King Charles III's goddaughter India Hicks arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning for the Queen's funeral. Lady Pamela Mountbatten appears to be in a wheelchair. The 93 year old is a first cousin of Prince Philip and a bridesmaid when Elizabeth wed Philip at the Abbey in 1947

+270

King Charles III’s goddaughter India Hicks arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning for the Queen’s funeral. Lady Pamela Mountbatten appears to be in a wheelchair. The 93 year old is a first cousin of Prince Philip and a bridesmaid when Elizabeth wed Philip at the Abbey in 1947

+270

Jacob Rees-Mogg walks into Westminster Abbey as Britain and the world mourns the Queen

British minister Nadhim Zahawi was among one of the first guests to arrive at the Abbey followed shortly afterwards by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

+270

British minister Nadhim Zahawi was among one of the first guests to arrive at the Abbey followed shortly afterwards by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

+270

British minister Nadhim Zahawi was among one of the first guests to arrive at the Abbey followed shortly afterwards by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

Secretary of State for Education, Kit Malthouse arrives at Westminster Abbey

+270

Secretary of State for Education, Kit Malthouse arrives at Westminster Abbey

more videos

Bear Grylls waves on the day of the state funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II outside Westminster Abbey this morning

+270

Bear Grylls waves on the day of the state funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II outside Westminster Abbey this morning 

First Lady of Gabon, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral this morning

+270

First Lady of Gabon, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral this morning

+270

The Abbey fills ahead of the Queen’s funeral today

Commons leader Penny Mordaunt arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning ahead of the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

+270

Commons leader Penny Mordaunt arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning ahead of the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg and Education Secretary Kit Malthouse arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

+270

Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg and Education Secretary Kit Malthouse arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (right) arrives for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II held at Westminster Abbey today

+270

British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer at Westminster Abbey, on the day of state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

+270

Former Conservative leader William Hague walks into the Abbey

Christopher Geidt, the Prime Minister's Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests, and Emma Charlotte Angela Neill arrive at Westminster Abbey

+270

Christopher Geidt, the Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests, and Emma Charlotte Angela Neill arrive at Westminster Abbey

Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, takes his seat in the Abbey

+270

Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, takes his seat in the Abbey

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Chris Heaton-Harris, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, arrived with VIPs on a coach

+270

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Chris Heaton-Harris, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, arrived with VIPs on a coach

Former MP turned Facebook executive Sir Nick Clegg followed Lib Dem leader Ed Davey

+270

Former MP turned Facebook executive Sir Nick Clegg followed Lib Dem leader Ed Davey 

Cop26 president Alok Sharma arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning ahead of the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

+270

Cop26 president Alok Sharma arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning ahead of the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

Two guests greet one another with a hug and a kiss on a sad day for the world

+270

Two guests greet one another with a hug and a kiss on a sad day for the world

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford arrives for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

+270

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford arrives for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

The congregations queues patiently to enter the Abbey at 8am this morning

+270

The congregations queues patiently to enter the Abbey at 8am this morning

David Morgan-Hewitt, aka 'Mr David', from the Goring Hotel in Belgravia, centre right, would always greet the Queen when she arrived and was at today's funeral

+270

David Morgan-Hewitt, aka ‘Mr David’, from the Goring Hotel in Belgravia, centre right, would always greet the Queen when she arrived and was at today’s funeral

Representatives of the British military at Westminster Abbey today, on the day of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

+270

Representatives of the British military at Westminster Abbey today, on the day of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

RELATED ARTICLES

Share this article

Share

The doors of Westminster Abbey opened at 8am, ahead of the arrival of the first mourners for the funeral of the Queen. The King’s Guards trooped through the gates of Abbey, with two soldiers stationed at the metal gates awaiting the start of proceedings.

Amid concerns that London will be ‘full’ today – and a lack of hotel rooms – scores of people began bedding in to line The Mall in central London over the weekend, despite rules – seemingly loosely enforced – preventing people from setting up camp.

This morning, before dawn, stewards told campers to take down their tents. Huge crowds have also formed in Windsor, where the Queen will be buried this evening.

Several who slept in central London overnight said friends and family told them they were ‘mad’ to carry out the overnight vigil, but insisted they would not miss the occasion.

Among them were school friends Christine Manning, 75, and Dianne Donohue, 73, from Leek in Staffordshire, who slept in a pop-up tent.

: A general view inside Westminster Abbey ahead of The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19

+270

: A general view inside Westminster Abbey ahead of The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and his wife, Saadiya Khan, arrive at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

+270

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and his wife, Saadiya Khan, arrive at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

Two Cardinals of the Vatican delegation arrive on the day of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

+270

Two Cardinals of the Vatican delegation arrive on the day of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning

Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey

+270

Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey

+270

Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey

+270

Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning for the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng arrive for the funeral service of Queen Elizabeth II today

+270

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng arrive for the funeral service of Queen Elizabeth II today

Father-of-two Pranav Bhanot, from Chigwell in Essex, who was honoured for his work supporting people throughout the pandemic, helping to deliver 1,200 free meals and Nancy O'Neill, arriving at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today

+270

Father-of-two Pranav Bhanot, from Chigwell in Essex, who was honoured for his work supporting people throughout the pandemic, helping to deliver 1,200 free meals and Nancy O’Neill, arriving at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today

Former Tory leader William Hague attends the state funeral of Her Majesty the Queen at Westminster Abbey this morning

+270

Former Tory leader William Hague attends the state funeral of Her Majesty the Queen at Westminster Abbey this morning

People take selfies as they wait for the State Funeral Procession of Queen Elizabeth II on Whitehall

+270

People take selfies as they wait for the State Funeral Procession of Queen Elizabeth II on Whitehall

Mrs Donohoe, a retired housewife and grandmother-of-three, said: ‘Yes, the advice was not to camp but we disobeyed. We’ve had a good catch-up, we’ve enjoyed it.

‘We were sleeping in the tent and at 4.30am I woke up and asked Chris if she was awake, she was, so we had a whisky and lemonade and a pork pie. A couple more hours’ sleep, then onto the prosecco.

‘We had to take our tent down at 7am because the police told us to, but we couldn’t do it, so we had to get some lad to help us.

‘We’re out of pork pies sadly but we’ve got sausage rolls, and we’ve got some gin now the whisky’s run out – we’re chipper.’

Miss Manning, a retired waitress, added: ‘My kids said we were mad.

‘Well, ‘mental’ is the word they used. They said we were idiots for doing this.

‘I said it had to be done.’

Among those at the top of the Long Walk were Windsor Castle warden Shannon Carroll, 27, and her pals Samantha Geraghty, 24, and Heidi, 26, who declined to give her surname.

Shannon told MailOnline they had arrived at 6am after getting up at 4am to walk from nearby Maidenhead where they all live.

She added:’I’m here to pay my respects to an incredible woman who also happens to be my boss. I’ve worked at the Castle for five years and it’s the least I can do.

‘The Queen was a great employer and an inspirational leader. I don’t think we will ever see anyone like her again.’

A group, wrapped in Union Flags, camped out on chairs overnight to be in London for the funeral

+270

A group, wrapped in Union Flags, camped out on chairs overnight to be in London for the funeral

Crowds camping out at night in Whitehall and Parliament Square to await the funeral

+270

Crowds camping out at night in Whitehall and Parliament Square to await the funeral

Tents on Whitehall this morning in the shadow of the Women of World War II memorial

+270

Tents on Whitehall this morning in the shadow of the Women of World War II memorial

Mourners wrapped in blankets wait with others at Horse Guards ahead of the State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II. Many have camped

+270

Mourners wrapped in blankets wait with others at Horse Guards ahead of the State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II. Many have camped

People slept on the floor and on chairs wrapped in blankets ahead of the first state funeral for almost 60 years

+270

People slept on the floor and on chairs wrapped in blankets ahead of the first state funeral for almost 60 years

Members of the public camped out over night on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, ahead of a State Funeral

+270

Members of the public camped out over night on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, ahead of a State Funeral

The line of people sleeping in London was several deep and stretched towards Green Park and St James' Park

+270

The line of people sleeping in London was several deep and stretched towards Green Park and St James’ Park

A Pearly King and Queen line the Procession Route in London

+270

A Pearly King and Queen line the Procession Route in London

Shannon said:’I queued up for 12 hours overnight Friday into Saturday and that was a very poignant and sombre experience.

‘It was incredibly quiet and still but it was at the same time very respectful and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.’

Heidi said:’We are prepared for the day with snacks and drinks and it looks like it will stay dry. We will have a great view of the procession as it comes up the Long Walk and goes into the castle.

‘When we go here there were quite a few people here already but up the front where we are was surprisingly empty. I think we have the best spot to see history in the making.’

Samantha said: ‘It was an early start but well worth it. We will have a great view but we will have to watch the funeral service itself on our phones as we can’t see the big screens.’

Mourners camped out close to Parliament Square this morning

+270

Mourners camped out close to Parliament Square this morning 

The street is cleaned in advance of the State Funeral Procession of Queen Elizabeth II amid already huge crowds

+270

The street is cleaned in advance of the State Funeral Procession of Queen Elizabeth II amid already huge crowds

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2022/09/16/QueenZoomPDF/1/triple.html

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2022/09/16/QueenZoomPDF/2/triple.html

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2022/09/16/QueenZoomPDF/3/triple.html

The Mall was a frenzy of activity yesterday, as people arrived to lay flowers nearby, get a glimpse of Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards Parade, and bag their vantage points for the funeral procession as it makes its way from Westminster to Windsor.

Tim Thompson, 35, from New Brunswick in Canada, and Charlie Shirley, 36, from north London, also slept in a tent on the Mall.

The pair became friends after being sat next to each other for William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, and resumed their same spot together on Saturday.

Miss Shirley said: ‘We do all the royal events together, it’s like we’re a family.

‘I saw Tim at the Queen’s Jubilee and we said that the next time we see each other would probably be at the Queen’s funeral – we didn’t expect it to be three months later.’

Mr Thompson said: ‘I keep four days’ holiday a year for royal events, so I had to be here.’

American businesswoman Nicole Alford, 40, paid around £1,300 for a last-minute flight to London on Thursday, and said she would camp out until after the funeral.

She said: ‘You don’t come all this way and then watch it on the TV. I want a front-seat of history.

‘My mom said: ‘I can’t believe you’re doing that.’

‘I said: ‘I can’t believe you didn’t think I would do that.’

‘Everybody thinks I’m crazy, but I managed five-and-a-half hours’ uninterrupted sleep on my first night camping out here, so I’m fine.’

Semi-retired teacher Ian Rhodes, 66, and his wife Sue, 58, from Alton in Staffordshire, arrived at the Mall at 11am yesterday to claim their spot – although they said they would sleep in deckchairs rather than pitch a tent.

Mr Rhodes said: ‘The only other time I’ve queued overnight for anything was when Stoke City got to Wembley for the cup final in 1972, and I waited overnight at the club shop with my friends to get tickets.

‘People have said we’re mad, but sanity is relative.’

Mrs Rhodes said the couple’s two adult sons were a bit concerned about their parents ‘roughing it’ overnight in London, but said: ‘I told them we were going to do it anyway – when has their mother ever done what she was told?’

Paulette Galley, from Boston in Lincolnshire, said she was determined to stay on The Mall overnight.

The 54-year-old kitchen assistant, originally from south London, said: ‘I might not get any sleep but I don’t care. She was my Queen, and I want to pay my respects to her.

‘There is no way I wouldn’t be here.’

The Queen’s vault and final resting place beside Philip – and reuniting Us Four: Queen Elizabeth II will today be buried beside her husband in Windsor’s St George’s Chapel where her father George VI, mother Elizabeth and sister Princess Margaret all lie

  • Queen will be buried inside the King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex of St George’s Chapel at Windsor 
  • Her mother and father are buried there, as are the ashes of her sister Princess Margaret 
  • Prince Philip’s coffin, which was interred in the royal vault following his death last April, will also be moved
  • The chapel, which is just 18 feet high, 10 feet wide and 14ft deep, was completed in 1969 

By Harry Howard, History Correspondent for MailOnline 

The Queen’s final resting place will be alongside her beloved husband Prince Philip, sister and parents in Windsor’s St George’s Chapel this evening.

In a final solemn service that will not be televised, the Queen’s closest family, led by her four children, will lay her to rest inside the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is an annex to St George’s. 

Her mother and father are buried there, as are the ashes of her sister Princess Margaret. Prince Philip’s coffin, which was interred in the nearby Royal Vault following his death last April, will also be moved and put next to the Queen’s.

In 1947, just a few days after the then Princess Elizabeth’s wedding, King George VI wrote his daughter a letter in which he said how ‘our family’, which he described as ‘us four’, had to ‘remain together’. 

Then, he was referring to his wife Queen Elizabeth – later the Queen Mother – and two daughters. Tonight, that wish will be honoured. 

During the Committal Service this afternoon, Her Majesty’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault ahead of the private service at 7.30pm.

The King appeared emotional as those in attendance at St George’s Chapel sang the national anthem.

In a touching tribute to his mother, Charles sat in the same seat the Queen had sat in for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Queen had the memorial annex built line with her father King George VI’s wishes, who did not want to  be buried in the royal vault long-term. 

The chapel, which is just 18 feet high, 10 feet wide and 14ft deep, was completed in 1969 and was the first addition to St George’s Chapel since 1504. It cost around £25,000 and was paid for by the Queen. 

Until today, St George’s Chapel housed the remains of a total of 45 royals, including ten monarchs and a further seven of their consorts. The burial of the Queen later will boost the monarch number to 11. 

The Queen's final resting place will be alongside her beloved husband Prince Philip in Windsor's St George's Chapel this evening. Above: The Queen's coffin is carried into St George's Chapel this afternoon

+270

The Queen’s final resting place will be alongside her beloved husband Prince Philip in Windsor’s St George’s Chapel this evening. Above: The Queen’s coffin is carried into St George’s Chapel this afternoon

In a final solemn service that will not be televised, the Queen's closest family, led by her four children, will lay her to rest inside the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is an annex to St George's. Above: The layout of St George's Chapel, and the location of her final resting place

+270

In a final solemn service that will not be televised, the Queen’s closest family, led by her four children, will lay her to rest inside the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is an annex to St George’s. Above: The layout of St George’s Chapel, and the location of her final resting place

In 1947, just a few days after the then Princess Elizabeth's wedding, King George VI wrote his daughter a letter in which he said how 'our family', which he described as 'us four', had to 'remain together'. Then, he was referring to his wife Queen Elizabeth - later the Queen Mother - and two daughters. Tonight, that wish will be honoured. Above: The family in 1938

+270

In 1947, just a few days after the then Princess Elizabeth’s wedding, King George VI wrote his daughter a letter in which he said how ‘our family’, which he described as ‘us four’, had to ‘remain together’. Then, he was referring to his wife Queen Elizabeth – later the Queen Mother – and two daughters. Tonight, that wish will be honoured. Above: The family in 1938

The Committal Service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor and, as well as her family, featured a congregation of friends and mourners from her household past and present, including her personal staff from across her private estates. 

The monarchs and senior royals who are buried in St George’s Chapel 

Queen Elizabeth II – died 2022 

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh – died 2021 

Princess Margaret – died 2002

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother – died 2002

Queen Mary – widow of King George V – died 1953

King George VI – died 1952 

King George V – died 1936 

King Edward VII – died 1910

King George V of Hanover – died 1878

*George was not a king of England 

King William IV – died 1837 

King George IV – died 1830 

King George III – died 1820 

King Charles I – died 1649 

King Henry VIII – died 1547 

King Edward IV – died 1483 

King Henry VI – died 1471

At the end of the final hymn, the King placed the Grenadier Guards’ Queen’s Company Colour – the royal standard of the regiment – on the coffin. 

Baron Parker, the Lord Chamberlain and the most senior official in the late Queen’s royal household, then ‘broke’ his Wand of Office and placed it on the Coffin.

As the coffin was lowered into the royal vault, the Garter King of Arms pronounced the styles and titles of the Queen and the Sovereign’s Piper played a lament before walking slowly away to allow the music to fade. 

During this evening’s private burial service, the Dean of Windsor will again conduct proceedings.

At present, a black stone slab is set into the floor of the King George VI Memorial Chapel. 

It features the names of George VI and his wife Elizabeth – who died in 2002 – in gold lettering, above the dates of their births and deaths. 

Near there is a slab of black-and-white diamond-shaped stones which is taken away for funerals to gain access to a lift.

Princess Margaret died just weeks before her mother and was subsequently cremated. Her ashes were initially kept in the royal vault and were then moved to the chapel to be with her parents. 

The memorial chapel was added to the north side of St George’s, behind two of the buttresses holding up the building’s north wall. 

The ceremony to transfer King George’s body there was private, as was the dedication of the chapel the following week.

St George’s Chapel itself was ordered by King Edward IV, with construction beginning in 1475 and finishing in 1528 under the reign of King Henry VIII.

Henry is among the monarchs to be buried there. The others include George III, George IV, George V and William IV.

Other royals who are buried there include Queen Victoria’s father Prince Edward, George III’s wife Queen Charlotte and Queen Mary’s grandfather Prince Adolphus.

As well as burials, successive royal weddings have been held in the chapel, including Queen Victoria’s to Prince Albert and Prince Harry’s to Meghan Markle in 2018. 

Last April, moving images showed the Queen having to sit alone due to coronavirus regulations during Prince Philip’s funeral inside the chapel.  

The King looks moved as her mother is finally laid to rest during the service of committal. In a touching tribute to his mother, Charles sat in the same seat the Queen had sat in for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral during the Covid-19 pandemic

+270

The King looks moved as her mother is finally laid to rest during the service of committal. In a touching tribute to his mother, Charles sat in the same seat the Queen had sat in for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Crown Jeweller, left, removes the Imperial State Crown from the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as she enters the royal crypt as a 'simple Christian soul'

+270

The Crown Jeweller, left, removes the Imperial State Crown from the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as she enters the royal crypt as a ‘simple Christian soul’

The Queen had the memorial annex built line with her father King George VI's wishes, who did not want to be buried in the royal vault long-term

+270

The Queen had the memorial annex built line with her father King George VI’s wishes, who did not want to be buried in the royal vault long-term

At present, a black stone slab is set into the floor of the King George VI Memorial Chapel. It features the names of George VI and his wife Elizabeth - who died in 2002 - in gold lettering, above the dates of their births and deaths.

+270

At present, a black stone slab is set into the floor of the King George VI Memorial Chapel. It features the names of George VI and his wife Elizabeth – who died in 2002 – in gold lettering, above the dates of their births and deaths. 

St George's Chapel itself was ordered by King Edward IV, with construction beginning in 1475 and finishing in 1528 under the reign of King Henry VIII

+270

St George’s Chapel itself was ordered by King Edward IV, with construction beginning in 1475 and finishing in 1528 under the reign of King Henry VIII

The Queen had the memorial annex built line with her father King George VI's wishes, who did not want to be buried in the royal vault (pictured) long-term

+270

The Queen had the memorial annex built line with her father King George VI’s wishes, who did not want to be buried in the royal vault (pictured) long-term 

An image from 1910 shows the interior of the royal vault, where Prince Philip will be moved from to join the Queen

+270

An image from 1910 shows the interior of the royal vault, where Prince Philip will be moved from to join the Queen

RELATED ARTICLES

Share this article

Share

The King George VI Memorial Chapel was completed in 1969 and was built behind two of the buttresses holding up the building's north wall. It is seen above in 1969

+270

The King George VI Memorial Chapel was completed in 1969 and was built behind two of the buttresses holding up the building’s north wall. It is seen above in 1969

Last April, moving images showed the Queen having to sit alone due to coronavirus regulations during Prince Philip's funeral inside the chapel

+270

Last April, moving images showed the Queen having to sit alone due to coronavirus regulations during Prince Philip’s funeral inside the chapel

Queen Elizabeth II watching as the coffin of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, is placed on the catafalque at St George's Chapel

+270

Queen Elizabeth II watching as the coffin of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, is placed on the catafalque at St George’s Chapel

King George VI's funeral was held in St George's Chapel at Windsor on February 15, 1952. Above: The new Queen stands by after her father's coffin has been lowered into the royal vault

+270

King George VI’s funeral was held in St George’s Chapel at Windsor on February 15, 1952. Above: The new Queen stands by after her father’s coffin has been lowered into the royal vault 

Earlier monarchs were laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, where they still lie in a royal vault under the Henry VII Chapel. 

Her Majesty’s majestic state funeral took place this morning in front of 2,000 guests inside Westminster Abbey. 

Included among them were hundreds of world leaders, kings and queens and other royals, foreign dignitaries and a select few members of the public who had been awarded honours. 

King Charles III was left close to tears during the service, where the Archbishop of Canterbury described the Queen as having touched ‘a multitude of lives’ and been a ‘joyful’ figure for many.

The Queen was head of state but also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and in a personal touch, the wreath adorning her coffin had a handwritten note penned by the King. The message said: ‘In loving and devoted memory.’

Mourners filled the streets of the capital to cheer, applaud and throw flowers in the path of her state hearse following the funeral attended by world leaders, foreign royalty and leading figures from the fight against Covid-19 among more than 2,000 guests.

Hundreds of thousands then watched the ceremonial procession from the Abbey to Wellington Arch – a rare spectacle of thousands of sailors, soldiers and airmen accompanying the former head of the Armed Forces or lining the route.

The royal family were united in their loss, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex briefly back with the family they left, but as the Queen’s son the Earl of Wessex said in tribute, in death, as in life, they were sharing their ‘beloved mama’ with others.

The Lord Chamberlain, Lord Parker of Minsmere, breaks his Wand of Office in a symbolic moment when power is transferred from the Queen

+270

The Lord Chamberlain, Lord Parker of Minsmere, breaks his Wand of Office in a symbolic moment when power is transferred from the Queen

King Charles III places the the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin as she was about to be lowered into the crypt

+270

King Charles III places the the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin as she was about to be lowered into the crypt

The overwhelmed monarch then turned away as he said goodbye to his mother and her power and titles moved to him

+270

The overwhelmed monarch then turned away as he said goodbye to his mother and her power and titles moved to him

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at the Queen's coffin as the Royal Family mourn her loss

+270

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at the Queen’s coffin as the Royal Family mourn her loss

As the crown jewels were removed, Princess Charlotte pointed and spoke to her mother as Harry and Meghan looked on

+270

As the crown jewels were removed, Princess Charlotte pointed and spoke to her mother as Harry and Meghan looked on

The Sussexes and the Wales' sing as Her Majesty the Queen had her symbols of monarchy removed along with her titles

+270

The Sussexes and the Wales’ sing as Her Majesty the Queen had her symbols of monarchy removed along with her titles

Her state hearse arrived at a Windsor strewn with flowers after the sight of the Queen had been cheered and applauded by mourners along the route.

When the Queen was lying in state, a river of people flowed past her coffin, paying their respects over four days.

At the end there were touching moments, with the Queen’s fell pony Emma, held by her stud groom and manager, standing a few feet from the coffin as the procession entered the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Waiting in the royal residence’s quadrangle were her two corgis Muick and Sandy – gifts from her son the Duke of York – as the funeral procession passed.

The Queen was head of state but also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and, in a personal touch, the wreath adorning her coffin had a handwritten note from the King.

The message said: ‘In loving and devoted memory. Charles R’.

Charles had requested the floral tribute, which replaced a wreath of Balmoral flowers, with foliage and blooms cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove.

Share or comment on this article:

Moment Queen’s coffin is lowered into St George’s Chapel vault to lie beside Prince Philip

Most watched News videos Embed this

Comments 1146

Share what you think

  View all

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

Twinkletoes26, Somewhere , United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

Whether you like the royals or not. You cannot deny that their love story was beautiful.

601202Click to rate

Mrsthm, Gosport, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

A very sad, emotional, poignant, but absolutely fabulous, unforgettable day. A massive thank you to everyone involved, you must be exhausted. You did the UK proud. x

361390Click to rate

Mrs Marshal Dillon, Dodge City Ks, United States, 1 hour ago

Time waits for no one… Even though she was 96 it seemed she could live forever. Rest easy Queen Elizabeth.

311164Click to rate

Readingeverything, Cheshire, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

We love you Ma’am, and also those boys carrying you, wow, great job x

251021Click to rate

george mac, Keighley, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

What a fantastic send of for our beloved Queen.

32814Click to rate

Jason, Bath, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

They were all outstanding…the send off our beautiful Queen deserved…thank you your Majesty for a promised kept…you will be missed 😦 x

15712Click to rate

ericalfc , worcester , United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

Rest in peace you Majesty. Thank you for your duty and service, go now and be with your beloved Philip, your Father, your Mother and sister, Margret. We shall never forget you xx

10650Click to rate

I know I know but, Manchester, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

What a perfect day of respect and a beautiful funeral to be so proud of for our perfect Queen. To everyone involved who worked so hard, a huge thank you.

14596Click to rate

I Super Fly Guy I, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

What a fantastic send-off. Rest in peace Your Majesty.

9507Click to rate

Cherrybloss, Canberra, Australia, 1 hour ago

What a spectacular beautiful event unfortunately a very sad one

9514Click to rate

  View all

The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

Add your comment

Enter your comment

By posting your comment you agree to our house rules.

Published by Nelle

I am interested in writing short stories for my pleasure and my family's but although I have published four family books I will not go down that path again but still want what I write out there so I will see how this goes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: