Queen Elizabeth II laid to rest at Windsor Castle
Thousands of people crowded the streets of London as the late monarch made her final journey to and from Westminster Abbey — where the Queen was married and crowned — for the morning service.
Britain and the world said a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral Monday, as the beloved and longest-reigning UK monarch was laid to rest amid scenes of matchless pageantry across the country.
Tens of thousands of people crowded the streets of London as the late monarch made her final journey to and from Westminster Abbey — where the Queen was married and crowned — for the morning service.
More than 2,000 people, ranging from ashen-faced senior royals to world leaders, including President Joe Biden, had gathered inside the church to mourn the 96-year-old.
Ahead of the service, a bell tolled 96 times – once a minute to mark each year of her life.
“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 dean of the Abbey, David Hoyle, told mourners during the service.
King Charles III could be seen fighting back tears as the national anthem, “God Save the King,” played towards the end of the service and a two-minute silence was observed right across the United Kingdom.
After the funeral, many thousands more lined the 22-mile procession route that saw the Queen taken to her final resting place at Windsor Castle Monday afternoon.
Her state funeral is one of the grandest ceremonies ever seen in the British capital — and included personal touches from the monarch herself, who died Sept. 8 in Balmoral, Scotland.
King Charles himself requested that the wreath on top of the Queen’s coffin contain the same type of florals used in the bouquet from her 1947 nuptials to Prince Philip.
The new monarch also left a touching note on top of his mother’s coffin that read: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”
The meticulously planned funeral events began early Monday when the doors of Westminster Hall finally closed to the public after hundreds of thousands of mourners had filed past her coffin to pay their respects since Sept. 14.
Queen's coffin was then pulled from the hall on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy — a tradition dating back to the funeral of Queen Victoria.
King Charles and his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, were among those who marched solemnly behind her coffin en route to the church.
Once inside, Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles, the Princess of Wales Kate Middleton, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle joined the procession as the coffin was brought down the aisle.
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, were forced to sit behind his royal family — and well away from his once-close brother, new heir Prince William. The exiled couple were in the second row behind Charles, Camilla and other royals.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, told the congregation that the grief felt by so many across the UK was testament to the late monarch’s “abundant life and loving service.”
Pin-drop silence fell over sections of the city as the service, which was being livestreamed on screens erected for the occasion, unfolded.
In the hours before the pageantry had even commenced, authorities said procession viewing areas had already filled up.
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