Queen’s funeral: King leads Royal Family in procession as coffin is carried from Westminster Abbey in f… – The Sun

THE Queen’s coffin has begun its final journey following an emotional state funeral service.

King Charles is leading the Royal Family in a sombre procession behind Her Majesty from Westminster Abbey to Windsor, where she will be reunited with her beloved husband Prince Philip.

Prince William and his father the King at the Queen's state funeral

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Prince William and his father the King at the Queen’s state funeralCredit: Reuters
Members of the Royal Family follow the Queen's coffin on its final journey

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Members of the Royal Family follow the Queen’s coffin on its final journey
The royals moments before saluting the coffin

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The royals moments before saluting the coffinCredit: Reuters
The Queen's coffin during the slow procession at 75 paces a minute

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

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A sombre procession as Her Majesty’s coffin begins in journey to Windsor
An emotional-looking King views his mother's coffin

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An emotional-looking King views his mother’s coffinCredit: Reuters
An aerial view of the sombre procession

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An aerial view of the sombre procession
The Queen's four children say goodbye to by their mother

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The Queen’s four children say goodbye to by their motherCredit: AFP
The Duke of Sussex, Queen Consort Camilla, Princess of Wales, Prince George and Charlotte

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The Duke of Sussex, Queen Consort Camilla, Princess of Wales, Prince George and CharlotteCredit: Reuters
Crowds lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the action

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Crowds lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the action
The King and his son, the heir to the throne, salute

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The King and his son, the heir to the throne, saluteCredit: Reuters
The procession files past London's Big Ben

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The procession files past London’s Big BenCredit: Reuters

He is joined by his brothers Andrew and Edward and sister Anne, as well as Princes William and Harry.

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

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

There was a hush from the crowd – 30-deep in places – in Whitehall as the procession moved past the Cabinet War Rooms, the Cenotaph and Downing Street.

Tearful King Charles leads Queen Elizabeth II's coffin as it heads to Windsor
Viewers spot a stowaway on the Queen's flowers

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.

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

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

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery are firing minute guns in Hyde Park and Big Ben is tolling during the procession. 

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At Wellington Arch, the bearer party will lift the Queen’s coffin from the State Gun Carriage into the glass-backed State Hearse, which Her Majesty helped design. 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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The funeral procession marches down The Mall following the service at Westminster AbbeyCredit: Reuters
Senior royals in the front row at the Queen's state funeral

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Other royals appeared deep in thought during the service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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