Queens funeral begins as solemn Royals file into Westminster ahead of procession

The Queen’s coffin has arrived at Westminster Abbey and has been carried inside the venue by the bearer party of Grenadier Guards ahead of her state funeral service.

Members of the Royal Family looked united in grief as they made their way to Westminster Abbey as part of the main funeral procession for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Led by King Charles III, senior royals joined the main procession as they walked behind Her Majesty’s coffin as it made the short journey from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey.

As the coffin was carried by the 98 Royal Navy sailors on the State Gun carriage, the King could be seen walking immediately behind the vehicle while his siblings the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex followed soon after.

Elsewhere, Princes William and Harry put their differences aside to walk side-by-side alongside their cousin Peter Phillips.

The coffin has been draped in the Royal Standard and carries the Imperial State Crown and a wreath of flowers containing plants from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House.

The royals were greeted by thousands of mourners who gathered outside of the Palace of Westminster to be a part of the historic occasion.

Following her tragic death on 8 September, the Queen has been lying-in-state at Westminster Hall where members of the public queued in their thousands to pay their respects to the late monarch.

However, Her Majesty's lying-in-state period formally came to an end at 6.30am this morning and Westminster Hall closed to the public in preparation ahead of her funeral.

At 8am today, 2,000 official guests including Carole Middleton and Bear Grylls began descending on Westminster Abbey ahead of what is the first state funeral in more than five decades.

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Meanwhile, guests including President of the United States Joe Biden and Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, also took their seats to mark the end of Her Majesty's unprecedented 70-year reign.

Other guests seen arriving at the funeral include former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon.

Following the moving funeral, which will be filled with prayers, hymns and readings that capture the essence and integrity of everything the Queen came to represent, the Queen’s Piper will close the service with a traditional bagpipe piece.

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Another procession will then take place before the state hearse takes the coffin on its final journey to Windsor Castle where Her Majesty will be laid to rest in the royal vault next to her husband Prince Philip, who passed away last year.


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