The Queen’s coffin was last seen in public before she was buried next to her husband – as the nation was bidding farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
Thousands of people lined the long walkway to Windsor Castle and erupted into applause as the coffin was carried in procession to the landmark.
A referral ceremony was held at St George’s Chapel on the castle grounds, where the Queen’s coffin was lowered in the Royal Vault, with a private burial service taking place later this evening.
The Queen’s final burial place is in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex to the main chapel where her mother and father are buried with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.
The coffin of the Queen’s beloved husband, Prince Philip, has been moved from the royal vault to the Memorial Chapel for her to join.
In a touching gesture, the late Queen’s two best friends, her dogs Moek and Sandy, were part of the day and showed up outside St George’s Chapel.
About 800 people attended the honoring ceremony, including senior members of the royal family, members of the Queen’s family and Windsor real estate employees.
The King occupied the same seat as the Queen sat alone for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the last chant, the imperial crown, orb and scepter were removed from the queen’s coffin, and laid upon the altar.
At the end of the last hymn, the king puts the color of the camp of the Queen’s Company of the Grenadier Guards on the sarcophagus.
The coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault while Dean Windsor was reading the psalm. Then the Queen played a lament as she turned away in a symbolic gesture.
The Archbishop of Canterbury then concluded the service with a blessing before worshipers sang the national anthem.
Earlier, the King led members of the royal family in procession to Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s state funeral, where world leaders were among the worshipers for the hour-long service.
In the personal touch, the wreath adorning the Queen’s coffin was a handwritten note written by the king that read: “In memory of a loving and devoted. Charles R.”
After the funeral, the coffin was carried in a large procession through London, past Buckingham Palace, before being taken to Windsor.
Hundreds of thousands of people have traveled to London and Windsor for the funeral and burial services, which are watched by millions around the world on television.
About 2000 mourners – including Heads of state, prime ministers and presidentsand members of European royal families – gathered for the funeral in the abbey, where the first guests took their seats hours before the service began.
‘we will meet again’
Addressing the mourners, the Archbishop of Canterbury said the “sorrow” the world felt over the Queen’s death “sprang from her abundant life and loving service”.
“She was happy, present to many, touching many lives,” said Reverend Justin Welby.
“People with loving service are rare in any walk in life. And loving service leaders are still more rare.
Her late Majesty’s broadcast during the COVID lockdown ended with “We’ll Meet Again,” Amal lyrics from a song by Vera Lynn.
He added: “Anyone who follows the Queen’s example, and inspires confidence and faith in God, can say with her: We will meet again.”
Shortly after 10.35 am, the coffin left Westminster Hall where it was One last member of the audience lined up overnight to see the Queen lying in state.
The Queen’s children walked behind the coffin, which was carried on a cannon cart in a military procession.
Inside Westminster Abbey, the King and Queen walked directly behind the coffin, followed by the Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence, Duke of York, Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Prince and Princess of Wales.
George and Charlotte walking behind the coffin
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were accompanied by their parents, followed by their uncle and aunt, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and other members of the royal family.
Prior to the service, the Princess of Wales was seen holding Charlotte’s hand, giving her a reassuring touch on her shoulder.
As the little ones were walking behind their grandmother’s coffin, Charlotte clasped her hands in front of her and George had his hands beside him.
The Dean of Windsor told the devotees: “Here, where Queen Elizabeth has been married and crowned, we gather from all parts of the nation, of the Commonwealth, and of the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, and remember her long and selfless service, and with confidence to oblige her to the mercy of God our Creator and Redeemer.”
was the king about to cry During the funeral, the Countess of Wessex was seen blinking her eyes.
The wreath on top of the sarcophagus included flowers requested by King Charles and cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Highgrove House.
State trumpeters from the Home Cavalry sounded the last post followed by two minutes of silence across the country, then the national anthem was sung by devotees.
Crowds gather for a historic parade
Crowds in the London Mall spontaneously applaud after the national anthem was played.
Tens of thousands of mourners lined the ceremonial procession route from the Abbey to Wellington Arch, where the Queen’s coffin left for Windsor Castle.
In a poignant gesture, staff from Buckingham Palace stood outside the gates of the royal residence and watched the late king pass by.
Behind her coffin were the King and his brothers – the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex – who were followed by the King’s three grandchildren, Peter Phillips, Duke of Sussex and Prince of Wales.
She traveled behind in state limousines the Princess of Wales and her children George and Charlotte, the Queen Consort, the Duchess of Sussex and Countess of Wessex.
After the Queen’s coffin was carried to the state lighthouse in Wellington Arch, flowers were thrown into the road by members of the public watching from behind the fence.
London City Council said all public viewing areas for the funeral procession were full about two hours before service began.
The The Queen passed away on Thursday, September 8 At the age of 96, she ended her 70-year reign and launched a period of national mourning.