Queen funeral watch LIVE: Coffin leaves abbey as royals sob and sing national anthem – The Mirror

Royals wiped away tears and sang along to the national anthem as the state funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II drew to a close today.

The coffin has now left Westminster Abbey as the procession sets off for Wellington Arch, which will be the public’s first view. It will be driven to Windsor before a secnd service at St George’s Chapel, for just 800 people.

Prince Andrew was seen sobbing behind The Queen’s coffin while brave Prince George and Princess Charlotte walked with their mother and father.

The Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers is in the abbey and we have reporters on the scene in Westminster, on The Mall, central London and Windsor throughout the day.

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Emotions run high as King Charles wipes away a tear during his mother’s funeral

Emotional King Charles was seen wiping away a tear during his mother’s funeral.

The new monarch was visibly upset as the state ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey.

Leaders from around the world attended the moving ceremony, which is expected to be the most watched TV event in history.

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The new King was overcome with emotion at his ‘beloved mother’s’ funeral (Sky News)

King Charles’ handwritten note on Queen’s coffin pays tribute to ‘devoted’ mum

The Queen’s coffin has been adorned with a beautiful wreath of flowers for her historic state funeral today – and the stunning bloom has a simple message placed within it.

The colourful funeral wreath includes a poignant connection to the Queen’s late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and includes a sprig of flowers from her wedding to her late husband, who she shared more than 73 years of marriage with.

And the message left in the flowers has been written by her son King Charles and simply reads: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”

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The display on top of the Queen’s coffin (SKY NEWS)

Tears stream down mourners’ faces as funeral concludes

Tears streamed down the faces of mourners among the crowds on Constitution Hill as the service drew to a close at Westminster Abbey.

Others began putting away iPads and tablets, which they streamed the service on and held up to allow those further back to watch, in anticipation for the passing of the cortege.

The street was lined with a half-company from the Royal Air Force (RAF) standing alongside police officers.

As the national anthem was sung after the service, the clouds parted and the sun shone through the trees in Green Park.

A woman wipes away tears outside Westminster Abbey (PA)

Inside The Mall where thousands watch the funeral procession and say goodbye to the Queen

On The Mall and in front of Buckingham Palace the funeral is played through tannoys which are slightly out of sink, providing an echo effect that seems to add gravitas to the words.

People stand stock still as they watch the queen’s guards in their tall furry hats march past. Up and above the scene is Queen Victoria rendered in marble atop her monument.

She casts a stoney eye down the road towards Westminster, her expression mirrored in the sombre faces of the crowd.

Police, servicemen, and people and young listen quietly to the sermon and choral song, but when two minute’s silence is called all you can hear in this central London street is the occasional sound of children playing before parents rush to muffle them. Then, for the last time, we stand tall as the choir sings “God save the Queen,” and for the first time all morning the sun begins to shine.

People lined up on The Mall since the early hours of the morning to have a front row view of the historic funeral (REUTERS)

King Charles appears emotional as royals sing national anthem

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.

King Charles appeared emotional (SKY NEWS)

Gripping his ceremonial sword, Charles looked downcast as he stared straight ahead while a piper played Sleep, Dearie, Sleep.

Crowds on Long Walk fell silent

Crowds along the Long Walk in Windsor fell silent to observe the two minutes’ silence in respect of the Queen.

The atmosphere grew eerily quiet, still and sombre as the sound of The Last Post sounded from large screens broadcasting the state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

Members of the largely black-clad crowd could be seen bowing their heads.

Huge behind the scene effort to keep procession running like clockwork

There has been incredible work behind the scenes as the service continued.

The gun carriage was brought back in front of the Abbey waiting for the Queen’s hearse.

Some of her senior members of staff are standing in full mourning dress ready to pay their final respects.

Guests file out of the Abbey as the service finishes

The mourners inside Westminster Abbey are beginning to file out behind the Queen’s coffin, with the service now finished.

The Queen’s coffin is carried out of the Abbey (SKY NEWS)

God Save The King lyrics – words for new national anthem and rarely heard second verse

A powerful rendition of God Save The King was sung at the Queen’s funeral today – but not many people actually know all of the lyrics.

The origins of the UK’s National Anthem are somewhat obscure, because it’s been around for nearly 300 years.

The God Save The King was a patriotic song first publicly performed in London in 1745 – and came to be known as the National Anthem at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

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Thousands burst into applause following two minutes silence in Hyde Park

Thousands of people lining the mile-long South Carriage Drive stood in silence for two minutes before bursting into applause when the trumpets sounded at the end of the service.

One man wiped away a tear as the crowd stood listening only to the wind in the trees and far off sound of a child playing.

Some people mouthed along to the Lord’s Prayer as it came through the speakers. Others sang along to God Save The King.

A woman wipes away tears during the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II (REUTERS)

Princess Charlotte ‘let George take lead’ as Kate kept ‘watchful eye’ says expert

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were “not scared” of their historic roles at the Queen’s funeral today, a body language expert has said.

The Queen’s great-grandchildren joined the King and their parents the Prince and Princess of Wales in the procession at Westminster Abbey today as they mourn the monarch. Now a body language expert has told the Daily Star how Charlotte let George ‘take the lead’ at the state funeral.

The nine-year-old future king could be seen walking ahead of his seven-year-old sister as they joined the procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it was carried by the military bearer party.

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Princess Charlotte (Getty Images)

Manchester bowed its head as city fell silent to pay goodbye to Queen

It was set to be a typically Mancunian send off – moving, heartfelt and very, very wet.

But after hours of rain, as the city bowed its head to honour the late Queen, the clouds parted – and for a brief time a brilliant, September sun shone through.

Sheltering under coats, ponchos and giant golf umbrellas, people had waited all morning; braving pigeon-grey skies and driving rain to pay their final respects and witness an incredible display of unparalleled pageantry.

The usually bustling city centre fell completely silent just after 1040 – as her majesty’s coffin began its journey to Westminster Abbey.

Watching in Exchange Square were mum and daughter, Joan, 73 and Sharon, 53, Fahy (CORR), a bank manager, from Middleton.

They’d arrived hours earlier to honour the woman they called ‘the only Queen we have ever known – the one stable thing in these troubled times’.

Joan, 73, and Sharon, 53, Fahy, a mum and daughter, were amongst the first to arrive in Exchange Square, Manchester to watch the historic event

Crying Joan said: “I’ve never experienced anything like this.

“She was the constant – for all of my life, being here, it’s the least we could do.”

As the service itself began, remarkably, the relentless rain suddenly paused.

Retired Scottish roofer, Wallace Ray, 66, was one of those who’d sat stoically through the showers.

He’d left his home in Glasgow at 0430 to drive across the border and be here.

Unpacking a bag filled with scotch eggs, ham rolls and a flask, he explained: “I wanted to be here in England to see it.

“It just felt like the right thing to do.”

Nus Khan, 54, a social worker from Bolton, had come prepared too, with a bag full of cosy blankets.

“She spent her whole life serving us so the least we can do is give her a few hours,” she explained, smiling.

“It’s been such a sad time – I’ve been crying every day. She was everybody’s – she belonged to all of us.

“I could have watched it at home but it wouldn’t have been the same. I knew I wanted to be here, in Manchester.”

A short walk away, inside the city’s cathedral – visited by the queen in her last trip to Manchester last summer – almost 1,000 people sat, spellbound by the spectacle.

Sunlight flooded into the space – showing the historic event on three large screens – just as the service itself began.

Lisa Duffy, 53, a hairdresser from Levenshulme, had been one of the first to arrive. Dressed in a Union Jack dress and tights and sporting brightly dyed hair and a chain of safety pins through her nose she said the queen was a strong, amazing woman.

“I’m a punk,” she explained, “and I love the queen too. She was a strong, powerful woman and I wanted to look my best for her today.

“This is her last goodbye.”

The Warrington family, from Salford, had come here in the hope that son, Rowan, two, would remember the day.

“I was something we felt we wanted to do as a family,” says dad, Mike, 35.

“It felt important to come here and watch it with other people, rather than just at home. This was a moment to be shared.”

Solemn mood outside Buckingham Palace as Brits sob during two minutes silence

The mood was very solemn on Constitution Hill, close to the gates of Buckingham Palace, as the Prime Minister’s reading rang out from the speakers.

There was a wide range of ages here, as families and loved ones hold hands. A man put his arm around his partner as she wiped a tear away. In a short time the monarch’s coffin will pass by the Palace for the final time on its way to Windsor.

Two minutes’ silence, announced over the tannoy system, is impeccably observed outside Buckingham Palace. Many bow their heads in quiet thought as birds can be heard singing in the trees – very unusual in this part of London.

Thousands watch funeral service on big screens in silence on the Long Walk

Thousands are watching the service in respectful silence via big screens on Windsor’s Long Walk.

The only noise that can be heard apart from the screens is the din of airplane engines passing overhead.

Thousands of mourners watch the funeral service on big screens at the Long Walk, in Windsor (Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock)

King Charles’ poignant handwritten note sits in wreath on top of Queen’s coffin

The Queen’s coffin has been adorned with a beautiful wreath of flowers for her historic state funeral today – and the stunning bloom has a simple message placed within it.

The colourful funeral wreath includes a poignant connection to the Queen’s late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and includes a sprig of flowers from her wedding to her late husband, who she shared more than 73 years of marriage with. And the message left in the flowers has been written by her son King Charles – although the exact words on it are not yet clear.

The beautiful wreath with the note and the Imperial State Crown on the coffin (SKY NEWS)

The wreath has been made completely sustainable, on request of the King and will be buried with her at Windsor. It contains plants from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House.

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Archbishop says worldwide grief for Queen ‘arises from her abundant life and loving service’

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 added: “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.”‘

Parts of Hyde Park fall silent as funeral service played across park

People on South Carriage Drive listened in a hush to the hymns of the funeral service through loudspeakers, interrupted only by police radios and two young children loudly scampering through the crowd.

A grey-haired man in a flat cap followed the words of the songs on an order of service printed across the full page of a newspaper while people gathered round.

Other people gathered round phones, watching what pixelated streams of the service they could get on the overloaded mobile network.

Distraught Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward both wipe tears at Queen’s funeral

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex were both left in tears at the Queen’s funeral today in heartbreaking scenes.

The Countess of Wessex, who was regarded as Her Majesty’s closest daugher-in-law and was even referred to as her ‘second daughter’ due to their incredibly close bond. was seen wiping away tears with a tissue.

While her husband, who is the Queen’s youngest son, used his white gloves to mop up his tears during a very emotional service.

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Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex dab away tears (pixel8000)

Nine-year-old girl travels to London with toy corgi called Lilibeth

Alice Lucas, nine, from Chester travelled to The Mall with her toy corgi whose called Lilibeth, after the Queen.

Tucked into the dog’s collar is an artificial white flower. Alice explains that ten years ago, when her mother was pregnant with her, she came to watch the Diamond Jubilee.

“When we opened this bag, this flower flew out which had been in there since that day so we put it on the dog!” she says. “It is a toy I will keep for long time.”

“Everyday in school since the queen died we’ve been doing a minute’s silence,” says Alice.

“I think the Queen was really special and honest, and really kind.”

Alice Lucas, 9, Chester, on The Mall with her toy Corgi

A mourner cries as funeral is played on radio outside

A woman cries among the crowds at Windsor (REUTERS)

Soldiers space out as radio broadcast plays

Groups of soldiers marched in units on Horseguards Parade and Horseguards Road.

They have now spaced themselves out in front of the crowd, lining the road and path.

The Queen’s funeral radio broadcast plays in the background.

Mourners at Westminster Abbey (via REUTERS)

Windsor locals camp out on front step from early hours of morning – declaring ‘front row or nothing’

Windsor locals Sally O’Brien, 60, and Suzi Oliver, 46, live just yards from the Long Walk and have been camped out since 5.45am this morning.

Sally said: “It was the front row or nothing for us. We walk our dogs here everyday.

“Occasionally you could see the Queen riding her horse or Prince Philip galloping on his carriage.

“So we feel quite attached to her, every single day you’re part of her life.

“There’s a really feeling of friendship in the crowds, we’ve been posing for pics with other people and making friends.”

Suzi said: “I think that’s what the Queen would have wanted, it’s a great sense of occasion.”

Princess Charlotte gives sweet nod to Queen’s favourite hobby with tiny pin at funeral

Princess Charlotte paid her own personal tribute to her great-grandmother the Queen at her state funeral by wearing a small badge with a nod to one of her loves.

Charlotte, aged seven, walked behind the Queen’s coffin with her brother Prince George and parents the Prince and Princess of Wales dressed in black and wearing a formal hat for the first time.

And pinned to her coat was a small and delicate pin badge of a horseshoe – with horses being a great passion of the late Queen – and Charlotte herself known to be learning how to ride.

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Princess Charlotte is wearing a small and delicate pin badge of a horseshoe (REUTERS)

Woman had ‘slush fund’ ready to fly from Australia for Queen’s funeral

“It was really important for me to be here.” One woman, who gave her name as Kathy, said after she had travelled from Australia to join the crowds, first in London, now in Windsor.

The staunch monarchist said: “I left Australia on Tuesday and went to the vigil on Wednesday night.

“I had a slush fund set aside to come to the funeral. She was an amazing woman for everyone in the world.”

Advertising executive Katherine Erskine, 29, on the Long Walk with her mum Liz, 64, was a pupil at Brigidine school in Windsor where pupils used to line up to cheer the Queen as she went past on the way to Ascot races.

Katherine Erskine, 29, of London, in the crowds at Windsor

Katherine, now living in London, later saw HRH on her 2012 Jubillee visit to De Montfort University in Leicester. “For me she is a feminist icon, who achieved so much as a woman in a patriarchal society,” she said.

“It is very poignant beause this is the last Queen I will see in my lifetime, and I think she did so much for women during her reign.”

Peter Philips and Zara and Mike Tindall

Peter Philips and Zara and Mike Tindall (SKY NEWS)

Meghan and Harry during the service

Spider crawls across card on Queen’s coffin

Several people on social media noted the appearance of a spider on the Queen’s coffin as the ceremony took place.

The creature was seen crawling across a piece of card placed on the coffin alongside the crown and a floral display.

A view of the proceedings from the near the ceiling

A birds-eye view of the funeral (BBC)

Prince George sings The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended

Prince George was seen singing The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended as he stood between his parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Prince George sings alongside other royals (SKY NEWS)

Baroness Scotland reads from Corinthians 15

Reading the First Lesson, from Corinthians 15, Baroness Scotland told the congregation: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

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

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

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