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Sophie Winkleman at the Queen's funeal
Sophie Winkleman (top left) attended the Queen’s funeral (Picture: BBC)

Peep Show star Sophie Winkleman has been spotted in attendance at the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday morning.

The Big Suze actress, who was seen standing vigil by the late monarch’s coffin in Westminster Hall earlier this week, was among those paying their respects to Her Majesty following her death at Balmoral on September 8 aged 96.

The funeral service began shortly after 11am the royal family, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, walking behind the lead-lined oak casket through the church.

The monumental day marks the last of the national mourning period, and the climax of the biggest security operation the UK has ever seen, surpassing the Platinum Jubilee and 2012 London Olympics.

Big Suze’s Winkleman was spied walking into Westminster Abbey ahead of the service. Dressed in black, she completed her outfit with a black hat.

Winkleman recently stunned those turning into the BBC’s live footage when she was seen standing with the royals on Friday.

Sophie Winkleman as Big Suze in Peep Show
Winkleman is best known for playing Big Suze in Peep Show (Picture: Channel 4)
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Winkleman married into the royal family when she wed Lord Frederick Windsor (Picture: Wire Image)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried into Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. Tristan Fewings/Pool via REUTERS
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was carried into Westminster Abbey (Picture: Reuters)
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The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral on September 9 aged 96 (Picture: Getty)

What is Sophie Winkleman’s connection to the royal family?

The actress, who played Jez’s (Robert Webb) love interest Big Suze in Peep Show for four series, married into the royal family after tying the knot to Lord Frederick Windsor in 2009, with her title becoming Lady Frederick Windsor.

Lord Frederick is the son of Prince Michael of Kent, a cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.

Winkleman is also the half-sister of Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman.

In addition to Peep Show, she also starred in productions including Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Robin Hood and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Winkleman and her husband, who’s 43, have two daughters together, born in 2013 and 2016 respectively.

Famous faces including Sandra Oh and Bear Grylls were also at the Queen’s funeral.

Killing Eve actress Oh was part of the Canadian delegation and was pictured entering Westminster Abbey alongside other recipients of the country’s national honours.

The 51-year-old joined the delegation as a member of the Order of Canada, alongside musician Gregory Charles and Olympic gold medallist swimmer Mark Tewksbury.

She was granted the honour in June for her ‘artistic career filled with memorable stage, television and film roles in Canada and abroad’.

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