World leaders, crowds gather at the Queen’s funeral

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is due to be buried after a state funeral attended by world leaders, and a final historic ceremonial trip through the busy streets of London.

Mourners arrived at Westminster Abbey this morning, including heads of state and members of the royal family from around the world, the current and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and relatives of the United Kingdom’s royal family.

Before the start of the service, Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin left the medieval Westminster Hall of Parliament, lying in state, carried by soldiers in red jackets from the Grenadier Guard.

Hundreds of thousands of mourners have seen the coffin since last Wednesday.

US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive in Westminster Abbey

It was put on a government cannon cart and carried by Royal Navy sailors to the funeral at nearby Westminster Abbey.

All public viewing areas for the funeral procession in the capital were full after 9 a.m.

The Queen’s repose in state ended at 6.30am after tens of thousands of people lined up to watch her coffin in Westminster Hall.

Guests arrive before the funeral at Westminster Abbey

The funeral service comes this morning before the commissioning service later this evening at Windsor Castle.

At Westminster Abbey, the royal family will march in procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it is carried through the Gothic chapel by the military party.

The King and Queen Consort will walk directly behind the coffin, followed by the Queen’s other sons, Anne and her husband Tim Lawrence, and Andrews, Edward and his wife Sophie.

Her grandchildren, William and Harry, and their wives, Kate and Megan, will participate in the procession.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will walk with their parents side by side in formation, followed by Harry, Meghan and other members of the royal family.


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The Queen’s coffin was carried in a large military procession from Westminster Palace to Westminster Abbey for the funeral at 11 am.

Heads of state, prime ministers, presidents, members of European royal families and prominent figures from public life gather in the monastery.

The funeral will be attended by President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Michael Martin.

Archbishop of All Ireland Archbishop Eamonn Martin is among other religious leaders representing churches in Northern Ireland.


Read the order of service for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral


Before the service, conducted by Reverend David Howell, Dean of Westminster, the tenor bell is rung every minute for 96 minutes, reflecting the Queen’s years of life.

Dr. Hoyle will say in The Bidding: “Here, as Queen Elizabeth was 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 to remember her long and selfless services.”

She will play The Queen’s Piper, Petty Officer Paul Burns, Traditional Lament Sleep, Dearie, Sleep after The Last Post, Two Minutes of Silence, Reveille and the National Anthem.

Queen Elizabeth died in Balmoral, Scotland on September 8

The funeral will be broadcast live in about 125 cinemas and many cathedrals in the UK, and on a large screen in Holyrood Park in front of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

At 12.15pm the coffin will be carried in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then travel to Windsor.

Seated women will then travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a televised referral service will be held at St George’s Chapel at 4pm.

The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service, with prayers said by the President of Sandringham University, Krathie Minister Kirk and the chaplain of Windsor Great Park.

The church choir will sing, and after the penultimate hymn, the crown of the empire, the Germanic ball and scepter will be carried from the queen’s coffin to the altar.

After the last chant, the King will place the Lone of the Queen’s Company camp of the Grenadier Guard on the coffin, while Lord Chamberlain breaks the office wand and places it on the coffin.

The Dean of Windsor will say a psalm and praise as the Queen’s coffin is lowered into the royal vault.

Next, Mr. Piper will play a lament and the Archbishop of Canterbury will cast the blessing, before worshipers sing the national anthem.

Later in the evening, there will be a private burial service with senior members of the royal family.

The Queen’s final burial place will be the King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex to the main chapel where her mother and father are buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Her husband Philip’s coffin will be moved from the royal vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen.

Special coverage of the funeral service will begin on RTÉ One Television, RTÉ News, and online at 10:30 a.m.