The Queen is back at Windsor to be with her beloved Prince Philip

Back to Windsor and her beloved Philip: Hundreds of Household Cavalry march alongside Queen’s flower-covered coffin on procession to castle and St George’s Chapel where monarch will be lowered into vault after service

  • The Queen’s coffin has been taken to Windsor for burial after procession through London to Wellington Arch 
  • 2,000 royals, world leaders, VIPs and hundreds of members of the public were at Abbey for state funeral
  • The King, his siblings, children and other royals marched solemnly behind the coffin from Parliament
  • 2million people are in London to say farewell to Britain’s longest serving monarch who died 11 days ago 
  • People began camping in central London despite being told that they wouldn’t be allowed ahead of event
  • Huge crowds also gathered in Windsor where the Queen will be laid to rest in private family service tonight  
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

The Queen has returned to Windsor – and will be reunited for eternity with her beloved husband Prince Philip – and was greeted with a carpet of flowers as mourners arrived at St George’s Chapel for the Queen’s Committal service.

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 at Balmoral 11 days ago.  

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

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

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

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

Soldiers bow as the Queen approaches in her hearse

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

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

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

Queen Elizabeth II’s body arrives at her beloved Windsor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Members of the congregation are expected to 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.

Huge crowds cheer the Queen and throw flowers in her path

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The Dean of Windsor’s bidding, which was written after the Queen’s death, includes the words: ‘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.

‘In the midst of our rapidly changing and frequently troubled world, her calm and dignified presence has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and with hope.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Queen is marched towards Buckingham Palace for the last time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

The procession marches along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace

The Queen's coffin crosses Horse Guards Parade this afternoon

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

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

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

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

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 

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II departs Westminster Abbey

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II departs Westminster Abbey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Imperial State Crown resting on top of the coffin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The coffin arrives at the State Funeral

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outside Britons cried for their Queen

Outside Britons cried for their Queen

Outside Britons cried for their Queen

Outside Britons cried for their Queen

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

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

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 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.”

The Dean of Windsor gave the bidding, ahead of the first hymn, ‘The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended’, written by John Ellerton, and which evokes the image of one day, one era, leading into another.

He told the congregation: ‘Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we gather from across the nation, from the Commonwealth, and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to remember her long life of selfless service, and in sure confidence to commit her to the mercy of God our maker and redeemer.’

The Bidding will be followed by Baroness Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, delivering the First Lesson in tribute to The Queen’s lifetime of dedication and service to the family of nations.

The Lesson is taken from Corinthians 15, and includes the line, ‘O death, where is thy sting?’.

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.

They include rosemary, for remembrance, and myrtle cut from a plant which was grown from a sprig of myrtle in the Queen’s wedding bouquet. Myrtle is an ancient symbol of a happy marriage.

Also included are English oak to symbolise the strength of love, pelargoniums, garden roses, autumnal hydrangea, sedum, dahlias and scabious.

These are in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with touches of white, to reflect the Royal Standard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The extraordinary scene in Westminster Abbey as the Queen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives for the State Funeral

Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson arrive at the Abbey

Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson arrive at the Abbey

A packed Westminster Abbey prepares for the Queen to arrive

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

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'

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'

 ‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

: 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

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

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

Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey

Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (SUN) 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.’

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